Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) Fellowship

SurgeonVirginia Mason's Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) fellowship is a two-year ACGME-accredited fellowship which includes one clinical and one research year (basic science and/or clinical).

About Fellowship

The fellowship offers extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of male and female urinary incontinence and female pelvic floor reconstruction. It provides comprehensive, multi-disciplinary training in female urology, pelvic floor reconstruction (vaginal, open, laparoscopic and robotic) and sexual dysfunction, as well as exposure to neurourology, neuromodulation, urinary diversion and urodynamics. Male incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and prosthetic surgery opportunities are also available outside of the female pelvic medicine curriculum.

FPMRS Faculty

The fellowship faculty consists of five operative urologists and urogynecologists who specialize in urinary incontinence and female pelvic floor reconstruction, and two non-operative urologists who specialize in the medical management of urinary incontinence and female sexual dysfunction. Fellows will also work with gynecology, colorectal surgery, and physical medicine and rehabilitation faculty.

Meet the faculty team:

The Clinical Program at Virginia Mason

The program provides the fellow the necessary resources to learn and experience a hands-on educational approach to the care of the female urology patient. Fundamental to the program is the team modality approach. The fellow will be an active participant in daily rounds, consults, outpatient clinic and in the operating room. The clinical volume at Virginia Mason has excellent breadth and depth, and the fellow will be exposed to a wide array of cases involving female urology, pelvic floor reconstruction, male incontinence, erectile dysfunction and sexual dysfunction.

The Research Program at Virginia Mason

The research program at Virginia Mason is based in the laboratories of Margaret Allen MD, FACS, DrSc (HON.), James Dennis, PhD, and Tom Wight, PhD at the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI). The program provides the fellow with the platform to pursue a career in academic medicine. Fellows will pursue mentored basic science and translational investigative research in female pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Allen's current research utilizes tissue engineering, stem cells, and autologous cardiomyocytes for repair and regeneration of cardiac muscle so that the heart might recover function after myocardial infarction. As principal investigator of the new Center for Control of Inflammation and Tissue Repair at BRI, these techniques are now also being extended to the repair and restoration of skeletal muscle for treatment of major traumatic injuries.

The fellow will have one year dedicated to laboratory research. In addition, the fellow will participate in clinical research throughout his/her fellowship. The fellow will be responsible for maintenance of our clinical database, and will present his/her research at meetings including at the annual American Urologic Association meeting, and the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction winter meeting.

The research experience brings together considerable resources available to the fellow to fuel their academic interests.

Application Process

All applications need to be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Please refer to the ERAS guidelines for application deadlines. The Society for Urodynamics & Female Urology (SUFU) website is a helpful resource to guide you through the application process.

Interviews will be scheduled at Virginia Mason Medical Center and the dates will be confirmed via ERAS. Our current interview dates are March 27, 2020 and May 1, 2020.

Please email Elana Ross, Program Coordinator, with any questions concerning your application.