Frequently Asked Questions by FPMRS Fellowship Candidates
I am a resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology/Urology. Is Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery an accredited fellowship?
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship is accredited as a subspecialty by the American Boards of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology (ABOG and ABU). Candidates who have completed training in residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology or Urology may apply. Length of fellowship training for candidates who have completed training in residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology will be 3 years and 2 years for candidates who have completed residency in Urology.
How do I apply to a FPMRS fellowship?
You will need to register with ERAS http://www.aamc.org/audienceeras.htm in order to apply to accredited programs. You must contact non-accredited programs directly if you wish to apply to these programs.
Is there a subspecialty certification examination in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and if yes when will this happen? Will this be a written exam?
There is a subspecialty certification examination in FPMRS. OB/Gyns who have finished an ABOG-sponsored FPMRS fellowship after June 2012 must pass both a written and an oral certification examination. Per the ABU, urologists who have finished an FPMRS fellowship after June 2012 must pass a written certification examination only. Physicians who finished training in a non-ABOG/ACGME-sponsored fellowship after June 30, 2012 are not be eligible for certification in FPMRS by the ABOG or ABU.
I am a resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology/Urology. There are several accredited and non-accredited programs listed on the AUGS web site. What do these terms mean and which type of programs should I apply to?
Accreditation means that the Fellowship training program has been evaluated by ACGME and has been found to meet the requirements for training fellows in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.
You may apply to accredited or non-accredited programs. However, residents must complete an accredited fellowship training program in order to sit for the subspecialty examination. This means that if you are completing Ob/Gyn or Urology residency, you will be allowed to take the subspecialty examination only if you graduate from an accredited program.
There are several different lists of FPMRS programs available on AUGS website, ACGME website and the SUFU website and the ERAS website. Why are these lists different?
The list of programs on the ACGME website is the list of programs that have received accreditation from ACGME. The list of programs on the ERAS website is also of programs that are accredited by ACGME (http://www.aamc.org/audienceeras.htm). If the program is registered with ERAS, this is indicated by the letter P next to its name on the ERAS website. If the program is not registered with ERAS, this is indicated by NP.
As a service to their members, AUGS www.augs.org and SUFU www.sufuorg.com will continue to list non-accredited programs on their websites as well. Please note that programs approved by SUFU are not the same as programs accredited by ACGME. Candidates can take the subspecialty examination in FPM/RS only if they graduate from a program accredited by ACGME.
I am a resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology/Urology. I have been offered a position in a non-accredited training program. Will I be able to sit for the subspecialty exam if the fellowship training program gets accredited after I start my fellowship?
Yes. If the FPMRS fellowship program gets accredited after you join, you will be allowed to sit for the subspecialty examination. The program must be accredited when you graduate. ACGME or AUGS cannot provide information to candidates entering non-accredited programs whether the program will receive accreditation from ACGME. Once a program receives accreditation, the program gets listed on the ACGME web site.