, Volume 19, Issue 11, pp 1523-1526
Date: 05 Jul 2008

Attitudes and perceptions regarding subspecialty training in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery

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Abstract

The objective of the study was to evaluate perceptions regarding subspecialty training in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS) in the United States. A 57-item questionnaire was anonymously mailed to fellows and applicants to FPMRS fellowship. Seventy-four American fellowship interviewees and current fellows completed the entire questionnaire (56% response rate). Key factors associated with higher interest in FPMRS compared to general obstetrics and gynecology (OBG) included competitiveness to get into fellowship and new developments. Key factors associated with higher interest in FPMRS compared to other subspecialties in obstetrics and gynecology (SUB) were lower risk of malpractice and higher sense of career satisfaction. Commonly cited attributes of FPMRS that attract to the field relate to the complexity of cases and the quantity of time spent in the operating room. Majority of responders preferred academics over private practice or a mixture (55.4%, 17.6%, and 27%, respectively). The most important reason for interest in FPMRS compared to OBG and SUB is quality time in the operating room and lower risk of malpractice, respectively. Results of this study may help attract medical students to OBG and help mentors with career counseling.