Michael Heit, MD, PhD
Elizabeth Fuller, Program Coordinator
11725 North Illinois Street, K140
Indianapolis, IN 46032
Michael Heit, MD, PhD, Urogynecology
Douglass Hale, MD, Urogynecology
CR Powell, MD, Female Urology
Bruce Robb, MD, Colorectal Surgery
Toyia James- Stevenson, MD, GI Motility
3 year ACGME accredited fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
1 Fellow per year
Program Type: Gynecology
The female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship training program is designed to train physicians to provide consultative services and comprehensive management including preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for women with pelvic floor disorders, including urinary incontinence, lower urinary tract disorders, pelvic organ prolapse, defecatory dysfunction and childbirth-related injuries.
Fellows interact with patients under the guidance and supervision of faculty members who provide context to those interactions. Supervision assures the provision of safe and effective care to patients while assuring that each fellow develops the skills, knowledge and attitudes required for proficiency in the six domains of clinical competency required to enter the unsupervised practice of medicine.
As the fellow gains experience and demonstrates growth in their ability to care for patients over the 36 months of training, the fellow assumes roles that permit the fellow to use these skills, knowledge and attitudes with greater independence. Patient interactions occur at three clinical sites within the Indiana University Health system, including IU Health Methodist Hospital, IU Health North Hospital and IU Health Saxony Hospital.
This fellowship program, established in 1988, was the first in the United States to be officially accredited by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1996; it is now jointly certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Urology. Effective July 1, 2012, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) fully accredited the training program for three fellows (one fellow per year). In April 2016, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) re-accredited the training program for three fellows (one fellow per year) until 2019. This means the fellowship training program and its sponsoring institution meet an accepted set of educational standards.
Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship faculty fulfill their supervisory and teaching responsibilities in an environment conducive to educating fellows in each of the six ACGME competency areas. The core program faculty consists of two fellowship-trained urogynecologists who are board certified in FPMRS by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) and one fellowship-trained urologist certified by the American Board of Urology (ABU). Other physician faculty members include qualified colorectal surgeons and gastroenterologists who possess qualifications that are acceptable to the ACGME review committee. Non physician faculty include physical therapists and a board-certified clinical nurse specialist (CNS) who provides administrative support as program coordinator. All program faculty encourage and support fellows in scholarly activities by maintaining an environment of inquiry with an active research component.
Application Process: ERAS
Interview Dates: April 18, 2019; May 3, 2019