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Fellowship Program Curriculum

Curriculum

Number of fellows: One per year

Duration of training program: 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, poterior 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).

First year and third year:

  • Five months on service JHBMC (urogynecology and urology)
  • Five months on service GBMC
  • Two months research

Second year:

  • Four months clinical rotations, including colorectal
  • Eight months research
  • Graduate courses: Principles of Epidemiology, Statistical Reasoning I and II

Fellows also are prepared for academic careers via full participation in research projects, presentations at national meetings, grant writing and scientific publications.

Other Program Details

  • No in-house call, no obstetrical duties
  • Two weeks of vacation plus two weeks of conference time
  • Employment benefits

Research Component

Johns Hopkins 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, biostatistics and research ethics. These courses are offered by The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Recent Fellow Publications

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

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

Dr. Jennifer Hallock: Patient 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.