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This is a two-year fellowship that incorporates clinical, research, and teaching responsibilities at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York. It is best suited for candidates who wish to pursue an academic career, and offers the potential of more time for research and academic development if desired.

The goal of the program is to develop our Fellows into skilled laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgeons who can confidently tackle complicated pelvic surgeries including severe adhesive disease, advanced-stage endometriosis, complex myomectomies and congenital anomalies. Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery is an integral part of the experience. The program has a focus on chronic pelvic pain, allowing the development of an area of sub-specialty interest for the graduate of the program.

Overview of the Fellowship

Clinical Responsibilities

The Scibetta Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery provides the Fellow with significant flexibility to develop expertise in minimally invasive surgery. The Fellow operates at least three days per week with the fellowship faculty. The Fellow will also rotate with our GYN Oncology, Urogynecology and Colorectal Services.

The Fellow gains office and teaching experience by seeing patients in the faculty practice and by supervising residents seeing patients in the URMC Fibroid Center(with supervision by Dr. Bhagavath) as well as Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic (with supervision by Drs. Benjamin and Carrillo). The Fellow spends at least 2 sessions a week in the office, seeing patients.


Members of the fellowship meet monthly for didactic sessions. Didactics include lectures, chapter reviews, journal club, case discussions and monthly research sessions.. Fellow attendance is mandatory unless excused by the program director.

As part of the fellowship, fellow complete one course through the department of Community and Preventative Medicine. The required class is Introduction to Biostatistics (Course# BST 463). Classes are held during clinical hours and accommodations are made to minimize loss of class time due to clinical responsibilities.

Fellow Teaching

The Fellow has teaching responsibilities as they relate to the education of our 32 OBGYN residents as well as medical students in the clinics, operating room, on the floors and in the simulation center. The Fellow has an appointment as a Clinical Instructor and serves as a junior attending with intermittent service and call responsibilities.


The Fellow is expected to conduct IRB approved research during their fellowship and mentorship is provided to accomplish that goal. Typically, the Fellow manages to have video, oral and poster presentations at AAGL annual meetings.

Attendance at National Conferences

Each Fellow is strongly encouraged to present at one national conference per year, generally the AAGL Annual Conference.  When funds are available, attendance at additional conferences is a consideration.  Fellows are supported to attend any national meeting at which the fellow’s research is accepted for oral presentation.

Call Coverage 

The fellows take turn with the attending staff covering the Pain service. This call is beeper call. This includes caring for Pain patients and managing consults. Attending backup is always available.


The fellows are expected to moonlight during his/her fellowship.  The fellow must, however, remain in compliance with all ACGME work hour limits. The fellow is expected to take 2 OB Calls during the month on a Friday or Saturday.