Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Fellowship Program

About the Program

The department of obstetrics and gynecology fellowship program in Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is an intensive two-year training accredited by the AAGL (http://www.aagl.org/service/fellowships/) to prepare a graduate for MIS in gynecology expertise. Each year one fellow is accepted to the program. The prospective fellow is expected to have attained the competencies set forth in the CREOG Educational Objectives related to gynecologic conditions (www.acog.org).

The overall goal of the MIS program is for the graduate to serve as an independent specialist and consultant in the surgical management and techniques of advanced benign minimally invasive gynecology. Fellows have the opportunity to practice in a multicultural community, specifically one with a significant Hispanic population. Our program prides itself on being the only comprehensive U.S./Mexico border training program in the nation. This permits for a diverse patient population which is accompanied by a wide array of all-encompassing cases that are unique to the physician in training.

Curriculum

Didactic
Education opportunities include conferences, seminars, and didactic instruction in both basic science and clinical aspects of the specialty. This includes online coursework and a schedule that allows attendance at conferences.

Clinical
Fellows will experience inpatient and outpatient care in a variety of cases and surgical procedures including hysterectomy, hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, laparotomy, and robotic surgery. Fellows will also be involved in preoperative planning and postoperative patient care in addition to taking call in the adjacent busy atmosphere of University Medical Center.

Research
Fellows will have access to courses in clinical research, research design, biostatistics, and epidemiology. Fellows may also be given the opportunity to work towards an advanced degree (e.g. MPH) or certificate in clinical research in a classroom setting or through approved online courses.

Research Projects
Fellows will undertake an independent research project under the direction of a faculty member and integrated with clinical training initiated in the first year of fellowship. Fellows will also make one or two presentations about the program in the community annually.

Evaluation
Fellows will keep a surgical case list and have regular evaluations in patient care, medical knowledge, surgical skills, case list, practice-based learning, communication skills, professionalism, and system-based practice by the faculty they rotate with to determine competency and advancement.

Application Process

The prospective fellow is expected to complete an application through the AAGL website (http://www.aagl.org/service/fellowships/apply-to-the-program/) to be considered for an interview prior to matching.

Candidates invited for an interview will be informed, in writing or by electronic means, of the terms, conditions, and benefits of their appointment, including stipend and other financial support; vacations; parental, sick and other leaves of absence.

For more information including case requirements please see: http://www.aagl.org/service/fellowships/

Brenda Avitia

Brenda Avitia

MIS Fellowship Coordinator

brenda.avitia@ttuhsc.edu

915-215-4651