Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Urology Fellowship

Training Program Overview

The Stanford female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS) urology fellowship is a 2 year ACGME ABU/ABOG accredited program, which prepares the fellow for a career in academic medicine by providing training in complex reconstructive urological care, as well as a solid foundation in basic science or clinical research. The training combines clinical experience at the Stanford University Medical Center and basic science or clinical health sciences research. The fellowship is a joint endeavor with Stanford Urology and Urogynecology faculty training providing a full experience of pelvic reconstruction. The program is currently accepting a urology trained fellow every even year, and a gynecology trained fellow every odd year.

Faculty

Bertha Chen, MD
Professor of Gynecology

Ekene Enemchukwu, MD
Assistant Professor of Urology

Craig V. Comiter, MD
Fellowship Director

Associate Professor of Urology

Lisa Rogo-Gupta, MD
Assistant Professor of Gynecology

Chris Elliott, MD, PhD
Clinical Instructor (Affiliate)

Eric R. Sokol, MD
Assistant Professor of Gynecology

Clinical Experience

The fellow is directly supervised by 4 faculty members at Stanford University Medical Center. Fellows graduate with an operative experience of 600+ procedures, including vaginal pelvic organ prolapse repair, vaginal hysterectomy, midurethral slings, bladder neck slings, male incontinence slings, artificial urinary sphincter placement, collagen injections, botulinum toxin injections, laparoscopic/robotic and open sacrocolpopexy, bladder augmentation, creation of catheterizable stomas and repair of vesicovaginal fistula.  All aspects of open, endoscopic, laparoscopic, and robotic pelvic and reconstructive urology are taught. One to two days per week are spent in the operating room, with graduated responsibility for resident teaching as the year progresses. The fellow is responsible for supervising the Stanford urology residents on the service for inpatient care and consultations. Two to three days per week is spent in clinic, rotating with each faculty member.  Supervising and interpreting videourodynamic studies are emphasized during portions of training.

Research

Dr. Chen has a basic science laboratory focusing on molecular abnormalities in connective tissue metabolism in women affected with pelvic floor disorders, specifically focusing on the role of extracellular matrix proteins.  Her work is recognized and funded by the National Institutes of Health.  Drs. Comiter and Sokol focus on clinical research and are part of many clinical trials encompassing the use of mesh in vaginal prolapse repairs, male incontinence devices, fecal incontinence treatments and novel therapeutics for interstitial cystitis and urge incontinence.  If a fellow has specific interests, such as health services/policy research, medical informatics, decision analysis, bioengineering, biodesign or other areas, we recommend that these interests and coursework possibilities be explored during the year prior to starting fellowship. Some fellowships and degree programs may require enrollment or program acceptance (for instance, the Master’s in Clinical Epidemiology). Coursework or degree tuition costs may be incurred, and the fellow may be responsible for securing funding, with appropriate faculty assistance for grant writing. Clinical research immersion programs exist, and previous fellows have participated in these full-time week long programs as well. Clinical projects are started during the clinical year, to be completed during the research year.

 

Current Fellows

Amy Dobberfuhl, MD
2015 - present

Amandeep (Aman) Mahal, MD
2014 - present

Past Fellows & Locations

Ying Jura, MD
2012 - 2014

Kaiser Permanente
West L.A. Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Monica Lucero Richardson, MD, MPH
2011 - 2014

Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Mountain View & San Jose, CA

Christopher Elliott, MD, PhD
2010 - 2012

El Camino Hospital
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
San Jose, CA
 

How to Apply

Complete the FPMRS fellowship application available at http://www.sufuorg.com/
 

Note:   Candidates must have completed an ACGME-approved US or Canadian urology or OB/Gyn residency

Questions

Catherine Cooper
Education Program Manager
(650) 497-8753
cat.cooper@stanford.edu

Craig V. Comiter, MD
FPMRS Fellowship Director
Phone: (650) 725-6493
ccomiter@stanford.edu

Recent Publications by Fellows