Requirements For A Post-Graduate Fellowship In The Subspecialty Area Of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
The Board of the Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (FMIGS), has developed the Requirements for a Post-Graduate Fellowship in the Area of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery to provide uniform training programs for gynecologists who have completed their residency and desire to acquire additional knowledge and surgical skills in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS) so they may: serve as a scholarly and surgical resource for the community in which they practice; have the ability to care for patients with complex gynecologic surgical disease via minimally invasive techniques; establish sites that will serve a leadership role in advanced endoscopic and reproductive surgery; and further research in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.
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Requirements Effective July 1, 2022
Associated Program Director (APD) Requirements
The APD must be an AAGL member in good standing with the following required criteria:
- Have a minimum of 2 years independent practice post‐fellowship experience
- Board Certified/Board Eligible in Ob/Gyn
- Have current medical licensure and appropriate med staff appointment
- Have responsibilities educating and instructing the fellows either at the main or satellite training sites to ensure they receive the appropriate clinical exposure and training to provide safe patient care
- Participate in the semiannual evaluation process
- Demonstrate two of three additional criteria below:
- Document four pedagogical/teaching activities per year (e.g. resident/fellow didactics, presentation at meeting, grand rounds, etc.)
- Document one scholarly/research activity per year (e.g. video or research abstract, peer reviewed or non‐peer reviewed publication, mentorship of or collaboration with fellow research project, etc.)
- Document one leadership initiative per year on either a local, regional or national level (e.g. member of hospital or society committee)
Fellowship Start Date
The Fellowship Board is in support of the CREOG recommendation of the new start date. In 2022, it will be a requirement that the FMIGS training start no earlier than July 7th or later than July 15th. This will facilitate the following:
- Allow residents to fully complete their final year of residency training without having to manipulate schedules or use vacation or paid leave to personally manage the transition.
- Provide residents with time to relocate and accommodate new institution/fellowship orientation activities if necessary
- Avoid overlap of the 4th of July holiday.
- Afford residents time to prepare for the ABOG Qualifying Board Examination without pressure of immediately starting fellowship training.
- Separate the start dates of new residents and new fellows providing a more stable clinical learning environment for all learners and for patients.
- Allow incoming fellows time to rest and reflect on both their residency and their next stage of training prior to fully engaging in their new role.
- Lessen the impact of a stressful move and transition for families of residents.