Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship Required Courses
Introduction to Biometry #1610*: Designed for students with little or no previous course work in mathematics or statistics. Topics include study design, data description,elements of probability, distribution of random variables, applications of the binomial and normal distributions, estimation and confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, contingency tables, regression, and analysis of variance. Additional topics include introduction to statistical computing and data management, distribution, free statistical methods, demographic measures, and life tables.
Introduction to Research*: This course runs daily throughout July of each year. Fellows are taught medical statistics, disease etiology, computer science, and medical writing. Lectures are given on the use of human subjects, animal research, and full consent of confidentiality.
***Additional Course Learning: Basic didactic learning in statistics and research are encouraged with the classes noted above. Fellows can choose to pursue a Masters in Public Health or a Masters in Clinical Research, both offered through the University of Texas. Others have chosen to involve themselves in the Clinical Scientist Training Program. This is a one or two year program teaching fellows all aspects of research and grant writing as well as biostatistics. (For more information on this program, please visit the Clinical Scientist Training Program web site. These programs do require applications that may be due prior to the fellowship start date.
Didactic Lectures and Conferences: Fellows meet with Dr. Zurawin on a weekly basis for informal teaching sessions. There are regular “retreats” where updates on research projects,literature, and performance feedback are discussed. Additionally, fellows are encouraged to participate in Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology educational activities, such as Grand Rounds, pre-operative rounds and M&M conferences at Ben Taub Hospital, journal clubs, as well as other selected educational opportunities at St. Luke’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine fellows are also involved in several resident and student education forums as instructors. These include weekly sessions teaching the residents and medical students about various aspects of minimally invasive surgery.
Call: Each fellow is required to take faculty-level general OB/GYN Night Call in our major resident teaching hospital twice a month. This activity, in general, involves less than five percent time of the fellowship.