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FEMALE PELVIC MEDICINE AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY (UROGYNECOLOGY) FELLOWSHIP

Program Overview 

The Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) Fellowship in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Since 1979, UC Irvine has trained fellows and created leaders in the field of urogynecology. Our goal is to train pelvic surgeons who will pursue academic careers and become luminaries in the field of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. The diversity of training offered at this large academic referral center allows fellows to master vaginal, robotic and laparoscopic surgery and to produce specialists who are prepared to provide consultation and comprehensive management of women with pelvic floor disorders. 

Our program shares a unique collaboration with the UC Irvine Department of Urology, Colorectal Surgery, Gastroenterology, Beckman Laser Institute, Bill and Sue Gross Stem Cell Center and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS). Fellows are mentored in clinical and basic science research and regularly present original research at national and international meetings. Fellows have the opportunity to obtain a Masters in Clinical Research during their three-year FPMRS fellowship

Our program strives to achieve all of the educational objectives set forth by ACGME. As such, the program is designed to ensure that the fellow successfully completes the program and is well-equipped for eventual subspecialty certification by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). We are also deeply committed to the wellness of our fellow physicians as reflected in our curriculum and their everyday experience.

Dr. Felicia Lane Dr. Bhumy Dave-Heliker Dr. Taylor Brueseke

Felicia L. Lane, MD
Director 

Bhumy Davé-Heliker, MD Taylor J. Brueseke, MD
How to Apply »

How to Apply

The Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at UC Irvine is a three-year fellowship. It is a multidisciplanary program combining training in gynecology, urology and colorectal surgery. 

All applicants should have satisfactorily completed an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency approved by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (CRCPSC). Our program is accredited with the ACGME and we adhere to objectives set forth by the board.

Interested physicians are encouraged to apply for fellowship positions through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) ERAS Program website.

All of the following required documents must be received through ERAS to be considered for an interview:

  • A completed application
  • Medical School Transcript
  • MSPE
  • At least three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Photo
  • USMLE scores

An interview will be necessary for consideration. Do not send offical transcripts, CREOG scores, or any other additional documentation via email. Our program would consider and can support a fellow with a J1 Visa.

We will begin accepting applications on December 1st.

There will be two interview sessions: April 22, 2022 (an AM session and a PM session).

All applications must be received by January 31, 2022.

Our program will adhere to the common program dates set forth by AUGS. 


Felicia L. Lane, MD
Division Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program
Professor
714-456-8564
fgeas@uci.edu
Katie Bacca
Fellowship Program Coordinator, Department of OBGYN Medical Education Manager
714-456-6807
kbacca@uci.edu
Fellowship Structure »

Over the course of the three-year fellowship program, fellows will pass through rotations at UC Irvine, Kaiser Sand Canyon, and Kaiser Anaheim. The program is broken into one month blocks as shown here.

Biostatistical Support

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at UC Irvine has two statisticians available to assist fellows with research, project preparation, grant submission, and data analysis. Research support is also available for studies involving Kaiser Permanente patients.

FHC-Santa Ana Clinic

Our fellows rotate through the federally qualified health care clinic in Santa Ana wherein fellows work with an underserved and culturally diverse patient population. This is a unique opportunity for fellows to teach and supervise our outstanding residents. This Friday clinic provides cystoscopy, pessary fittings, surgical counseling, and management of other common urogynecological conditions.

Didactics

All fellows and UC Irvine/Kaiser faculty participate in our formal didactic sessions which are held on the first Wednesday of every month. These sessions are comprised of a formal lecture, technology enhanced book chapter review, research conference, and journal club.

Additionally, fellows are active participants in our weekly Surgical Planning Conference held on Monday mornings. All surgical cases for the upcoming week are presented by the residents on service and reviewed by the fellows and attendings. All UC Irvine FPMRS attendings as well as general gynecology faculty attend. This setting provides a unique opportunity for trainees to get perspectives from various providers regarding surgical decision making and perioperative management. Furthermore, fellows demonstrate their ability to apply relevant literature to clinical practice.

Fellows also attend the department's weekly resident stats, M&M presentations, and Grand Rounds lectures on Friday mornings. Fellows will present Grand Rounds twice during the course of their fellowship, one of which will be the presentation of their research thesis at the end of the third year.

Global Health Opportunities

Fellows have an opportunity to participate in global health: traveling to Rwanda to aid in care of fistula patients or traveling to Guatemala to care for patients with incontinence and prolapse. Both of these opportunities help our fellows learn how to care for patients in low resource settings and expand their understanding of rare conditions.

