Fellowships

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center hosts the following fellowship programs: 

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    Program Description

    The fellowship program in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a two-year comprehensive program incorporating clinical, research, and educational activities. The fellows (three) will benefit from working directly with ten active surgeons in a high volume surgical setting whose collective focus includes a full spectrum of laparoscopic, hysteroscopic, and minimally invasive procedures including infertility, urogynecology, gynecologic oncology and general gynecology. Significant experience in single-incision laparoscopic surgery and certification in robotically-assisted laparoscopy are both integral components of our fellowship program. Surgical experience will be obtained primarily at three sites: Vanderbilt University Hospital, a freestanding ambulatory surgical center (Cool Springs Surgery Center), and office-based procedures. The fellow will participate in both resident-based gynecologic clinics and an active private gynecologic consultative service. Teaching activities will include participation in Vanderbilt’s Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment (CELA), where resident instruction in endoscopic techniques employs an advanced skills simulator laboratory. There will also be supervision of basic endoscopic procedures in the laboratory and clinical settings. Active participation in departmental grand rounds, didactic educational programs, and weekly conferences is expected. At least one research project and three publications are required. This may take advantage of the many clinical or basic research opportunities ongoing in the division or may be uniquely designed by the fellow with faculty supervision. Dedicated blocks of research time, statistical and IT support are provided. Upon completion of this program, the fellow will be competent in a full spectrum of endoscopic surgical techniques and qualified to serve as a consultant in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery in an academic or private setting.

    Program Faculty
    Amanda Yunker, DO, MSCR

    Fellowship Director

    Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Faculty
    Ted L. Anderson, MD, PhD

    Howard Curlin, MD
    Lara F. Harvey, MD, MPH
    Amanda C. Yunker, DO, MSCR

    Gynecologic Oncology Faculty
    Alaina J. Brown, MD

    Marta Crispens, MD

    Urogynecology Faculty
    Rony A. Adam, MD

    David H. Biller, MD 
    Rene M. Ward, MD
    Carl W. Zimmerman, MD

    Accreditation/Affiliation
    American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) 
    Society of Reproductive Surgeons (SRS)

    Application Process
    All applications are submitted through the AAGL website (aagl.org). The deadline is generally 1 year prior to the anticipated start date. The program participates in the NRMP matching program for fellowships.

    For more information and to submit an application, please visit http://www.aagl.org/service/fellowships.

    Any questions or comments may be directed to Brittany Walters at brittany.walters@vumc.org.

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    1/YR, TL 2 (Urologist - Two-Year Program)

    1/YR, TL 3 (OB/GYN - Three-Year Program)

    The fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a three year comprehensive program in all clinical, surgical, research and educational aspects of female pelvic medicine.  Fellows will benefit from working with fellowship trained and expert faculty.  Clinical experience and research time will be obtained at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and One Hundred Oaks campuses. Surgical experience will be obtained at Vanderbilt University Hospital and Vanderbilt Cool Springs Surgical Center. The Fellow is expected to participate in both departmental Grand Rounds and Didactic educational program activities.  Dedicated blocks of research time, statistical and IT support are provided.  Upon completion of this program the fellow will be competent in a full spectrum of urologic and gynecologic surgical techniques and will be qualified to serve as a consultant and practitioner in Uro- Gynecology in an academic or private setting.

    Program Faculty
    Rony A. Adam, MD
    Fellowship Director

    Urogynecology Faculty
    Rony A. Adam, MD  
    Daniel H. Biller, MD
    Renee M. Ward, MD
    Carl W. Zimmerman, MD

    Urology Faculty
    Roger R. Dmochowski, MD

    Melissa R. Kaufman, MD

    Accreditation/Affiliation
    American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and American Board of Urology

    Application Process
    Application to this fellowship program should be made at least 18 months prior to the completion of your residency program. Applications should be submitted through ERAS. In ERAS, search by program location (Tennessee/Vanderbilt),  navigate to the Urology FPMRS page. You will then see both OB/GYN and Urology options.  Simply choose the correct specialty.

    Any questions or comments may be directed to Valerie Harris at valerie.harris@vumc.org.

  • Program Description

    The fellowship program in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a three-year comprehensive program incorporating clinical, surgical, research, and educational activities in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Our program is approved by ACGME and ABOG and combines exceptional high volume clinical training in High-Risk Obstetrics with a wide variety of research opportunities to prepare trainees for a future in academic medicine, research, and/or community-based practice.

    Clinical experiences will be obtained at the Vanderbilt University Hospital, One Hundred Oaks outpatient clinic, and the Fetal Center at Vanderbilt located in the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Our fellows are expected to participate in departmental Grand Rounds, didactic education activities, and specialty-specific conferences that include weekly Fetal Conference, monthly Maternal Care Conference, and multidisciplinary sessions for complex cases. Fellows will also participate and assist in obstetric simulation in Vanderbilt’s Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment (CELA), focusing on critical care obstetrics and obstetric emergencies. Fellows are expected to complete a thesis project during their training that is of quality to satisfy the ABOG requirement for subspecialty board certification in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.  Dedicated blocks of research time, statistical, and IT support are provided. 

    Upon completion of our program, fellows will be competent for independent practice of the full spectrum of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, including managing complex maternal-fetal health care problems, scientific inquiry, and critical evaluation of the literature and will be qualified to serve as a consultant and practitioner in Maternal-Fetal Medicine in an academic or private setting.

    Program Faculty
    Jennifer Thompson, MD (jennifer.l.thompson.1@vumc.org)
    Fellowship Director

    Lisa Zuckerwise, MD (lisa.zuckerwise@vumc.org)
    Assistant Fellowship Director

    Maternal Fetal Medicine Faculty
    Kelly Bennett, MD, MSc
    Lavenia Carpenter, MD
    Etoi Garrison, MD, PhD
    Matt Grace, MD
    Laura Houston, MD
    Andrea Johnson, MD
    Rolanda Lister, MD
    Dennis McWeeney, DO, MS
    J Newton, MD, PhD
    Sarah Osmundson, MD, MS
    Soha Patel, MD, MPH
    Jennifer Thompson, MD
    Lisa Zuckerwise, MD

    Genetic Counselors
    Martha Dudek, MS, LCGC
    Brighton Goodhue, MS
    Caitlin Grabarits, MGC
    Arianna Guillard, MGC
    Randa Newman, MS
    Jill Slamon, MS, MAT

    Accreditation/Affiliation

    Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
    American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG)

    Application Process

    One fellow position is available annually in our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program.  Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Applications are accepted and transmitted to us through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

    All documents that ERAS allows and apply to an individual, must be uploaded for an application to be considered complete. Eligible candidates must have successfully completed an ACGME or AOA accredited Obstetrics and Gynecology program in good standing and have passed USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3.

    Only those with complete applications are considered for interview. Per SMFM recommendation, the ERAS application deadline for our program is May 3, 2021. Initial interview offers will be sent on May 17, 2021. Candidates will be required to accept or decline interview invitation by May 24, 2021, after which interviews will be offered on a rolling basis. 

    Interviews will be held virtually for the 2021 application cycle on August 13, 2021 and August 17, 2021. Information regarding registering for ERAS, applying to individual programs and application fees can be found on the ERAS website.

    Any questions or comments may be directed to Sheketha Davis at sheketha.l.davis@vumc.org or (615)-322-0093