The Section of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Calgary is pleased to offer a two-year clinical fellowship program in Urogynecology / FPMRS.
As part of the academic Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, our group provides an 8-week core Resident Rotation for PGY-4 trainees. Occasionally, as schedule permits, visiting electives of 4-8 weeks duration are available for Canadian residents interested in a FPMRS fellowship. In the upcoming academic year, elective time is available for trainees of Canadian residency programs in Block 11. Electives are arranged through the Program Administrator for the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Residency Program at the U of C.
Our current and past fellows are working across the country and internationally. Please click here if you’d like more information about our trainees.
Entrance is open to successful graduates of Canadian Obstetrics & Gynecology or Urology residency programs who meet requirements for independent practice in the province of Alberta. Non-Canadian trained applicants must meet the requirements for a provisional licence. Please check the College of Physicians of Alberta website for eligibility. We offer 1 to 2 positions annually, with a flexible start date between July 1 – Dec 31 in the year of offer.
Our fellowship involves working in a multidisciplinary setting. The program includes a very busy clinical load with large surgical volume. Five Urogynecologists work out of the pelvic floor clinic. In addition, we work with four external teaching faculty physicians member at large from the PMRS section (Drs. David Cenaiko, Katherine Lo, Eider Ruiz Mirazo, Magnus Murphy). Fellowship curriculum is flexible to meet your needs, but we ensure experience can be gained in all aspects of advanced vaginal and laparoscopic approaches to pelvic floor repair, including use of prosthetics and biographs, ureteric stenting, and uterine preserving techniques. Advanced laparoscopic techniques are generally introduced in the second year, depending on the fellow’s baseline surgical skills.
Interpretation of multichannel urodynamics and dynamic cystoscopy is taught. The fellow will have direct contact and interaction with nurse practitioners, physiotherapists, and pessary clinic. Electives with gastroenterology, urology and MIS team as possible, as are electives with other institutions.
The opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary pain clinic is available and recommended.
While our program is primarily clinically focused, a research project is expected – with completion by the second year of fellowship. Financial support is available for presentation of research.
It is possible to undertake a Master of Science at the University of Calgary, through the Department of Community Health Sciences in the disciplines of Epidemiology, Clinical Epidemiology or Health Services Research concurrently with the fellowship, extending training by only 6 months.
Call requirements are 1:3 home call/weekend rounding. Fellows are expected to participate in formal and informal education of medical students and OB/GYN residents.
Due to the nature of our funding model, applicants must obtain a full unrestricted license (non-trainee) from the College of Physicians of Alberta.
May 30th (annually)
Interviews: Mid-June (annually) – in-person or by teleconference
- Cover letter outlining your interest in FPMRS/Urogynecology
- 3 letters of reference
Please update send all documentation to Dr. Shunaha Kim-Fine at
Dr. Jena Hall is originally from Ottawa, Ontario. She completed medical school at the University of Toronto, and Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Queen’s University. She also completed a Master of Education through the Clinician Investigator Program at Queen’s. Jena entered the Calgary FPMRS Fellowship Program in November 2021, keen to pursue a career in women’s pelvic health and reconstructive surgery.
Jena’s research interests include optimization of surgical training in the OR and exploration of clinical learning environments. She is involved in local medical education communities at the University of Calgary, as well as nationally with Royal College initiatives. She is keen to explore interdisciplinary collaboration in medical education research and would be happy to support or supervise any learners interested in pursuing research within her field.
Jena’s other hobbies include running and yoga.
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Rebecca Anne Manion
Rebecca Manion grew up in Calgary, Alberta where was fortunate to complete both her undergraduate and medical degree at the University of Calgary. She completed her Master’s studies in Health Economics, before pursuing her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa. It was here that she developed a strong interest in pelvic surgery and surgical education.
Rebecca returned to Calgary to join the FPMRS Fellowship Program in 2023 where she hopes to further her research interests in surgical education and quality improvement. Outside of the hospital, you will most likely find her jogging, rock climbing, or walking her dog.
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Since its inception, the Urogynecology / Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program at the University of Calgary has graduated numerous fellows who are providing first class care to women across Canada & internationally. Our esteemed alumni include:
- Dr. Hazam Al-Mandeel, 2006, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Dr. Roxana Geoffrion, 2008, Assistant Professor at UBC, Vancouver, BC
- Dr. Isabelle Girard, 2011, Universite de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC
- Dr. Anita Harding, 2011, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
- Dr. Erin Brennand, 2013, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
- Dr. Eider Ruiz-Mirazo, 2015, South Health Campus, Calgary, AB
- Dr. Dobrochna Globerman, 2016, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
- Dr. Louise-Helene Gagnon, 2016, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON
- Dr. Sara Houlihan, 2018, Royal Columbian Hospital, UBC, Vancouver, BC
- Dr. Hanan Al-Shankiti, 2018, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Dr. Breffini Anglim, 2020, University Maternity Hospital, Cork, Ireland
- Dr. Emily Sandwith, 2020, Victoria General Hospital, Victoria, BC
- Dr. Allison Edwards, 2022, Sturgeon Community Hospital, Edmonton, AB
- Dr. Alison Carter Ramirez, 2022, Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, AB
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