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 sugery 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.

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

 Sawsan As-Sanie

Courtney Lim, M.D.
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 deadline for application is June 30th of each year.

Interview dates for a July 1st, 2019 start date will be held on Friday, August 10th, 2018.

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
L4000 University Hospital South
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5276
Phone: (734) 232-2384
Fax: (734) 764-7261