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Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program

Dr Handa and Dr Chen in scrubs with surgical robotFaculty members Drs. Chi Chiung Grace Chen and Victoria Handa.

Our ACGME-accredited 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.

Program Highlights

Best of Both Worlds: Our clinical training is split between Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, an urban tertiary center, and Greater Baltimore Medical Center, a large suburban community hospital. This combination give our fellows a rich exposure to practice in two very different settings, under the supervision of six FPMRS board-certified faculty members.

Global Health experience: This rotation is optional and can be tailored to the fellows' interests and experiences. Fellows participate in clinical, educational, and research opportunities in lower resource settings. Opportunities also include global health educational program building (a longitudinal experience for those interested in a career in global health).

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

Multidisciplinary collaboration: The Johns Hopkins Women’s Center for Pelvic Health and Reconstructive Surgery is an integrated clinic that includes urogynecology, urology and colorectal practices. This collaboration insures that the fellow has a robust multidisciplinary experience.

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.

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

ABOG certification: 100% pass rate for the ABOG certification exam.


Application Process


  • 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.

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)

Deadlines for 2022

  • Applications: Tuesday, January 18

We will be participating in the "first round" interview process this year. We will notify all applicants of our decision for interviews on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 by 8:00 PM EST. Applicants must accept or decline their interview offer by Monday, February 7, 2022 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 8, 2022.

  • Interview dates: Friday, April 29 & Saturday, April 30

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

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