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Fellows Hands on Course

Fellow Hands On Course 2024

February 15-16, 2024 | 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: Hyatt Place, Tampa Downtown, 325 North Florida Ave, Tampa, Florida, 33602 

  • Registered participants will receive discounted rates at the Hyatt Place Tampa Downtown. ($225 per night including complimentary breakfast). Registered participants will need to arrange their own roommates and book their own accommodation.
  • Participants should eat breakfast at the Hyatt Place. 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 2024.


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

Registration is closed.


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
Native Tissue Repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Faculty: Star Hampton, MD
8:40 am - 9:10 am
Hysteropexy vs Hysterectomy
Faculty: Robert Gutman, MD
9:10 am - 9:40 am
Avoiding and Managing Laparoscopic Complication
Faculty: Kris Strohbehn, MD
9:40 am - 10:10 am
Vesicovaginal Fistula Repair
Faculty: Peter Jeppson, MD
10:10 am - 10:40 am
An Evidence-based Discussion of Epidemiology, Evaluation, and Recent Innovative Treatments for Fecal Incontinence
Faculty: Gena Dunivan, MD​
10:40 am - 11:10 am
Urethral Diverticula
Faculty: Yahir Santiago-Lastra, 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
Cysto/Stents/Retrograde Images and Technique
Faculty: Leslie Rickey, MD
8:40 am - 9:05 am
Implantable Ankle Neuromodulators (Revi, eCoin)
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: Yahir Santiago-Lastra, MD; Peter Jeppson, 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: Managing Complications
Moderator: TBD
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 
Friday, February 16
6:45 am - 7:45 am
Laborie Sponsored Symposium
7:45 am - 8:00 am CAMLS Check-in
8:00 am - 10:55 am
8:00 am - 8:35 am
Surgical Anatomy
Faculty: John Delancey, MD
8:35 am - 9:10 am
Vaginal Hysterectomy
Faculty: Cate Bradley, MD
:10 am - 9:45 am
Management of Urinary Tract
Faculty: Leslie Rickey, 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: Robert Gutman, MD
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
10:30 am - 10:55 am
Ureteral Injury and Repair
Yahir Santiago-Lastra, MD
10:55 am - 11:45 am
Panel Discussion: Career Development
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


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