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Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program

Our fellowship is dedicated to training physicians for leadership roles in the academic practice of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. The program missions include:

  • Providing the highest level of clinical training for fellows, who will master the evaluation and management of complex pelvic floor disorders and prepare to serve their patients and colleagues as expert consultants.
  • Enhancing fellows' abilities as teachers and providing them with specific skills related to educating future generations of physicians.
  • Ensuring that fellows obtain the expertise and knowledge needed to conduct high-impact research.

The Johns Hopkins Fellowship in FPMRS is accredited by ACGME through 2016 (initial accreditation effective July 2012).

The curriculum includes 12 months of research and 24 months of clinical training (totaling three years). Clinical rotations include urogynecology (at Johns Hopkins and at Greater Baltimore Medical Center), urology, colorectal surgery and geriatrics. Fellows also are prepared for academic careers via full participation in research projects, presentations at national meetings, grant writing and scientific publications.

Other degrees or curricula offered:

  • Our fellows complete graduate-level courses in epidemiology, biostatistics and research ethics. These courses are offered by The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, consistently ranked as the #1 school of public health in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in obstetrics and gynecology, and must be eligible for medical licensure in the state of Maryland.

Number of fellows:

  • One per year

Fellowship Administration and Faculty

Photo of Dr. Tola B Fashokun, M.D.

Fashokun, Tola B, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Fellowship Program Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
 
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Handa, Victoria Lynn, M.D.

Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Division
Associate Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
 

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Carolyn Wilkinson

Program Coordinator

Urogynecology Faculty

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Abernethy, Melinda Gail, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
 
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Chen, Chi Chiung Grace, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
 
Photo of Dr. Tola B Fashokun, M.D.

Fashokun, Tola B, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Fellowship Program Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
 
Photo of Dr. Victoria Lynn Handa, M.D.

Handa, Victoria Lynn, M.D.

Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Director, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Division
Associate Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
 

Colorectal Faculty

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Fang, Sandy Hwang, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director, High Resolution Anoscopy Clinic
 
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Gearhart, Susan L, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Professor of Oncology
 

Gastroenterology Faculty

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Clarke, John O'Brien, M.D. III

Associate Professor of Medicine
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Achalasia, Barrett's Esophagus, Burping, Belching, Clinical Gastroenterology, Constipation, Digestive Diseases, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Esophageal Disease, Gastroenterology, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Gastroparesis, Heartburn, Hiccups, Hoarseness, Motility Disorders, Nausea, Neurogastroenterology, Rectal Problem, Reflux and Burning, Stomach Ulcer, Swallowing Disorders, Vomiting
 

Urology Faculty

Photo of Dr. Edward James Wright, III, M.D.

Wright, Edward James, M.D. III

Associate Professor of Urology
Director, Division of Reconstructive and Neurological Urology
Chief of Urology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Incontinence, Lower Urinary Tract Reconstruction, Pelvic Floor Disorders, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pelvic Prolapse, Urethral Stricture, Urinary Incontinence, Urogynecology, Urology
 

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Staff

Laura Scheufele, Physical Therapist

Scheufele, Laura, PT, B.C.I.A.-P.M.D.B.

Physical Therapist, Department of Rehabilitation Services

 

Application Process

Application to the fellowship should be done via ERAS. Applicants also should submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) scores from third year of residency
  • At least three letters of recommendation (one must be from the chairman of urology or gynecology, or the residency program director)
  • Personal statement (preferably focused on the applicant's interest in the field; this also provides an opportunity to emphasize relevant academic credentials and personal qualities)

Anticipated Deadlines for 2016

  • Applications must be complete by Friday, April 15.
  • Interview dates: Friday, May 20, and Monday, May 23

For more information or if you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Carolyn Wilkinson, fellowship coordinator, at 410-550-2787 or e-mail cwilkin1@jhmi.edu.

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