Our fellows have protected didactic time every Wednesday morning from 8am-12pm. This time coincides with and includes our Departmental Grand Rounds and M&M, which makes up 1-2 hours of the curriculum. The remainder of the time is allocated for our FPMRS curriculum. This curriculum is a block schedule based on ABOG’s Guide to Learning in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and includes the six ACGME core competencies. It consists of an assortment of lectures, videos, Chapter discussions, and Journal Clubs and coincides with assigned Chapter readings each week. Additionally once a month, we have Division Research meetings to discuss ongoing projects, brainstorm new projects and meet with our faculty mentors and statisticians. In addition to the regular Wednesday morning curriculum outlined above, we have several other special scheduled didactic sessions throughout the year. Some of these include:

Research Bootcamp:
Scheduled at the beginning of each academic year (with the other ObGyn fellows). This bootcamp includes a series of lectures (Biostats, Study design, etc.) as well as live tutorials for learning statistical software (SAS, SPSS, STATA) to prepare our fellows for successful Thesis design and defense.

Robotic-Training Labs:
We have several scheduled throughout the year. Some use the Simulator, some include live pig labs, and some human cadavers.

Sling simulation:
Includes lectures and hands-on activity for sling placement on both pelvic models and cadavers (using retropubic, transobturator, and mini slings)

Sphincteroplasty simulation:
Includes lectures and hands-on performance of sphincteroplasty using a Beef Tongue model

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Training:
Every couple months, we have an expert physical therapist come in to give lectures as well as hands-on training to our fellows in pelvic floor PT techniques.