Urogynecology Fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

The fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery is accredited with The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Trainees per year: three

Fellowship length: three years

Salary: $68,500 (subject to change annually = OHSU GME PGY5 level salary) first year with annual increases based upon PGY6 & PGY7

Other covered expenses: OHSU benefits package including medical and dental insurance along with retirement funding, malpractice coverage, travel to the annual AUGS meeting, participation in AUGS fellow's research retreat and travel to other meetings when a presentation is made upon divisional approval. Tuition for required 2 year Human Investigation Program (HIP), expenses for AUGS membership, medical license and DEA, stipend for books and other miscellaneous items.

Benefits: 3 weeks vacation per year

Year program began: 1995

Number of graduates: 13

Activities of graduates:

  • academic medicine
  • private clinical practice

Goals

The goal of our fellowship is to produce academic practitioners in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, and to encourage fellows to enter academic medicine by providing them with the breadth and depth of clinical and scientific knowledge.

The strengths of this program include:

  • Clinical exposure to the complete battery of diagnostic and therapeutic options for women with pelvic floor disorders
  • Multidisciplinary environment with faculty in urology, colon and rectal surgery, neurology, gastroenterology, radiology, and physical therapy
  • Opportunity for involvement in NIH-funded pelvic floor research. Requirement to participate in Human Investigations Program (a 2-year, NIH-sponsored, clinical research curriculum, with the opportunity to obtain a Master's degree in clinical research)

Clinical

Our clinical practice offers a full spectrum of female pelvic medicine services at OHSU's Center for Women's Health and Kaiser practice sites. Fellows interact with attending physicians at OHSU and Kaiser, both in the outpatient clinical setting and in the operating room. Additionally, there are operative experiences at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital with our adjunct faculty members. Fellows perform the majority of urodynamic studies in conjunction with the Urogynecology nurse, Jane Meister, RN. We have a pelvic floor dysfunction program that is coordinated through the Urogynecology division but involves additional consultants in urology, colorectal surgery, gastroenterology, physical therapy, radiology (for dynamic pelvic floor MRI), and womens counseling services. Finally, we perform our own translabial/transperineal pelvic floor ultrasound (including 3D/4D), endoanal ultrasonography (3D/4D), anorectal manometry, and complete pelvic floor neurophysiologic testing.

Education

Fellowship is expected to be a combination of guided and self-taught education. Fellows are expected to read appropriate texts pertaining to the field of female pelvic medicine and remain current with the published literature.

These include:

  • journal club
  • grand rounds
  • research meetings and didactic seminars
  • surgical cases presented in conjunction with the rotating second and third year Ob/Gyn resident

The residency at OHSU has a 2 month third year rotation in urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery. This rotation includes both clinical and operative time with the division. Additionally, each Friday afternoon a resident urogynecology clinic is held as part of the rotation.  Involvement in resident education is expected as part of the fellowship experience.

Research

It is our expectation that a fellow in our program will have fully developed and reported on at least one major research project during their fellowship. The width and breadth of both clinical and basic science projects that are currently underway in our division gives our fellows the opportunity to become involved in many areas. Areas of special interest include the hormonal effects on pelvic floor connective tissue, epidemiology of pelvic floor dysfunction, and pelvic floor injury. Fellows will also be expected to complete a 2 year course in Human Investigations (NIH K-30 sponsored course) to aid in their understanding of research and literature review.

All required residency education for entry into ACGME-accredited fellowship programs must be completed in an ACGME-accredited residency program, or in an RCPSC-accredited or CFPC-accredited program located in Canada. 

Applicant must be legally able to work in the U.S., or eligible to obtain work authorization.

CREOG scores are not required. A complete application must include:

  • ERAS application
  • CV
  • Official transcripts
  • MSPE (Dean's letter)
  • Personal statement
  • Photo
  • USMLE/COMLEX
  • ECFMG (if visa sponsorship is required)
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Application Form and Instructions

The Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program is a specialty participating in ERAS.  Please go to the ERAS Fellowship Application Site to apply.

Through the ERAS application process you will be asked to submit all the documents that we require for a complete application.

The Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship program currently only accepts applications from OB-GYN residents for a fellowship position.

Program Director

W. Thomas Gregory, M.D.

W. Thomas Gregory, M.D.

Dr. Gregory completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency training at OHSU. He then entered a private practice in Ob/Gyn for one year prior to returning to OHSU for fellowship training in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, which he completed in June 2001. He completed a Women's Reproductive Health Research Career Development grant. He is now the Principal Investigator on a five -year NIH (NICHD) grant investigating pelvic floor nerve and muscle injury associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Dr. Gregory spends 50% time in research and 50% in clinical practice.

Additional Program Faculty

S. Renee Edwards, M.D.

S. Renee Edwards, M.D.

Dr. Edwards completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency training at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago where she remained for her fellowship in Urogynecology under the direction of Drs. Linda Brubaker and Dee Fenner. She joined the faculty at Oregon Health & Science University in 1999 after 4 years of practice in Chicago. She is the Chief Medical Officer of OHSU and an associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology. She maintains a clinical practice in Urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery along with her administrative responsibilities.

Blake Osmundsen, M.D.

Dr. Osmundsen finished his residency in OB/GYN at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA in 1991.  He has focused his practice on pelvic floor reconstructive surgery since 1995, and has been instrumental in bringing minimally invasive pelvic floor reconstruction with laparoscopy to Portland.  Dr. Osmundsen completed his Masters in Clinical Research and is presently studying the interaction effects of prolapse on incontinence in surgical management.  He is in private practice and offers surgical volume for the fellowship at Legacy Hospital.

Jen Lillemon, M.D.
expected date of graduation: 06/2019

Ian Fields, M.D.
expected date of graduation: 06/2020

Alaina Bennett, M.D.
expected date of graduation: 06/2021

Alumni

Kimberly Kenne, M.D.
date of graduation: 06/2018
Current Practice:  academic faculty, University of Iowa

Camille Calderwood, M.D.
date of graduation: 08/2017
Current Practice: academic faculty, Saint Joseph Hospital

Jameca Price, M.D.
date of graduation: 06/2016
Current Practice: academic faculty, University of Oklahoma

Faisal Aslam, M.D.
date of graduation: 06/2015
Current Practice: clinical private practice

Kerrie Adams, M.D.
date of graduation: 06/2013
Current Practice:

Rahel Nardos, M.D.
date of graduation: 06/2011
Current Practice: Kaiser clinical practice, OHSU academic faculty research and international women's health

Virginia G. King, M.D.
date of graduation: 06/2010
Current practice: clinical private practice

Mary Anna Denman, M.D.
date of graduation: 06/2008
Current practice: academic faculty, Oregon Health & Science University

Sarah Hamilton Boyles, M.D.
date of graduation: 06/2006
Current practice: clinical private practice

Chiara Ghetti, M.D.
date of graduation: 07/2004
Current practice: academic faculty, University of Pittsburgh, Magee-Women's Hospital

Thomas Gregory, M.D.
date of graduation: 06/2001
Current practice: academic faculty, Oregon Health & Science University

Lesley Otto, M.D.
date of graduation: 06/1999
Current practice: clinical private practice

Ambre Olsen, M.D.
date of graduation: 08/1996
Current practice: clinical private practice

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