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Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship

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The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a three-year, non-ACGME-accredited, AAGL-approved program that admits one fellow per year.

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The Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center established an AAGL-approved fellowship in 2010. The program has developed a three-year curriculum with career development integrated throughout the training process to maximize clinical/surgical exposure and research/education time. Protected time will include time for research, required coursework and formal training in teaching. Fellows will have approximately 30% career development time in the first year, 80% in the second year, and 40% in the third year.

The Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery logo from the AAGL includes that text in a red circle with the medical caduceus logo in gray in the center.The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Service offers a high-volume surgical practice utilizing both conventional and robot-assisted laparoscopic platforms. The program has fellowship-trained MIGS faculty as well as associated OBGYN faculty from all other ACGME subspecialties. The surgical service focuses on the management of complex benign gynecologic diseases. The division has a particular interest in pelvic pain with a dedicated multidisciplinary Center for Endometriosis and Chronic Pelvic Pain. Fellows will have experience with a full complement of gynecologic procedures. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a 550-plus-bed academic medical center located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The hospital is equipped with 35 operating rooms, including eight laparoscopic suites. Each fellow has historically averaged more than 350 surgical cases per year.

The fellowship has integrated a master’s degree into the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery curriculum. Upon matching with the program, fellows will choose from a pathway in either public health or clinical research. Current Master of Public Health pathways include: Community and Behavioral Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Systems Organization and Policy, and Global Health. The clinical research pathway is focused on the development of clinician scientists and will provide fundamentals to ensure the successful incorporation of research into your medical career. The programs have been individualized to minimize impact on clinical experiences.

Fellows can also receive formal training as medical educators through the Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education. Fellows will have the opportunity to complete multiple Educator Development Workshops to develop tools for use as future leaders in medical education. The fellows will educate residents in the OBGYN Department through didactic lectures, multidisciplinary conferences, inpatient rounding and participation in other resident/student education sessions.

Dedicated research time will be an important part of protected career development time. Fellows will have a multidisciplinary research/mentorship team, statistical support and funding for proposed research. Fellows will be encouraged to develop research that will not only meet thesis and manuscript requirements, but allow them to have preliminary data that will facilitate applications for external research funding beyond the fellowship if that is their career path of choice.

The fellowship is dedicated to developing not only outstanding surgeons, but well-rounded specialists in benign gynecologic conditions poised to have an impact in the field.

For additional information, please feel free to contact us or visit the department’s clinical website.

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The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship participates in the AAGL fellowship application and match program. The fellowship will not be participating in the 2022-2024 Fellowship cycle. The fellowship anticipates participating in the 2023-2025 Fellowship cycle.

For additional information on future cycles, visit the AAGL website.

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