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Our ACGME-accredited fellowship is dedicated to training physicians for leadership roles in the academic practice of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

 

 
 

Program Highlights

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Best of Both Worlds

Our clinical training is split between Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Greater Baltimore Medical Center. This combination gives our fellows a rich exposure to practice in two very different settings.

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Global Health Experience

This optional rotation is tailored to the fellows' interests and experiences. Fellows participate in clinical, educational, and research opportunities in lower resource settings.

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Surgical Breadth

Fellows train in vaginal, abdominal, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Fellows also get experience in office procedures (intravesical Botox, urethral bulking), neuromodulation procedures, and complex urodynamic studies.

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Multidisciplinary Collaboration

Gain a robust multidisciplinary experience through The Johns Hopkins Women’s Center for Pelvic Health and Reconstructive Surgery, an integrated clinic that includes urogynecology, urology and colorectal practices.

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Graduate courses at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Take courses at the school consistently ranked as the #1 school of public health in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
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Meaningful Research

Our fellows consistently present from the podium at national meetings and have a 100% publication record for thesis research.

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ABOG Certification

100% pass rate for the ABOG certification exam.

 

Current Fellows

  • Anna Pancheshnikov, M.D.

    3rd Year Fellow

    Anna Pancheshnikov
  • Preston Edge, M.D.

    2nd Year Fellow

    Preston Edge
  • Barbara Ha, M.D.

    1st Year Fellow

    Barbara Ha
 

Application Process 

  • 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.
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  • How to Apply

    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)
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  • Deadlines for 2023

    • Applications: Tuesday, January 17

    We will be participating in the "first round" interview process this year. We will notify all applicants of our decision for interviews on Monday, February 6, 2023 by 8:00 PM EST. Applicants must accept or decline their interview offer by Monday, February 13, 2023 by 8:00 PM EST. Non-response or failure to accept via expected method(s) may be considered a decline. The second round of interview offers (if any) will be sent out on Tuesday, February 14, 2023.

    • Interview dates: Friday, May 5 & Saturday, May 6

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

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Curriculum Details

  • One per year.

  • Three years.

    The curriculum includes 12 months of research and 24 months of clinical training. Clinical rotations include urogynecology (at Johns Hopkins and at Greater Baltimore Medical Center), urology, and colorectal surgery.

    Surgical experience includes training in vaginal, abdominal, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Office procedures include diagnostic cystoscopy, intravesical Botox, urethral bulking, complex urodynamic studies, posterior tibial nerve neuromodulation, and other procedures. Multidisciplinary collaborations provide experience in neurourology, reconstructive urologic procedures, management of functional bowel disorders, and surgical treatment of colorectal disorders (including rectal prolapse and fecal incontinence).

    • No in-house call, no obstetrical duties
    • Three weeks of vacation plus one week of conference time
    • Employment benefits
  • Fellows are prepared for academic careers via full participation in research projects, presentations at national meetings, grant writing and scientific publications.

    All fellows receive formal training in research methods, with an emphasis on study design. Fellows have the opportunity to gain experience in grant writing under the mentorship of experienced faculty members. Thesis research can include clinical or basic science research. Fellows can receive study design and statistical support through our NIH-funded research core. Each fellow presents a form thesis defense in order to prepare for FPRMS board certification. Additional experience is provided in scientific writing and the scientific peer review process.

    Graduate courses in research methods: Our fellows complete graduate-level courses in epidemiology and biostatistics offered by The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 
 
 

Fellowship Administration and Faculty

 

Leadership Team

Program Director - Dr. Danielle Patterson, Associate Program Director - Dr. Victoria Handa, Program Coordinator - Carolyn Wilkinson

 

Carolyn Wilkinson

Program Coordinator

Carolyn Wilkinson
 

Urogynecology Faculty

 

Colorectal Faculty

 

Urology Faculty

 

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Staff

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

Physical Therapist, Department of Rehabilitation Services

Laura Scheufele
 

Participating Faculty Members at Greater Baltimore Medical Center

  • Joan Blomquist, M.D.

    Chair, Gynecology

    Joan Blomquist
  • Stephanie Jacobs, M.D.

    Chief, Urogynecology

    Stephanie Jacobs
 

Recent Fellow Publications

Recent fellow publications from thesis work demonstrate the impact of their research:

Dr. David LovejoyBreastfeeding and pelvic floor disorders one to two decades after vaginal delivery.  Lovejoy DA, Roem JL, Blomquist JL, Pandya PR, Handa VL. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Oct;221(4):333.e1-333.e8.

Dr. Emily MyerLongitudinal changes in pelvic floor muscle strength among parous women.  Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Jun 11

Dr. Jennifer HallockPatient satisfaction and informed consent for surgery.  Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017;217:181.e1-181.e7.

Dr. Chandhu Paka:  Relationship of Anatomy and Function: External Anal Sphincter on Transperineal Ultrasound and Anal Incontinence.  Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2017;23:238-243.

Dr. Cynelle Kunkle:  Prevalence of cognitive impairment in older women with pelvic floor disorders.  Int Urogynecol J. 2017;28:1645-1650.

Dr. Hafsa Memon:  Comparison of levator ani muscle avulsion injury after forceps-assisted and vacuum-assisted vaginal childbirth.  Obstet Gynecol. 2015;125:1080-7

Dr. Sarah Friedman:  Pelvic muscle strength after childbirth.  Obstet Gynecol. 2012;120:1021-8.

Prior Fellows

  • Jacqueline Kikuchi, M.D.

    Jerome Buller, MD, MBA, MS, FACOG, FACHE
    Commander,
    US Army Institute of Surgical Research

    Kenneth Leffler, MD, COL, USAF, MC, FS
    Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
    Brooke Army Medical Center

    Sohail Siddique, MD
    Chief, Division of Urogynecology,
    Director, Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Fellowship,
    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

    Robert Gutman, MD
    Professor,
    Georgetown University School of Medicine,
    Fellowship director, Washington Hospital Center

    Lieschen Quiroz, MD 
    Professor,
    Division Director,
    University of Oklahoma

    Stuart Shippey, MD
    Associate Professor
    Urogynecologist and Director of Research
    OB/GYN Residency Program
    Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola, University of Florida

    Leise Knoepp, MD, MHS 
    Urogynecologist,
    Ochsner Medical Center

    Sarah Friedman, MD
    Assistant Professor,
    Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

  • Hafsa Memon, MD
    Women's Pelvic Health And Continence Center,
    Stony Brook Medicine

    Cynelle Kunkle, MD
    Director of Female Pelvic Medicine
    Crozer Health

    Chandhu Paka, MD
    Assistant Professor,
    Icahn School of Medicine, Mt. Sinai Medical Center

    Jennifer Hallock, MD
    Urogynecologist,
    Kaiser Permanente Northern California

    Emily Myer, MD
    Urogynecologist,
    Comprehensive Healthcare for Women, Minnesota

    David Lovejoy, MD
    Associate Professor
    Division Director, Urogynecology
    Navicent Healthcare

    Prerna Raj Pandya, MD, MS
    Urogynecologist,
    Aurora Health Care, Wisconsin

    Keila Muniz, MD
    Urogynecologist,
    St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, NY

  
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