An urologist undergoes 5-6 years of training after medical school where surgical techniques are utilized to treat the genitourinary tract in women, men and children. A gynecologist trains for 4 additional years after medical school with a focus on obstetrics and care of the female reproductive system. An urogynecologist is a surgeon that has completed either urology or an ob-gyn residency and then went on to sub-specialize. The sub-specialty training for urogynecology requires an additional 2-3 years of training after residency is completed. This is called a fellowship.
In order to be boarded in the specialty of urogynecology, the doctor must then take a written board exam (offered for the first time ever in 2013) and complete one of the accredited fellowships approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties. If they meet these criteria then they are considered Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) specialists. What this means is that not all urogynecologists are FPMRS specialists who have completed the highest level of training requirements. All of our doctors are either fellowship trained in an accredited FPMRS fellowship program and/or are board-certified in FPMRS.