Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

FPMRS Fellowship Conferences and Meetings

Division Weekly Conferences

Case Conference

Primary FPMRS faculty, FPMRS fellows, residents and medical students on service meet weekly to discuss surgical cases for the following week. This provides an opportunity to discuss pre-operative evaluations and operative considerations as well as any preoperative patient care needs. Fellows will work with residents and our nurse practitioners prior to conference to ensure patients are prepared for surgery (preoperative clearance, H&P, social considerations, prophylaxis, etc.). We will also discuss peer-reviewed literature relevant to each case. Once per month, we will discuss any adverse events or complications related surgical cases to ensure on-going quality improvement and patient care.

Research Conference

The FPMRS team (faculty, fellows, residents, research coordinator) assembles weekly to discuss new research ideas and review on-going divisional research projects. At each conference, all current projects are reviewed to ensure adequate study progression, including subject recruitment and retention. The remaining time will be devoted to brainstorming, new protocol development and teaching important educational research topics, including study design, implementation, recruitment and retention strategies, data collection and management, data analysis and dissemination, biostatistics, and ethics of humans subjects research. This unique, regularly scheduled interdisciplinary research conference also teaches fellows the importance of teamwork and continued oversight for successful research.


This hour long educational conference dedicated to fellow teaching includes weekly lectures, journal clubs, and round table discussions. Fellows are expected to prepare seminars and facilitate journal clubs several times per year to promote competency in problem based learning and improvement and communication. Faculty will also facilitate problem based learning sessions and lead round table discussions on historic and current topics in FPMRS. Experts from other disciplines and the basic sciences are regularly invited to present their research at these conferences.

Departmental Weekly Conferences

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Friday gynecology conferences include a morbidity and mortality conference, as well as grand rounds. Once a month, the residents participate in separate journal club that has traditionally incorporated articles spanning all of the various subspecialties in Obstetrics and Gynecology. At least one of the sessions is dedicated to Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and the fellows will be expected to facilitate this session.

Joint NM Obstetrics & Gynecology Fellowship Didactic Series

NM has 6 Obstetric & Gynecology fellowships with more than 16 fellows.  Four times per year, all departmental fellows come together for dedicated, interactive learning sessions focused on the ACGME competencies of professionalism, problem based learning and improvement, and system based practice.  

Scientific Meetings

Fellows are expected to attend the American Urogynecologic Society annual meeting each year. They are also encouraged to present their work at other national conferences, such as the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine, & Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU), Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS), American Urologic Association (AUGS), and American College of Obstetrician & Gynecologists (ACOG). Active meeting participation is expected at all meetings to promote the fellow’s experience and expertise in scientific meeting participation. Other scientific meetings may be selected with the approval of the program director.

SGS 2013    AUGS 2014