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Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (FMIGS)



The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship at Good Samaritan Hospital is a two year AAGL accredited program developed under the direction of Dr. Keith R. Downing. The fellowship incorporates a wide range of minimally invasive gynecologic procedures using robotic, laparoscopic, hysteroscopic and vaginal approaches and continually focuses on women’s healthcare, while accommodating the individual interest of each fellow.  To this end, GSHMC affords the fellows the clinical experience and the didactics necessary to meet the requirements of the AAGL, as well as the advanced training needed to provide state of the art, quality medical care to the female patient.


The Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship Program will include formal rotations in which fellows will be provided dedicated time for clinical research working with faculty mentors, as well as the Academic Development Committee and Institutional Review Board (IRB) developed at Good Samaritan Hospital in support of scholarly activity for trainees and faculty. Fellowship educational objectives will include the training of residents in obstetrics and gynecology, enabling fellows to develop and master their ability to teach and mentor. This will allow for the progression in clinical and teaching responsibilities during their training period. Didactic instruction including structured teaching conferences and seminars including those for research are ongoing throughout the department for the trainees and the faculty. 

Fellows are taught through hands on experience in a department under the supervision of trained mentors with additional experience coming from selected rotations pertinent to women’s health.  Clinical, didactic, and academic endeavors of this fellowship have been developed to provide the necessary training to produce exceptional surgeons. 

Rotation Schedule:

Year 1: PGY 5:

  • Gynecologic Oncology – 4 months
  • Urogynecology – 4 Months
  • Minimally Invasive Gynecology – 4 Months
  • Research – Weekly
  • General / Colorectal Surgery – 1 month

Year 2: PGY 6:

  • Gynecologic Oncology – 4 months
  • Urogynecology – 4 months
  • Minimally Invasive Gynecology – 4 months
  • Research - Weekly