The fellowship program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of North Carolina is a three-year program approved by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. One fellow is accepted at the first year level each year.

The goal of the fellowship is to train physicians to assume the role of consultant as clinicians and surgeons while promoting the academic goals of teaching and research within this rapidly advancing subspecialty. This is accomplished through a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care involving nationally and internationally recognized experts in GI Medicine, Urology, Colorectal Surgery, and Neurology. The diverse referral patient population cared for by this team allows for training in multiple surgical modalities including vaginal, abdominal, laparoscopic, and robotic approaches. In addition, the medical care offered to patients allows for advanced training in physical therapy, pain management, neuromodulation, and pharmacotherapy. This collaborative effort encourages a diverse range of clinical and scientific viewpoints and experiences.

The School of Medicine at the UNC at Chapel Hill and UNC Hospitals comprise North Carolina’s most comprehensive public center for medical care, health careers, educational and biomedical research. The close association with the nationally recognized UNC School of Public Health expands the quality and diversity of opportunities available. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNC is one of only a few departments in the nation with boarded fellowships in all recognized Ob/Gyn subspecialties. The Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship program provides exceptional, multidisciplinary educational opportunities to fellows and prepares them for a career in clinical and academic medicine.

1) To prepare fellows to provide excellent clinical care, medical and surgical, in the comprehensive evaluation and management of women with pelvic floor disorders, including urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and complex benign conditions such as vesicovaginal and rectovaginal fistulas and congenital anomalies.

2) To provide the fundamental research and analytical skills necessary for a successful career as an academic leader in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and to nurture a drive towards independent scientific investigation.

3) To promote skills in teaching, curriculum development, and management essential for excellence as future educators, mentors, and leaders in this field.