Pelvic Reconstruction Fellowship
The Pediatric Pelvic Reconstruction Fellowship is a one-year program intended for candidates who have received prior training in pediatric surgery but seek additional training in complex colorectal procedures, as well as pediatric urology and pediatric gynecology.
The Division of Pediatric Colorectal & Pelvic Reconstruction at Children’s National Hospital formally integrates all specialties involved in providing complete care of the colon, rectum and pelvis in kids. This environment provides a unique experience for Pelvic Reconstruction fellows, providing access to a large number of pediatric reconstruction cases: particularly reoperations and collaborative operations involving colorectal, urology and gynecology.
The large patient volumes and number of colorectal, urologic, gynecologic and reconstructive cases at Children's National Hospital make it an ideal location to receive advanced pelvic reconstruction training. In addition, we have tremendous basic science, clinical, translational and outcomes research opportunities with unique clinical services.
The fellow will receive experience in advanced pelvic reconstruction surgery and collaborating specialties, including gynecology and urology. The fellow will spend time on pelvic reconstruction cases, including time in the collaborative clinic.
With proper credentialing, the fellow will be able to second assist on any pediatric urology, pediatric gynecology or pediatric surgery case.
The fellow will participate in the robust teaching conferences offered in the pediatric surgery, urology and gynecology programs, including the morbidity and mortality conference, all teaching conferences and the complex case planning meetings. The fellow will participate in weekly meetings with the reconstructive teams, in which case presentations and discussion will be utilized to demonstrate case selection, operative planning, medical management and identification of complications and pitfalls in order to identify optimal approaches to solving colorectal problems.
In addition to clinical duties, the fellow will spend time conducting research. Research includes:
- Developing and studying surgical techniques and evaluating outcomes
- Developing training modalities to determine best practices in colorectal surgical education
- Basic science work in this field, if this is of interest to the fellow
The fellow will have dedicated research time, ongoing participation in data collection and QI projects focused on pelvic reconstruction surgery in pediatric patients, as well as involvement in a study of optimal curriculum development for pediatric surgical education in the area of pelvic reconstruction. If there is interest, collaboration with our basic science colleagues in the area of tissue engineering would be encouraged and fostered. The trainee is expected to submit at least three papers for publication.
The fellow will be evaluated on a quarterly basis by the program director.
Learn more about the curriculum and meet the faculty and staff. Take a look at other training opportunities that the Division of Colorectal & Pelvic Reconstruction offers:
Eligible candidates should have completed at least three years of general surgery or urology, or four years of gynecological training at an ACGME-approved (or equivalent) residency.
- Be fully licensed physicians in good standing in their home country
- Have current clinical responsibilities in the field that would be enhanced by the additional Children’s National Hospital training
- Commit to returning to their home country to practice to develop a colorectal program there
- Demonstrate a need in their home country for the clinical services for which this program will train
- Possess the knowledge, skills and academic achievements to be successful
- Possess the support of their home institution and demonstrate that they will be able to implement program development upon return
- Have the potential for ongoing collaboration and engagement of fellow/institution with Children’s National Hospital
International applicants must have completed or been in the process of completing their pediatric surgery training and obtain ABSA surgical assistant credentialing. Exceptions to this requirement must be approved by the Program Director, Marc A. Levitt, M.D.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit their curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation from pediatric surgeons with whom they have worked with via email or mail to:
Marc A. Levitt, M.D.
Division Chief, Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction
Children’s National Hospital
111 Michigan Avenue NW, Washington DC 20010