The Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is a two-year academic based program. Our goal is to provide solid surgical and medical training that will prepare our fellows to deliver advanced minimally invasive gynecologic care to their patient populations upon matriculation. The program consists of a carefully constructed combination of surgical and clinical exposure, didactics and research.
Fellows will operate with faculty three days per week. There will be exposure to robotically-assisted laparoscopic surgery two to three days per month. Although the majority of cases will be benign minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries with an emphasis on advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic cases, our program includes exposure and teaching in vaginal procedures, office based procedures, occasional open procedures when appropriate, as well colorectal and urologic surgeries.
Fellows will spend one day each week in the gynecology clinic working alongside MIGS faculty as well as seeing patients independently. Fellows will work closely with our residents in the BIDMC OBGYN residency program and will have the responsibility of teaching in the simulation laboratory and in the operating theaters.
Fellows will participate in monthly structured teaching conferences with our faculty. Our teaching conferences will focus on the AAGL Core Reading List supplemented by teaching videos and journal articles as selected by our faculty. Fellows will attend Grand Rounds with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at BIDMC. Fellows’ schedule and responsibilities will be structured to allow regular attendance at national conferences, specifically AAGL Annual Meetings.
A full day of each week will be devoted to academic duties, which include research as well as simulation practice and teaching. The department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has a strong commitment to high standards in clinical research as evidenced by our program in Epidemiologic Research. Fellows will be expected to take an active role in ongoing research within our division and department. Fellows will have access to our departmental research team and will be encouraged to participate in programs at Harvard Medical School related to clinical research, research design, biostatics and epidemiology.
Fellows will be expected to initiate a research project in their first year. A research mentor will be assigned and the project will be registered with the FMIGS board. Our minimal goal will be completion of the pilot phase of any project within the first year of the fellowship and submission of an abstract at AAGL or another national meeting. Fellows will be encouraged to complete their projects with the goal of publication as warranted.