FPMRS Fellows
 

What is

FPMRS?

A sub-specialist in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, also referred to as a urogynecologist, is a physician in Urology or Obstetrics and Gynecology who, by virtue of education and training, is prepared to provide consultation and comprehensive management of women with complex benign pelvic conditions, lower urinary tract disorders, and pelvic floor dysfunction. Comprehensive management includes those diagnostic and therapeutic procedures necessary for the total care of the patient with these conditions and complications resulting from them.

 

Overview of FPMRS Fellowship Training

Graduates of United States or Canadian residency programs in either Urology or Obstetrics and Gynecology are eligible to seek subspecialty fellowship training in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS).  FPMRS physicians provide comprehensive management of women with pelvic floor disorders, including urinary incontinence, lower urinary tract disorders, neurogenic bladder, pelvic organ prolapse, and trauma- and childbirth-related injuries. Comprehensive management of the total female patient with pelvic floor disorders and related sequelae ranges from prevention of these conditions to proper diagnosis and treatment when they occur.  FPMRS fellowship training is designed to equip graduates with the multidisciplinary knowledge and training to address the gamut of pelvic floor disorders and to provide education in research and scholarly activities in the area of FPMRS

Graduates of an ACGME-accredited fellowship program are eligible for FPMRS subspecialty board certification, through an examination process.  Since 2016, completion of an accredited program is the only way to become eligible for subspecialty certification. 


Fellowship Types

Applicants to FPMRS fellowship must have completed an ACGME-accredited urology or gynecology residency.  Fellowship programs vary with regard to whether they accept residents trained in gynecology, urology or both. In general, urology residents are required to complete two years of FPMRS fellowship while gynecology residents must complete three; however, some programs require all fellows to complete three years of training, regardless of whether their core training is in urology or gynecology.

Combined programs are generally open to graduates from either specialty.  Some programs have a set alternating pattern of accepting candidates from both specialties.  There are also institutions that have parallel dual programs that function separately, but interact with each other to varying degrees with regard to clinical rotations and didactic training.

Based on the above, it is very important to be clear on whether a program is open to your core training specialty (urology or gynecology) during your year of application and what the expected length of training is prior to embarking on the application process.

It is also important to note that your eventual subspecialty certification will be obtained through the specialty board of your residency training (ABU for Urology, ABOG for OB/Gyn), regardless of where you do your fellowship. 

Finally, there are non-ACGME-accredited programs, but is important to note that only graduates of accredited fellowships will be eligible for subspecialty Board certification from either the ABU or ABOG.  Details regarding non-accredited programs may be found at SUFUorg.com.


Program Requirements

Program requirements for all ACGME-approved education programs within the field of FPMRS are set by the ACGME. These requirements are similar for all fellowship programs regardless of the core specialty of the program.  All ACGME-approved programs and can be found here.


 

Application Timing and
Match Process

Applications should be completed during your penultimate year of residency training (third year if you are in a gynecology residency, fourth year if you are in a five-year urology residency, and fifth year if you are in a six-year urology residency).  Most programs will conduct interviews at annual meetings of specialty organizations (AUGS, SUFU, AUA, etc.) and/or at the fellowship site during the year preceding your final year of residency.

Please note that candidates applying to accredited programs for FPMRS Fellowship Training must apply through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

The dates for the 2019 FPMRS Fellowship Match for 2020 appointments are:

 

5.9.19

Match opens

 

 

6.5.19

Rank order list entry opens

 

 
 

7.10.19

quota change deadline

 

7.24.19

Rank Order List Certification Deadline/LAst day to apply

 

8.7.19

Match DAY

 
 
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AUGS

The American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) is the premier non-profit organization representing professionals dedicated to treating female pelvic floor disorders. Founded in 1979, AUGS represents more than 1,900 members, including practicing physicians, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, nurses and health care professionals, and researchers from many disciplines.

For members and and attendees of our scientific and educational meetings and opportunities, AUGS is the primary source of clinical and scientific information and education in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS).

For more information, including a listing of all accredited FPMRS fellowships, visit the AUGS website.

 
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SUFU

The purposes of Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) are to improve the art and science of Urology through basic and applied clinical research in urodynamics and neurourology, voiding function and dysfunction, female urology and pelvic floor dysfunction, and to disseminate and teach these concepts. Urodynamics means the study of the transport, storage, and expulsion of urine. Applied clinical research involves both diagnostic and treatment modalities.

SUFU provides extensive resources to urologists seeking fellowship training and certification in FPMRS. For more information, visit the SUFU website.

 

Certifying Organizations

Physicians can become certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery through a number of pathways, depending on the specialty they pursued in residency. 

 

American board of obstetrics and gynecology

The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) is an independent, non-profit organization that certifies obstetricians and gynecologists in the United States.

Founded in 1927, the ABOG is one of the four founding members of the 24 specialty Boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Physicians who have completed an ACGME accredited residency program in Basic Obstetrics and Gynecology may pursue additional training in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

To become ABOG certified requires successful completion of three years of additional training and passing both a written and oral examination.

American Board of Urology

The American Board of Urology (ABU) is organized to encourage study, improve standards, and promote competency in the practice of Urology. The Board evaluates candidates who are duly licensed to practice medicine, and arranges and conducts examinations for the purpose of certification, subspecialty certification, recertification, and ongoing maintenance of certification. Certificates are conferred by the Board to candidates who successfully complete all requirements for a given certificate.

The ABU certifies urologic physicians who meet its educational, professional standing, and examination criteria. To become certified, a urologist must have core competencies in all domains of urology, including but not limited to pediatric urology, endourology, female urology, andrology, oncology, urolithiasis, and general urology.  All certified urologists are trained to evaluate and treat all patients with urological disorders.

American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

The American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AOBOG) is one of the eighteen approved specialty boards of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The AOA, through its certifying body, the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists, is the primary source of certification for osteopathic physicians. The AOBOG was established in 1943.

Osteopathic physicians who have completed an American Osteopathic Association approved residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology or fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery are automatically board eligible for the 6 year time frame.