Curriculum & Applicant Requirements
The UMass Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery fellowship is a 3-year program which offers an integrated pelvic floor dysfunction experience and curriculum including vaginal, laparoscopic, robotic, and abdominal surgical approaches to surgical management of PFD. There are currently three surgeons and one CNM/PhD faculty in the urogynecology division. Fellows will gain experience in non-surgical approaches to pelvic floor dysfunction such as pessary management, behavioral management and pelvic floor PT. There are rotations in urology, colorectal surgery, and plastic surgery with experiences in physical therapy and electrophysiology. The FPMRS fellows interact extensively with the OB/GYN residency program as clinical and classroom educators. Current research focuses on surgical outcomes and predictors, but collaboration with the extensive basic-science and translational research resources of UMass Medical School and Worcester Polytechnic Institute is growing.
The UMass FPMRS Fellowship program was accredited by the American Board of Obstetricians Gynecologists (ABOG) in 2007 and by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2014. It is approved for 2 fellows/3 years. The fellowship curriculum has been designed to follow the General and Special Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in the Subspecialty of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery as well as the Guide to Learning in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery.
Other Degrees or Curricula Offered: There is an opportunity to enroll in a Masters in Clinical Investigation degree program through the medical school which can be completed during the 3 year fellowship.
Fellowship Program Director: Michael Flynn, MD, MHS
Associate Fellowship Program Director: Cynthia Hall, MD
Michael Flynn, MD, MHS: Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn, Urogynecology Division Director
Cynthia Hall, MD: Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Paula Bellin, MD: Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology
Paul Sturrock, MD: Assistant Professor of Colorectal Surgery
Katharine O'Dell, PhD, CNM - Assistant Professor of Obsetetrics & Gynecology
Stacey Berger, PT: Director of Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation & Women's Health (STAR certified)
Fellowship Coordinator: Susan Aller
UMass Memorial Medical Center
Department of OB/GYN / Division of FPMRS
119 Belmont Street, Jaquith 2
Worcester, MA 01605
Applicants are required to have successfully completed or anticipate successful completion of an ACGME accredited OB/GYN or Urology Residency program or equivalent training that confers eligibility for an unrestricted Massachusetts medical license prior to the start date of the FPMRS Fellowship.
The application process is through ERAS Fellowships which is an electronic application service of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Three letters of recommendation are required. While it is recommended that one of those letters be from the residency program director, it is not required. Passing scores on USMLE Steps I, II (CK & CS), and III are required.
All applications will be reviewed and all applicants will be notified once their application has been reviewed. Selected applicants will sent an invitation to interview. An interview is required to be considered for a fellowship position.
Interview dates will be: June 1 and June 3, 2015 for a position starting July 2016.
All requests for information should be sent to Susan Aller at Susan.Aller@umassmemorial.org or 508-334-6507.
Last updated 3/17/15