Research & Education
The Section of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery educates residents, fellows, and other practicing physicians. We are actively involved in both clinical and basic science research to further understanding of pelvic floor dysfunction.
Yale resident physicians who are training to be OB/GYNs and are in the last year of their program spend several 2-month periods at Yale Urogynecology and RPS learning to evaluate and treat patients with pelvic floor dysfunction.
It has been shown that resident participation with patient care improves the safety, efficiency, and outcome of treatment. The resident physician is an integral part of our team and often interviews patients, participates in office procedures, and assists with surgical treatments. The resident physician is also involved in the management of patients in the hospital after surgery.
Fellows are physicians who have completed a full residency in OB/GYN and have decided to specialize in Urogynecology.
Fellows have the same training as the average practicing OB/GYN physician but have chosen to spend an additional three years to become experts in the care of patients with pelvic floor dysfunction. They are essentially junior partners in our practice. Under supervision, they are allowed to evaluate and treat patients in our practice.
Fellows also spend one year participating in the research functions of the Division.
- Learn more about our Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
At times practicing OB/GYNs request to observe, or, perhaps, participate in our surgical procedures. This is done only with the patient's permission. These physicians are fully-trained and fully-licensed MDs.
Members of the Yale Urogynecology and RPS are actively involved in both clinical and basic science research. This includes investigations into:
- the genetics of pelvic floor dysfunction
- the role of smooth muscle in pelvic floor dysfunction
- new treatments for pelvic floor dysfunction.