Objective The aim of this study was to determine the level and types of training Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited programs use for female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS) fellows' education on lower urinary tract injuries (LUTIs). Methods Two surveys were developed to assess the need for LUTI curriculum from both program director (PD) and fellow vantages through a multistage process, including review by knowledgeable colleagues, cognitive interviews, and pilot testing. Surveys were distributed in an electronic link via e-mail to graduating fellows and program directors from each of the 58 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited FPMRS programs. Results Thirty-four graduating FPMRS fellows (71%) and 39 FPMRS PDs (67%) completed the survey. Both PDs and fellows responded that both the evaluation and management of LUTI were necessary to FPMRS training. The majority of PDs use a combination of didactics and hands-on learning in the operating room (60% and 71%). Only 40% and 30% incorporate simulation into the curriculum to address LUTI. Graduating fellows report low numbers of procedures to evaluate and manage LUTI. Specifically, only 15% of fellows graduate with greater than 2 ureteral reimplantations and 44% graduate with no minimally invasive abdominal vesicovaginal fistula repairs. The majority of graduating fellows reported feeling prepared to evaluate for LUTI, but nearly one third do not feel ready to independently manage LUTI upon graduation. Conclusions FPMRS PDs and fellows agree that the evaluation and management of LUTI are important; however, most programs use only didactics and hands-on learning in the operating room with extremely low case volumes, leading to decreased proficiency.
- FPMRS curriculum
- lower urinary tract injury curriculum
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology