The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a two-year, non-ACGME-accredited, AAGL-approved program that admits one fellow per year.
The Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, part of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, established an AAGL-approved fellowship in 2010.
The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship is a two-year program, structured to provide the fellow all aspects of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, research endeavors and educational opportunities. Our fellows graduate with a strong surgical and academic base, and have pursued successful positions in academic centers
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a 550-plus-bed academic medical center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The hospital is equipped with 35 operating rooms, including eight laparoscopic suites. The medical campus boasts an outpatient surgical center housing six operating rooms. The Clinical Simulation Center is a 9,500-square-foot facility that combines the services of anesthesia, surgery and nursing into a single, state-of-the-art simulation center with the latest in surgical virtual reality simulators.
The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Service offers a high-volume surgical program utilizing both conventional laparoscopy and the daVinci Surgical Robotic System. Our consultative surgical service focuses on laparoscopic hysterectomy, laparoscopic myomectomy and endometriosis surgeries, with a particular specialization in daVinci robotic surgery.
Surgical training is a key component of our MIGS Fellowship. The program offers a robust surgical experience in advanced laparoscopic surgery, both convention laparoscopy and robotic surgery, hysteroscopy and vaginal surgery. Each of our fellows averages more than 400 cases per year, with approximately five to six surgical cases per OR day. The program includes opportunities for in-office hysteroscopy as well. Laparoscopic experience is divided into approximately 50 percent robotic and 50 percent conventional. High surgical volumes ensure more than adequate cases for fellow experience and resident surgical experience, but also provide an excellent resource for research studies and initiatives. Fellows interact and operate with skilled mentors not just in minimally invasive surgery, but also gynecologic oncology, reproductive gynecology and female pelvic floor surgery. Our fellows also function as junior faculty, and take one weekend call per month.
Research is another core element of our MIGS Fellowship. Our research opportunities range from basic science to clinical trials. Our current research interests include clinical and basic science applications to management of pelvic pain and endometriosis, innovative surgical techniques and the treatment of post-operative pain. As part of our translational research efforts, we have developed an endometriosis tissue bank and prospective database. Our faculty members hold primary research appointments, which provide the opportunity for fellow participation in ongoing studies. Fellows are also encouraged to create and develop their own projects, and are expected to either submit a final manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal or present an original work at a national conference.
Our program fully supports academic pursuits to include education and attendance at national meetings. Our fellows lead educational sessions for medical students and residents in addition to interdepartmental conferences that take a multidisciplinary approach to learning. The MIGS Division gathers for monthly journal clubs. Additionally, our fellows earn a Fundamental in Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) certificate and also enroll in an intensive biostatistics course.
We participate in the AAGL fellowship application and match program.
Applications are available at the AAGL website.
Complete the application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Contact Information
Phone: 717-531-0003, ext. 283519