The University of British Columbia training program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) is a two-year postgraduate program dedicated to cultivating academic leaders in the field.
The strength of this program lies in the broad range of available surgical procedures; the trainee will spend two days per week learning various operative techniques for pelvic reconstruction via open abdominal, laparoscopic and vaginal approaches. In addition, the trainee will receive multi-disciplinary clinical training from urology, colorectal surgery, sexual medicine, radiology and physiotherapy colleagues.
Academic performance is given equal importance to clinical skill development. Trainees have one protected research day per week and receive instruction in research design, grant applications, statistical analysis, manuscript writing and dissemination of findings at national and international meetings. Bedside and operative teaching of medical students and residents as well as more formal teaching through lectures and participation at inanimate and procedural labs is actively encouraged and supported.
Mentorship is available for both clinical outcomes research and basic research. A flexible curriculum facilitates special research and clinical interests. Candidates are encouraged to pursue concurrent postgraduate studies in Experimental Medicine or a Masters Degree in Health Care Epidemiology or Biostatistics.
Applicants must be eligible for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia and be a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
The Pelvic Floor Disorders Handout will provide you with information on pelvic floor disorders.
The 2020 – 2022 FPMRS program positions have been filled and the next 2022 – 2024 iteration deadline is June 30, 2021.
Dr. Roxana Geoffrion M.D., F.R.C.S.C.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Urogynaecology, St Paul’s Hospital
6th floor, 1125 Howe Street
Vancouver BC V6Z 2K5
If you are a resident interested in doing an elective in this program, please contact Chriselle Serna, Chriselle.Serna@cw.bc.ca.