Department of OBGYN

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

Clinical Experience

The curriculum is designed to provide broad training and experience in clinical care and research for women with pelvic floor disorders.  Clinical rotations include inpatient and outpatient urogynecology, urology, and gastroenterology.  Surgical approaches to pelvic floor disorders include abdominal, vaginal, and laparoscopic procedures.  The fellows will average 70-75 surgical cases per month. 

The primary site for care is provided at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, a nationally and regionally recognized leader in women’s health.  Magee-Womens maintains 383 licensed beds and is ranked in the top ten nationally for gynecologic care by US News & World Report. Fellows also participate in care at UPMC Passavant.  Passavant maintains 425 licensed beds and is a world-class tertiary care center with programs in heart care, cancer treatment, orthopedics, and spine surgery.  UPMC Passavant provides local access to comprehensive women’s health care services through programs linked to Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

Educational Program

The aim of our FPMRS program is to train fellows to become outstanding clinicians, researchers and thought leaders in the field of Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogynecology.  We strive for a truly integrated training program in the disciplines of urogynecology, urology and colorectal surgery/medicine by exposing fellows to a variety of patients seeking treatment of pelvic floor disorders while involving fellows in patient medical and surgical treatments and follow up care.  We involve trainees in improving access to the underserved and to promote advocacy for women affected by pelvic floor disorders.  Fellows are trained in study design, institutional review, subject enrollment and retention, data analysis, manuscript preparation and grant writing in both clinical outcomes and basic science research. 

We are very fortunate to have a wide diversity of specialists with expertise in all types of female pelvic floor disorders. We have nationally renowned faculty with a diverse range of research interests and are associated with the top residency program in country producing outstanding trainees.   In addition to close collaborations in the clinics and operating room, weekly academic conferences and didactic session are held with the faculty, fellows, residents, medical students, and other pelvic floor healthcare providers.

Research Opportunities

All fellows participate in a quality improvement project with 12 months dedicated to research throughout their fellowship.  Research rotations will include the opportunity to participate in both basic science (laboratory) research and clinical research, guided by the fellow’s individual interests and goals.  Fellows will have access to Magee-Womens Research Institute which is an independent research institute and the largest institute in the nation that focuses on reproductive biology, women’s health, and infants’ health.

For physicians who are interested in becoming independent investigators, the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) offers several programs through the University of Pittsburgh that entail extensive formal training in clinical and translational research, including Certificate, Master of Science, and Doctoral programs.  Fellows will also have the option to complete a 9-credit course at the ICRE or complete the ABOG Foundation for Exxcellence in Clinical Research Course.  Also offered is the REACH program.  The aim of this program is to provide high-quality instruction to medical professionals who are interested in gaining a better understanding of clinical research or are interested in participating in clinical research studies as an active member of a research team.  REACH is not part of a degree program, and University credit is not awarded for REACH.

Application Process

We participate with the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to provide a streamlined application process.  As part of the online ERAS application, please be sure to include three letters of recommendation with one from the department chair and one from the residency program director at your current institution along with a current photo (head/shoulder). We also require all CREOG in-service examination score sheets from all years taken to be emailed directly to the program coordinator at klazar@mwri.magee.edu.

To be considered, a complete application in ERAS must include:

  • My ERAS application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Medical School Transcript
  • MSPE
  • Personal Statement
  • Photo as outlined above
  • Complex USA Transcript
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation as outlined above
  • USMLE Transcript
  • ECFMG Status Report
  • CREOGs as outlined above

Important Dates

  • December 1: ERAS application process opens
  • March 1: Deadline to apply – all required materials due
  • Interviews:  2 dates available in April/May
  • Match: August

All current interview dates are available at http://www.fpmrsfellows.org/p/cm/ld/fid=692

For further information, please contact:

Program Coordinator

Kelli Lazar
Magee-Womens Research Institute
204 Craft Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15213
412-641-6052 / klazar@mwri.magee.edu

Program Director

Pamela A. Moalli, MD, PhD
Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Director of Fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
Magee-Womens Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh
Magee-Womens Research Institute
300 Halket Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15213
412-641-6052 / pmoalli@mail.magee.edu

 

Informational Links

Graduate Medical Education at UPMC www.upmc.com/gme

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC http://magee.upmc.com

Magee-Womens Research Institute http://institute.mwrif.org

Relocating to Pittsburgh http://relocate.upmc.com