Fellowship Training Program //
Historically, from 1999 until 2012, Northeast Urogynecology offered a three-year fellowship program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) to qualified board-eligible gynecologists. The program was based on the guidelines and learning criteria adopted by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gyecology (ABOG) and the American Board of Urology (ABU) in 2000. Since the fellowship was based in a private practice with a strong emphasis on both basic science and clinical research, the graduating fellow received a strong background in both private and academic medicine and would be comfortable practicing in either setting.
The successful applicant assumed increasing responsibility in all aspects of the practice of urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery during the fellowship. The fellowship was structured but flexible enough to accommodate the fellow’s areas of special interest.
Typically, Year One saw the fellow in the animal laboratory three days a week, in surgery one day a week, and in the office one day a week. During Year Two, the fellow spent one day a week in research (either basic science or clinical), two days a week in surgery, and two days a week in the office. In Year Three, the fellow’s time was allocated among research, surgery, and office practice according to need and interest.
The fellow experienced the full range of surgical urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery. Approximately 500 surgeries were performed each year under Dr. Lobel’s supervision, including abdominal, vaginal, and laparoscopic procedures.
In the office, the fellow assumed increasing responsibility for outpatient management. Northeast Urogynecology offered a comprehensive array of nonsurgical options for patients, including innovative research opportunities, and the fellow was integrated into every aspect of the practice. Special emphasis was placed on cystoscopy, urodynamic training, and other office procedures. The fellow graduated from the program as a full-fledged urodynamicist. The fellow will also receive training in the business aspects of urogynecology, from developing a business plan to coding to reimbursement issues.
The program graduated the following fellows:
2002: Mitesh Parekh, MD
2003: Tova Ablove, MD
2008: Ahsen Chaudhry, MD
2012: Paul Moore, MD