Faculty »

Felicia Lane, MS, MD
Health Sciences Professor
Division Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program

Dr. Felicia L. Lane focuses on robotic surgery and the treatment and management of pelvic organ relapse as well as the treatments for urinary incontinence, and anal incontinence. Currently, Lane's research interests focus on using stem cells for the treatment of anal incontinence and technology in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

Education

UC Santa Barbara, 1992 - BS, biopsychology
Georgetown University, 1994 - MS, physiology and biophysics
Georgetown University, 1998 - MD
UC Irvine, 2002 - Internship and residency, obstetrics and gynecology
UC Irvine, 2004 - Fellowship, urogynecology
Felicia Lane, MD

Bhumy Davé-Heliker, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Assistant Medical Student Clerkship Director

Dr. Bhumy Davé-Heliker's clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery for prolapse and incontinence, refractory urgency incontinence and childbirth related injuries. Her research focus is neuromuscular recovery after childbirth, medical education and global health, and prevention and treatment of fistulas.

Education
Washington University, St. Louis, 2005 - BA, biology
University of Pittsburgh, 2010 - MD
Stanford University, 2014 - Internship and residency, obstetrics and gynecology
Northwestern University, 2017 - Fellowship, urogynecology

Bhumy Dave-Heliker

Taylor J. Brueseke, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Taylor G. Brueseke's professional interests include nonsurgical and surgical management of pelvic organ prolapse, including uterine preservation, nonsurgical and surgical management of urinary leakage and accidental bowel leakage, surgical repair of vesicovaginal and rectovaginal fistula, and recurrent urinary tract infections and vaginal mesh complications. His research focus is maximizing patient comfort with surgical experiences, minimizing side effects from treatment of urinary incontinence and identifying new treatments for incontince and prolapse.

Education
Brigham Young University, 2006 -  BS, neuroscience
The Pennsylvania State University, 2010 - MD
UC Irvine, 2014 - Internship and residency, obstetrics and gynecology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2017 - Fellowship, urogynecology

Taylor Brueseke, MD

Eltheia Shoizaki
Physical Therapist

Eltheia Shoizaki is a physical therapist with a passion for helping patients with pelvic floor disorders. She specializes in the treatment of the following diagnoses, including: pelvic/abdominal pain, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, interstitial cystitis, fecal incontinence, evacuation disorders, prenatal/postpartum issues, and postsurgical complications that result in pain and lack of mobility. To further complement her pelvic floor training, she has obtained her biofeedback certification, visceral manipulation, craniosacral therapy, and dynamic neuromuscular rehabilitation all with the goal of helping patients achieve full restoration of function.

Education
California State University Long Beach, 1987 - BS, physical therapy
California State Licensed PT
Biofeedback Certification Institute of America, Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback
Certified Pilates instructor

Eltheia Shoizaki

Kaiser Permanente Orange County Faculty

Noelani Guaderrama, MD
Division Director, Female Pelvice Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Kaiser Orange County
Fellowship - UC San Diego, 2005

Noelani Guaderrama, MD
Emily Whitcomb, MD, MS
Associate Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program
Kaiser Orange County
Fellowship -  UC San Diego, 2009
Masters Clinical Research, 2010
Emily Whitcomb, MD
Current Fellows »

Current Fellows

Afiba Arthur, MD
Medical School: Meharry Medical College: Nashville, TN, 2007
Residency: Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA, 2011
Afiba Arthur, MD

Brittni Boyd, MD
Medical School: UCLA: Los Angeles, CA, 2016
Residency: UCSF, San Francisco, CA, 2020

Brittni Boyd, MD

Carly Crowder, MD
Medical School: USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, 2017
Residency: UCI, Orange, CA, 2021

Brittni Boyd, MD
Program Strengths - The Bottom Line »

The UCI Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is a big family and we couldn’t be more excited to share information about our Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship with you! UCI is an outstanding place to train and a beautiful place to live. We are fortunate to be located in a culturally diverse community with wonderful natural resources including beautiful beaches and close proximity to the mountains. Orange County is also home to several professional sports teams, theme parks, and theaters. In addition to Orange County’s many features and incredible weather, the FPRMS fellowship program is one of the leading training programs in the nation. Some of our highlights include:

  • Training in robotic, laparoscopic, open, and vaginal prolapse repair
  • Neuromodulation (sacral and tibial)
  • A jointly shared program between an academic medical center and a large established health maintenance organization (Kaiser Permanente)
  • A unique collaboration with the Department of Urology and Colorectal Surgery
  • Faculty with a tremendous depth and breadth of clinical and academic experience including seven fellowship-trained urogynecologists, five fellowship-trained colorectal surgeons, three urologists and two pelvic floor physical therapists.
  • Additional contributions to our program come from our unique relationship with allied services including gastroenterology, a dedicated pelvic floor radiologist and a nationally recognized geriatrics program
  • UC Irvine is consistenty rated among the best gynecology departments in the country by U.S. News and World Report
  • Highly ranked obstetrics and gynecology research department with established NIH funding
  • Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center/CIRM grants