About the program
The fellowship program is two years in duration. One fellow will be accepted every two years. The usual start date is July 1, but some flexibility may be possible.
Please note that urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery is not a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited fellowship. Upon completion of the fellowship program, graduates will receive a certification from McMaster University.
Evaluations will occur on a quarterly basis and are based on the objectives of training for the fellowship program. The evaluations are structured based on the CanMEDS roles.
There is no salary for this fellowship; fellows will need to register for a billing number from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and will be able to bill OR assistant fees and any locum call shifts.
Fellows will receive advanced training in the clinical care of patients with disorders of the pelvic floor. The scope of practice in female pelvic floor disorders ranges from urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, infectious and inflammatory diseases of the pelvis, fistula, diverticula, voiding and defecation dysfunction, painful bladder syndromes, neurological pelvic floor dysfunction, and lower urinary tract function in pregnancy. The fellow will develop expertise in diagnostic evaluation, conservative and medical management, and surgical approaches to these issues. An emphasis is placed on transvaginal, retroperitoneal, and laparoscopic reconstructive procedures as well as minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Fellows will be engaged in academic and community clinics, outpatient procedures, surgery, teaching residents didactically and surgically, presenting at rounds and journal clubs, anatomy and simulation lab teaching, and with own research. Graduates will be leaders in the provision of excellence in clinical care, research within the speciality, and the education of gynecologic trainees.
The schedule will be divided into 80% clinical time and 20% research or teaching time. Time will be divided between preceptors at McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton and Halton Health Care in Oakville. Ability to travel between sites is required.
Rotations in minimally invasive surgery and urology can be arranged, as well as arranging to spend time with community pelvic floor physiotherapists. Elective opportunities will be available during each year of fellowship. There are no fellowship on-call responsibilities, although fellows will be able to provide locum OB/Gyn on call coverage as long as it does not interfere with fellowship responsibilities.
The program encourages and supports research. Fellows are expected to be academically productive and are encouraged to submit one publishable paper by the end of their training period. Fellows will determine an academic focus of teaching or research in their fellowship.
In order for an application be considered eligible, please see below the mandatory list of documents for the application process. Incomplete applications with missing documents will not be considered and should not be forwarded for fellowship consideration.
- Letter of intent outlining career goals and aspirations
- Curriculum vitae
- McMaster Postgraduate Application Form
- Copy of medical degree
- Medical school transcript
- Specialist certificate (or MCCEE exam results if no specialty certificate)
- Copy of passport
- Names and reference letters from three referees
- If you are currently a final year resident or have completed residency less than five years ago, one referee must be your residency program director
Certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or equivalent is required by July 1 of the year of entry into fellowship.
Applicants must be eligible to obtain an independent practice licence with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario by the start of fellowship.
Letters and application should be directed to the Fellowship Training Program Assistant for Urogyne. Please visit our web page, McMaster University's Obstetrics & Gynecology, "Contact Us" page for full contact information.
June 15 for a start of July 1 the following year.
Laura Didomizio, MD, FRCSC
1280 Main Street West, HSC 2F41
Hamilton ON L8S4K1