Program Introduction for Interviewing Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellows

A Message from Kris Strohbehn, MD – FPMRS Program Director

Welcome to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

We have everything that you would expect a major academic center to have, from inpatient wards, outpatient clinics, to a cardiac Cath lab. Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is a beautiful institution and provides a welcoming collegial atmosphere.

Program information

Department of OB/GYN mission

We deliver high-quality, evidence-based care in a respectful, compassionate and caring environment. We are committed to timely access and clear communication with our patients and colleagues. We advance the science of health care delivery through education, research, and continuous quality improvement.

Introduction

The FPRMS Division is a busy clinical practice; we evaluate and treat the full spectrum of pelvic floor disorders for our patients. Treatment options include conservative and surgical management of pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence, as well as fistulas and urethral diverticula. With an emphasis on transvaginal approaches, our fellows will become diverse and skilled transvaginal, conventional laparoscopic and robotic surgeons.

Faculty

See our faculty list.

Fellows: Division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

See our list of fellows.

Other faculty

Colorectal Surgery

View Introduction Video by Lauren Wilson, MD

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Sara W. Mayo, MD, MS
Sara W. Mayo, MD, MS
Division Chief, Colon and Rectal Surgery
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth
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Lauren Wilson, MD

Lauren Wilson, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth

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Matthew Wilson, MD
Matthew Wilson, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth

Gastroenterology

View Introduction Video by Eric Shah, MD

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Eric Shah, MD
Eric Shah, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth

Geriatric Medicine

View Introduction Video by Catherine Dubeau, MD

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Catherine Dubeau, MD

Catherine Dubeau, MD
Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth

Urology

View Introduction Video by E. Ann Gormley, MD

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E. Ann Gormley, MD

E. Ann Gormley, MD
Professor of Surgery, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth

Transgender Medicine Program

Currently, the gynecology department offers a Gynecology Gender Clinic twice per month for routine gynecology care and surgical consults for hysterectomy and oophorectomy for gender diverse patients. This clinic in part of a multidisciplinary transgender clinic at our institution that includes urology, plastic surgery, gynecology, psychiatry, dermatology, and primary care. Through this collaborate group, we offer combined procedures and all stages of our newly launched surgical program in phalloplasty, metoidioplasty, and vaginoplasty.

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Ella Damiano, MD

Ella Damiano, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Physical Therapy

Jo Ellen Gardner, PT
Ellen Kfoury, PT

Rotation schedule

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FPMRS Rotation Schedule

Fellows rotate in one-month blocks.

  • Urogyn
    We have divided Urogynecology rotations into an “Urogyn A” and “Urogyn B”.
    • Urogyn A Fellow fellow spends much of their rotation at the main campus, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Their rotations include rotating in clinic, urodynamics, inpatient consults, the main operating room, the outpatient surgery center. They may cover Bedford / Manchester once per week.
    • Urogyn B fellow will do outreach clinics in Keene, Bedford / Manchester, and the operating room at Cheshire Medical Center. They will also fill in for OR coverage at the main campus. They rotate with Dr. Catherine Dubeau, a gerontology expert, ½ day per week to see Geriatric Medicine patients with urinary incontinence. They will rotate with physical therapy intermittently in year 1.
  • Research
    The Research rotation is at least two consecutive months per rotation, with four months of research every year of the fellowship, totaling 12 months during the fellowship. The time is dedicated to research only, with the only clinical responsibilities being a ½ day continuity clinic at least twice monthly. The fellows will develop a hypothesis-driven thesis, which is defended at the end of the fellowship.
  • Urology
    During the second year, fellows rotate with Dr. Ann Gormley and the Urology Department for a two-month block.
  • Gastroenterology/ Colorectal Surgery
    During the third year, the fellow rotates in Gastroenterology with Dr. Eric Shah, and the motility lab; and with Colorectal Surgery, focusing on anoscopy, fistula repairs, rectopexy, common colorectal disorders.

Continuity clinic is scheduled weekly, ½ day per week, except twice monthly during research blocks.

Working at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Supplemental funding

In addition to the benefits outlined on the page above, FPMRS also provides a $1000/annum for program use and department supplemental funding for additional expenses.

Conferences

There are formal didactic lectures for FPRMS fellows on Thursday morning, in addition to journal club. There is a joint conference with Urology quarterly on Friday, which provides an opportunity for review of topics of interest and complex cases with our Urology colleagues. There is also a joint conference with Gastroenterology, Colorectal Surgery and Radiology monthly to review complex pelvic floor cases.

