The Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Women & Infants Hospital (WIH) of Rhode Island is the teaching affiliate of Brown University, and serves as a tertiary care center for women with pelvic floor disorders.
The fellowship program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery is a 36-month program for graduates of Obstetrics and Gynecology residencies, and a 24-month program for graduates of Urology residencies. Fellows have rotations in Urology, Colorectal Surgery, Global Health, and Gastroenterology for Women. Additionally, all fellows are expected to complete the WIH Fellows’ Workshop in Clinical Research Design offered annually through the Division of Research.
Fellow education is a priority in the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, with scheduled fellow-directed didactics every Thursday morning. Also, fellows regularly participate in the clinical education of the OBGYN residents and Brown medical students. Fellows have additional opportunities to precept medical students while they are on their clinical rotations, lead Ob/Gyn-focused small-group activities for pre-clinical medical students, and deliver didactics to the residents through their formal curriculum and at weekly pre-operative conferences.
There are 7 full-time, fellowship-trained faculty members, 2 nurse practitioners, 5 nurses, 4 fellows, and a full office staff. The Division has its own dedicated clinical offices with 12 exam rooms, a urodynamics suite, and 2 cystoscopy suites. Additionally, the Division has a strong commitment to research and includes 1 full time research nurse supervisor, 2 full-time research assistants and 1 research intern. Fellows are expected to complete an ABOG-approved research thesis and a quality project. All fellows have dedicated office space with a personal computer, camera, copier, and printer.
Divisional seed grants are available to support fellow-initiated research projects, and financial support is provided for enrollment in the required two classes at the Brown University School of Public Health. Research and clinical time is scheduled in monthly or weekly blocks to accommodate fellows’ learning needs.