The major focus of the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) is to enrich the medical training of our OB/GYN medical students, residents and fellows through active mentorship and by being exposed to the most advanced clinical and surgical curricula available. The Division Director has served on many national level committees, including with the American Urogynecology Society, the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics the National Board of Medical Examiners and is an oral board examiner with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The FPMRS faculty is dedicated to improving the quality of life for women with PFDs by providing compassionate care based on innovative translational research, while dedicating our scholarly work toward improvements in the field of FPMRS.
Trainees in the Department of ObGyn will focus on the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of women with pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), which include urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain, and will assist on labor and delivery for repair of complex obstetrical lacerations. To enhance their surgical and medical education and training, resident rotations will take place on both campuses of the University of Minnesota, and residents will work with interprofessional teams to improve patient safety and the quality of patient care. Residents will participate in regularly scheduled journal clubs, seminars, didactics, and morbidity and mortality conferences.
Our division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) provides the full scope of care to diagnose and treat women with incontinence and pelvic floor disorders. Services include consultation and urodynamic testing to evaluate bladder and urinary tract function, transperineal ultrasound to evaluate pelvic organ support, and surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for pelvic organ prolapse and urinary and/or fecal incontinence. An estimated one-third of women will experience at least one of these disorders in her lifetime, but only 45% of women have sought care for their incontinence symptoms. As a result, many women live with the physical, functional and psychological limitations and diminished quality of life at home and at work. We provide expert consultation and will discuss both surgical and non-surgical treatment options that can help restore the normal pelvic floor anatomy or repair damaged muscles or tissue, tailoring the treatment to meet the patient’s current needs and expectations. In addition, the division provides care and support for women transitioning through perimenopause to menopause and for women experiencing increased prevalence of incontinence due to pregnancy and childbirth.
There is a multitude of opportunities to conduct new and innovative research to improve the quality of life for women with pelvic organ prolapse and urinary or fecal incontinence. All residents must complete at least one research project during their time in the program and clinical research will focus on statistics, epidemiology and research design. We take pride in championing the education of fellows, residents and medical students in conducting hypothesis-driven, well-designed medical research. Mentors will supervise our residents through the abstract and manuscript preparation process with the final goal being the publication appearing in peer-reviewed journals.