Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Program Director: Sawsan As-Sanie, M.D., M.P.H.
Program Manager: Lisa Rendall

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Program Overview

The University of Michigan Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery is an American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) and Society of Reproductive Surgeons (SRS) accredited program of 2 years duration.  Our AAGL/SRS fellowship in minimally invasive surgery was established in 2001 for gynecologists seeking subspecialty training advanced endoscopic procedures in gynecology.  The University of Michigan established its Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship in 2003, and became accredited by the AAGL/SRS in 2005.

Our clinical and education mission in this two year program includes extensive training in advanced laparoscopic, robotic, and hysteroscopic surgical training techniques applicable to a wide variety of gynecologic conditions. 

Fellowship Goals

The comprehensive goal of the University of Michigan Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship program is to train academic fellows who are outstanding clinicians, teachers, and research contributors. The clinical educational objective of the two year training program is to provide fellows with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to independently manage complex gynecologic patients that may benefit from advanced endoscopic procedures. Specific educational goals for each fellow include development of the following:

  1. Sufficient understanding, experience, and proficiency to perform advanced laparoscopic, robotic, hysteroscopic, abdominal and vaginal surgery for complex, benign gynecologic conditions.  These conditions include uterine fibroids, advanced endometriosis, benign ovarian neoplasms, ovarian remnants, and chronic pelvic pain.
  2. To evaluate and appropriately select the appropriate medical and/or surgical treatment plan for women presenting with complex, benign gynecologic conditions such as abnormal uterine bleeding, symptomatic uterine fibroids, chronic pelvic pain, and/or endometriosis.

In addition, each fellow will be provided resources and experience to develop academic skills. Specific objectives for the teaching and research curriculum include the following:

  1. Ability to use appropriate methods and educational aids to teach medical students, residents, and allied health care professionals in clinical or classroom environments.
  2. Sufficient understanding and proficiency to complete clinical and/or health-services research projects, in addition to development of collaborative skills with others that foster ongoing research activities.
  3. Ability to write scientific articles and grant applications, and to contribute in an academic setting.

Clinical Experience

Educational Objectives:

Over the course of the fellowship, all fellows will participate in weekly didactic sessions.  Reading material on a clinical topic is assigned to the fellows and is supervised by the MIS faculty.  Particular attention will be given to areas of controversy and new research and include the AAGL core reading articles.  Topics to be discussed will closely follow the AAGL FMIGS educational objectives and will utilize the most recent literature and/or textbooks, including but not limited to the AAGL FMIGS reading list:
   1. Abdominal and pelvic anatomy
   2. Menstrual cycle physiology
   3. Abnormal uterine bleeding
   4. Uterine fibroids
   5. Endometriosis
   6. Adnexal pathology
   7. Acute pelvic pain
   8. Chronic pelvic pain
   9. Congenital anomalies of the urogenital tract
   10. Risk reducing surgeries
   11. Surgery in special populations
   12. Pelvic floor disorders
   13. Perioperative management
   14. Diagnosis and management of surgical complications
   15. Principles of energy sources
   16. Essentials of hysteroscopy
   17. Essentials of laparoscopy
   18. Essentials of robotic surgery
   19. Essentials of vaginal surgery
   20. Tissue retrieval and extraction
   21. Adnexal surgery
   22. Surgical treatment of congenital anomalies of the reproductive tract
   23. Hysterectomy
   24. Myomectomy
   25. Retroperitoneal dissection
   26. Surgical treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence
   27. Urinary Tract Surgery
   28. Gastrointestinal surgery
   29. Intraoperative identification and management of visceral injuries and bleeding
   30. Professionalism, ethics, accountability and communication
   31. Research Design, Analysis, and Interpretation

Sawsan As-Sanie, M.D., M.P.H.
Program Director

 Sawsan As-Sanie

Courtney Lim, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Courtney Lim

Lisa Rendall, M.B.A., B.A.
Program Manager

Minimum requirements to apply:

Completion of a residency program accredited by any of the following:
  • College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • National Joint Committee on Accreditation of Pre-registration Physician Training Programs of the Canadian Medical Association
Completion of all three USMLE exams
Due to Department of Labor prevailing wage regulations, we are unable to consider applicants that possess any type of visa.

How to Apply: 

Applications are only accepted through the AAGL.  To complete the application process, please visit the AAGL website at:  The application deadline for a July 1st, 2021 start date is June 12, 2020. Interviews will be held on August 7th and August 28th, 2020

For further information regarding the application process, please contact:

Lisa Rendall, M.B.A., B.A.
Fellowship Manager
University of Michigan Health System
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
L5003 University Hospital South
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5276
Phone: (734) 232-2384
Fax: (734) 764-7261