  • Urology urodynamics conference - monthly
  • GI Radiology conference - monthly
  • FPMRS didactics - twice a month
  • Colorectal Surgery conference - monthly
  • FPRMS Journal club - twice a month
  • Didactic teaching for residents - monthly
  • Research meeting - monthly
  • Preop conference - monthly
  • Departmental grand rounds, M & M’s - weekly
  • Combined Urology / Urogynecology rounds - quarterly

Fellow research

  • PGY-5
    • White Belt training, Human subjects research training (orientation)
    • Literature review
    • Identify scholarly project
    • Mentor
    • Study plan
    • Yellow Belt training
    • Scholarly activity project proposal
    • Begin data collection
  • PGY-6
    • Project development and data acquisition, data analysis
  • PGY-7
    • Complete data analysis, present at annual meeting
    • Write publishable scientific thesis

There are 12 months of protected time for research in the 3-year FPRMS Fellowship. The timeline for completing research projects is outlined in the slide.

Research opportunities include:

  1. Outcomes Research
    The Division of FPMRS has collected almost 15 years of questionnaire data with the validated Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory and Pelvic Floor Impact Questionnaire. This data could be used for exploring many aspects of care in retrospective analysis.
  2. The Value Institute Learning Center
    First-year fellows will have training White Belt training with orientation. To develop training ranging “From basic awareness and skills for all employees, to a tiered curriculum to develop process improvement leaders.”
    For more information, visit the Value Institute Learning Center website.
  3. The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) of Health Care Policy and Clinical Practice
    There are many resources available for research and some collaborative projects have been done with TDI students, including cost effectiveness analysis, Systematic Reviews. Dr. Jack Wennberg was the founder of TDI and the origin for Outcomes Research and variations in healthcare. TDI is the home of the Dartmouth Atlas project and Shared Decision Making. For more information, visit the TDI website.
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    Map showing the Dartmouth Atlas project
  4. The Center for Shared Decision Making at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  5. Thayer School of Engineering
    Dr. Hanissian and Dr. Shaw have both worked with Thayer graduate students for several projects, including autologous graft tissue harvesting and modeling, pessary design:
  6. Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
  7. Opiate and Addition Related Research
  8. Rural Healthcare Research

All clinical research at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is overseen through the Clinical Trials Office.

There is departmental funding allocated to foster residents and fellows research projects, including some help with statistical analysis. There is also a commitment to help fund residents and fellows who are first author for regional and national scientific meetings.

The Clinical Research Unit is available to assist with patient recruitment and trials.

Procedure Case Logs – Fellow and 2020 Chief Residents

This table (PDF) summarizes the cases for Dr. Gerjevic and Dr. Schrum in their fellowship. Please note that the volume is less than anticipated due to the cancellation of all elective cases after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Current fellows photos

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FPMRS fellows on a picnic
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FPMRS fellows ice skating
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FPMRS fellows in an office
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FPMRS Fellows

OB/GYN Residency Program

Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency

Combined training in Preventive Medicine and Ob-Gyn.

  • Builds on TDI strengths in outcomes research, improvement, population health and institutional commitment to quality, safety, and value
  • MPH degree from TDI – tuition paid by program!
  • Opportunity to lead change and improvement at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Two-month governmental public health experience
  • Dedicated faculty coach; teaching opportunities; unique multi-specialty resident/fellow/faculty group
  • May incorporate research in one year of program (3 + 1)
    • Continue clinical work (app.20% time) in OB/GYN
    • Moonlighting allowed
  • Graduates are in demand and employers are very interested in their mix of clinical skills plus improvement and change knowledge and experience
  • Visit the LPMR web page, email tina.c.foster@hitchcock.org or contact an alum to learn more!

Electives and global health

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Dr. Jonathan Shaw with a Kenyan doctor

The FPRMS faculty have several connections for global health opportunities. Dr. Strohbehn has traveled to the Hospital de Familia, in Nuevo Progreso, Guatemala every other year. This hospital caters to under-resourced individuals in the mountains of northwest Guatemala. He has been with a team three times and Dr. Gerjevic traveled with him as a Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center OB/GYN resident in 2017. Dr. Jonathan Shaw served as a Consultant Urogynecologist at the Tenwek Hospital, in Kenya for two years, after completing his fellowship in 2016. He has traveled annually to Kenya since starting at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and has been coordinating with Tenwyk Hospital to start a Kenya-based residency there. He will continue trips to Kenya annually. He was planning to travel to Kenya with the OB/GYN Residency Program Director, Dr. Fisher, as well as Dr. Gerjevic and a 3rd year OB/GYN resident. Unfortunately, this trip was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Note: Opportunity to travel depends on the current state (safety) of the country for travel.

Other OB/GYN department divisions and colleagues

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Two nurses simulate health care with dummy

Orientation, simulation and skills labs

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center has a Patient Safety Training Center, also known as the "Sim Center."

There are skills labs, including suturing, laparoscopic and robotics training. The department participates in simulation and also has annual anatomic dissection at the cadaver lab at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Match communication code of conduct

We follow the NRMP guidelines for the Match process. We will not contact you but are happy to hear from you and to answer questions you may have that are not answered during the application and interview process.

Contact us

Phone: 603-650-7438
melissa.d.kiernan@hitchcock.org, Program Coordinator
kris.strohbehn@hitchcock.org, Program Director

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