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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.
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

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Sample Schedule from 2023

Thursday, February 16

Time Session
7:00 am - 7:45 am Breakfast
7:45 am - 8:00 am Welcome and Introductions
8:15 am - 11:20 am LECTURES: GROUP A
8:15 am - 8:45 am Surgical Anatomy
Faculty: John DeLancey, MD
8:45 am - 9:15 am Native Tissue Repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Faculty: Star Hampton, MD
9:15 am - 9:45 am Vesicovaginal Fistula Repair
Faculty: Peter Jeppson, MD
9:45 am - 10:15 am Tips & Tricks for Sacrocolpopexy
Faculty: Tanaz Ferzandi, MD
10:15 am - 11:15 am Laparoscopic Burch/Paravaginal Repair & Anatomy Demonstration
Moderator: Peter Jeppson, MD
Lab: Peter Rosenblatt, MD
8:00 am - 8:15 am Transition Time to Get to Lab
8:15 am - 11:10 am LAB: GROUP B
8:15 am - 8:40 am Cysto/Stents/Retrograde Images and Technique
Faculty: Elizabeth Mueller, MD
8:40 am - 9:05 am Sphincteroplasty/Perineal Anatomy
Faculty: Peter Rosenblatt, MD; Maria Florian Rodriguez
9:05 am - 9:30 am Burch and Retropubic Space
Faculty: Cate Bradley, MD
9:30 am - 9:55 am Rectus Fascial Sling
Faculty: Robert Gutman, MD
9:55 am - 10:20 am Sacrocolpopexy
Faculty: Felicia Lane, MD
10:20 am - 10:45 am Midurethral Slings (Transobturator, Retropubic, Single Incision) and Eclipse
Faculty: Gena Dunivan, MD
10:45 am - 11:10 am Bulking Agents
Faculty: Lee Ann Richter, MD and Industry Reps.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
Panel Discussion: Managing Complications
Moderator: Robert Gutman, MD
Panelists: All Faculty
12:30 pm - 12:40 pm Transition Time to Get to Lab
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
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm Social Event


Friday, February 17

Time Session
6:45 am - 7:45 Breakfast with Laborie
8:00 am - 10:55 am LECTURES: GROUP B
8:00 am - 8:30 am An Evidence-based Discussion of Epidemiology, Evaluation, and Recent Innovative Treatments for Fecal Incontinence
Faculty: Gena Dunivan, MD
8:30 am - 9:00 am Management of Urinary Tract Injury
Faculty: Elizabeth Mueller, MD
9:00 am - 9:30 am Hysteropexy vs Hysterectomy
Faculty: Robert Gutman, MD
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Avoiding and Managing Laparoscopic Complication
Faculty: Peter Rosenblatt, MD
10:00 am - 10:55 am Panel Discussion: Incorporating new evidence into your clinic practice & clinical decision-making vignettes
Moderator: Cate Bradley, MD
Panelists: Robert Gutman, MD; Elizabeth Mueller, MD; Gena Dunivan, MD; Peter Rosenblatt, MD
7:45 am - 8:00 am Transition Time to Get to Lab
8:00 am - 10:55 am LAB: GROUP B
8:00 am - 8:25 am Sacroneuromodulation and Fluoro
Faculty: Felicia Lane, MD
8:25 am - 8:50 am Sacrospinous Ligament Fixation
Faculty: Peter Jeppson, MD
8:50 am - 9:15 am Clitoral Anatomy
Faculty: Maria Florian Rodriguez, MD
9:15 am - 9:40 am Obturator Anatomy in Relationship to Sling
Faculty: John DeLancey, 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: Tanaz Ferzandi, MD
10:30 am - 10:55 am Ureteral Injury and Repair
Faculty: Lee Ann Richter, MD
10:55 am - 11:45 am Lunch
Panel Discussion: Career Development
Moderator: Peter Jeppson, MD
Panelists: All Faculty
11:45 am - 11:55 am Transition Time to Get to Lab
2:50 pm - 4:00 pm



Thank you to Abbvie, Axonics, Bard, Boston Scientific, Caldera, Coloplast, Cooper Surgical, Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson, Karl Storz, Laborie, Lina Medical, Medtronic, Neomedic, Palette Life Sciences, Valencia Technologies, WL Gore for their support of the 2023 course!