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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. 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 an academic medical center in Hershey, Pa. 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 robotic daVinci Surgical System. The 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 the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship. The program offers a robust surgical experience in advanced laparoscopic surgery, both conventional laparoscopy and robotic surgery, hysteroscopy and vaginal surgery.
Each fellow averages more than 400 cases per year, with approximately five to six surgical cases per operating room 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. Fellows also function as junior faculty, and take one weekend call per month.
Research is another core element of the fellowship. Research opportunities range from basic science to clinical trials. The division’s 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. The division has developed an endometriosis tissue bank and prospective database as part of its translational research efforts. 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.
The program fully supports academic pursuits to include education and attendance at national meetings. Fellows lead educational sessions for medical students and residents in addition to interdepartmental conferences that take a multidisciplinary approach to learning. The division gathers for monthly journal clubs. Additionally, fellows earn a Fundamental in Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) certificate and also enroll in an intensive biostatistics course.
Learn More about the Fellowship
The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship participates in the AAGL fellowship application and match program.
Applications must be completed on the AAGL website.
Penn State Health
Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to improve health through patient care, research, education and community outreach.
In December 2017, the system partnered with Highmark Health to facilitate creation of a value-based, community care network in the region. The shared goal of Highmark and Penn State Health is to ensure patients in the community are within:
- 10 minutes of a Penn State Health primary care provider
- 20 minutes of Penn State Health specialty care
- 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care facility
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Dr., Hershey, Pa., 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)
- The health system’s 548-bed flagship teaching and research hospital
- The only medical facility in Pennsylvania accredited as both an adult and a pediatric Level I (highest-level) trauma center
- Dedicated surgical, neuroscience, cardiovascular, trauma and medical intensive care units
- Accredited Life Lion critical-care transport providing more than 1,100 helicopter and approximately 750 ground ambulance transports per year
- More than 1,300 faculty members and more than 650 residents and fellows
- Approximately 28,500 admissions, 75,000 emergency department visits, 1.1 million outpatient visits and 32,000 surgical procedures annually
- Designated as a Magnet hospital three times
Penn State Children’s Hospital
600 University Dr., Hershey, Pa. 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)
- A five-story, 263,000-square-foot-facility built in 2013
- Three-floor expansion opened in November 2020
- Level IV (highest-level) neonatal intensive care unit
- Level I (highest-level) pediatric trauma center designation
- Dedicated pediatric operating rooms
- More than 150,000 pediatric outpatient visits and approximately 5,000 pediatric patient discharges annually
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Fellow wellness, including emotional, spiritual, social and physical health, is a crucial component to training and to becoming a professional, compassionate and resilient physician. Self-care is a skill which must be continually practiced and reinforced. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health are committed to addressing wellness, with multiple resources readily available.
Penn State Health celebrates, embraces and supports the diversity of all patients, faculty, staff, students and trainees.
Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In keeping with this, the institution has an active Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with various programs, networks and resource groups, including:
- Regular talks and lectures on diversity, equity and inclusion
- Periodic town halls on topics such as eradicating racism and creating a culture of inclusiveness
- An allyship support group
- Many affinity resource network groups, including:
- Disability Affinity Resource Network Group
- Group on Women in Medicine and Science
- Interfaith Affinity Resource Network Group
- LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Resource Network Group
- Military/Veterans Affinity Resource Network Group
- Multicultural Affinity Resource Network Group
- A new organization specifically for trainees, the Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows
Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education
The vision at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health is to equip learners with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will need to provide culturally excellent health care and research for an increasingly diverse U.S. population. The Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education was formed to help meet that goal.
Office for a Respectful Learning Environment
In addition, the institution does not tolerate discrimination, biases, microaggression, harassment or learner mistreatment of any kind, and any concerns are immediately addressed by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment.