FMIGS History & Mission Statement
The mission of the Fellowship in Minimally invasive Gynecologic Surgery is to provide a standardized training program for gynecologists who have completed their residency to acquire additional skills in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery so they may: serve as a scholarly and surgical resource for the community in which the practice; have the ability to care for patients with complex gynecologic disease and manage complications using minimally invasive techniques; establish sites that will serve as leaders in advanced endoscopic and reproductive surgery; and further research in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.
In the late 1980s, Veasy Buttram, M.D. proposed and initiated a one-year fellowship in reproductive surgery. The program was developed because he recognized that most graduating residents in obstetrics and gynecology were not fully trained in modern endoscopic surgery. In addition, it was recognized that private physicians were developing most of the advances in endoscopic surgery in non-university hospitals. Several leading reproductive surgeons who were recognized for their surgical skills and interests in teaching were recruited to serve as preceptors for the SRS (Society of Reproductive Surgeons) Fellowship.
During the 1990s, similar fellowships were established on an ad hoc basis without formal affiliation with the AAGL or the SRS. These fellowships focused on a variety of clinical areas, primarily due to the interests and practices of the sponsoring physician. In 2001, the AAGL and the SRS Fellowship Committee collaborated to establish the Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery with a standardized minimal curriculum and a requirement for research. The first Fellowships were granted to seven preceptees at seven sites throughout the United States. Since the start, 315 fellows have successfully graduated from the program. The AAGL and SRS remain affiliated with the Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.