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Fellows Hands on Course

Fellow Hands On Course 2025

February 13-14, 2025 | Tampa, Florida

This advanced surgery course is for fellows specializing in Urogynecology and/or Female Urology.  The goal of this course is to help fellows, already well versed in basic principles of pelvic surgery, who are looking to increase their surgical knowledge regarding anatomy and more complex vaginal and laparoscopic operations.

This cadaver course will focus on advanced pelvic anatomy surrounding topics such as Martius flaps, laparoscopic retropubic surgery, ureteral location and surgical management, prolapse repair (with and without graft augmentation), management of mesh complications, laparoscopic surgeries, neuromodulation, and botulinum toxin. Additional topics, with slight variation from year to year, will be covered by nationally recognized experts in the field of urogynecologic surgery and female urology. 

This is a hands-on course focused on creating opportunities for interaction between the faculty and fellows. In addition to the didactic lectures and case-based discussions, there will three hours of cadaver labs each day to demonstrate surgical anatomy and techniques. Fellows will rotate in groups of 2 to 4 with each cadaver discussion lead by a dedicated faculty member. Fellows should approach the course as a way to gain exposure and knowledge regarding the aforementioned surgeries rather than expecting to individually complete a lengthy dissection or surgery on every cadaver. 

At the conclusion of the course, participants will have expanded their knowledge and gained confidence in using minimally invasive surgical techniques to advance the care of their patients with difficult pelvic floor problems.

Program Chair: Peter Jeppson, MD | University of New Mexico
Program Vice Chair: Maria Florian-Rodriguez | UT Southwestern

Location: Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS)

Preferred Accommodation: Information will be available in Fall 2024.

  • Registered participants will receive discounted rates at the preferred accomodation. Registered participants will need to arrange their own roommates and book their own accommodation.
  • Participants should eat breakfast before going to CAMLS. Breakfast will not be served at CAMLS.
Target Audience: Fellows in their second or third year of fellowship. This course is limited to one fellow per program and is complimentary to fellowship program members whose dues are current as of January 2025.


  • Accommodation and other transportation are NOT included in registration. 
  • Registration includes: course, 2 lunches, evening reception on Thursday night

Registered fellows can find more information and materials in the Fellow Hands On Course Community.

Example Schedule

Thursday, February 15

7:20 am - 7:45 am
CAMLS Check-in and Registration
7:45 am - 8:00 am
Welcome and Introductions
8:10 am - 11:10 am
8:10 am - 8:40 am
Hysteropexy vs Hysterectomy
Faculty: Kris Strohbehn, MD
8:40 am - 9:10 am
Native Tissue Repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Faculty: Star Hampton, MD
9:10 am - 9:40 am
Avoiding and Managing Laparoscopic Complication
Faculty: Kris Strohbehn, MD
9:40 am - 10:10 am
An Evidence-based Discussion of Epidemiology, Evaluation, and Recent Innovative Treatments for Fecal Incontinence
Faculty: Gena Dunivan, MD​
10:10 am - 10:40 am
Urethral Diverticula
Faculty: Peter Jeppson, MD
10:40 am - 11:10 am
Management of Urinary Tract Injury
Faculty: Leslie Rickey, MD
8:15 am - 11:10 am
8:00 am - 8:15 am  
Transition time to get to lab
8:15 am - 8:40 am
Ureteral Injury and Repair
Faculty: Saifuddin Mama, MD​
8:40 am - 9:05 am
Implantable Ankle Neuromodulators
Faculty: Felicia Lane, MD
9:05 am - 9:30 am
Burch and Retropubic Space
Faculty: John DeLancey, MD
9:30 am - 9:55 am
Rectus Fascial Sling
Faculty: Cate Bradley, MD
9:55 am - 10:20 am
Faculty: Tanaz Ferzandi, MD
10:20 am - 10:45 am
Midurethral Slings (Transobturator, Retropubic, Single Incision), Urethral Bulking Agents
Faculty: Maria Florian-Rodriguez, MD and Industry Reps
10:45 am - 11:10 am
Faculty: Maria Florian-Rodriguez, MD and Industry Reps.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Career Development
Moderator: Peter Jeppson, MD
Panelists: All Faculty
12:30 pm - 12:40 pm
Transition Time to Get to Lab
12:40 pm - 3:45 pm
3:45 pm - 3:55 pm
Transition Time to Get to Auditorium From Lab for Wrap Up
3:55 pm - 4:15 pm
Wrap Up in Lecture Hall
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Reception at Elevar Terrace at the Hyatt Place, Tampa Downtown
Friday, February 16
Faculty and fellows need to check out in the morning. You may store luggage at the hotel or CAMLS storage. There is NO late checkout.
7:45 am - 8:00 am CAMLS Check-in
8:00 am - 10:55 am
8:00 am - 8:35 am
Vesicovaginal Fistula Repair
Faculty: Peter Jeppson, MD
8:35 am - 9:10 am
Vaginal Hysterectomy
Faculty: Cate Bradley, MD
9:10 am - 9:45 am
Surgical Anatomy
Faculty: John DeLancey, MD
9:45 am - 10:20 am
Tips & Tricks for Sacrocolpopexy
Faculty: Tanaz Ferzandi, MD
10:20 am - 10:55 am
Clitoral Anatomy
Faculty: Maria Florian-Rodriguez, MD
7:45 am - 8:00 am
Transition Time to Get to Lab
8:00 am - 10:55 am
8:00 am - 8:25 am
Sacroneuromodulation and Fluoro
Faculty: Felicia Lane, MD
8:25 am - 8:50 am
Sacrospinous Ligament Fixation
Gena Dunivan, MD
8:50 am - 9:15 am
Sphincteroplasty/Perineal Anatomy
Faculty: Nazema Siddiqui, MD; Maria Florian Rodriguez
9:15 am - 9:40 am
Obturator Anatomy in Relationship to Sling
Kris Strohbehn, MD
9:40 am - 10: 05 am
Use of Martius Flap
Faculty: Star Hampton, MD
10:05 am - 10:30 am
Laparoscopic Cystotomy Repair & Suturing
Faculty: Peter Jeppson, MD; Tanaz Ferzandi, MD
10:30 am - 10:55 am
Cysto/Stents/Retrograde Images and Technique
Faculty: Leslie Rickey, MD
10:55 am - 11:45 am
Panel Discussion: Managing Complications
Moderator: Peter Jeppson, MD
Panelists: All Faculty
11:45 am - 11:55 am
Transition Time to Get to Lab
11:55 am - 2:50 pm
2:50 pm - 4:00 pm
Shower and wrap-up


Thank you to Axonics, BlueWind Medical, Boston Scientific, Caldera, Coloplast, Cooper Surgical, Karl Storz, Laborie, Lina Medical, Medtronic, Neomedic, and Palette Life Sciences for their support of the 2024 course!

Future Courses:

Feb 12 - 13, 2026 Tampa FL