About Our Program

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery fellowship at ChrstianaCare aims to produce leaders in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery. In addition to meeting the requirements of the AAGL FMIGS program, we aim to supersede surgical numbers to produce competent and confident gynecologic surgeons. Our goal is to provide a rich surgical education in the operating room balanced with patient care in the office and hospital to develop a well-rounded knowledge of patient evaluation and preparation, minimally invasive gynecologic interventions/procedures, and post-intervention care.

During the course of the fellowship, fellows are required to complete a research project suitable for publication in both years. Research training will include research mentorship through the Christiana Care Value Institute. Successful completion of a statistics course is also required. There is an option to complete a Master’s in Clinical Research for interested and motivated fellows. Fellows will update teams monthly on research progress. Collaboration with outside institutions is encouraged where appropriate.

Fellows are expected to actively participate in the education of residents, students, and colleagues, in the OR, the classroom, and the simulation lab. At a monthly meeting, fellows and faculty will review current literature likely to impact the field of MIGS and an appropriate didactic session is included. Fellows will obtain certifications in the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery at the start of their 2 years (if not already completed) and complete our institutional robotics simulation requirement. They will continue to assist in the simulation training for residents and students on the MIGS rotation, including human cadaver labs once a year.

Financial support for the fellowship comes from departmental duties including Women’s Triage shifts (one weekly and 2 weekend shifts per month). Additional shifts may be added to fund a Research Certification or Master’s program if desired. These obligations are scheduled outside of regular clinical hours in order to have minimal impact on the educational experience.