A Roadmap for Training in Urogynecology: IUGA International Initiative

Gil Levy, Fiona M. Lindo, Svjetlana Lozo, Lisa Prodigalidad, Luiz Gustavo Olivera Brito, Tsia Shu Lo, Yongxian Lu, Danielle D. Antosh, Emmanuel Karantanis, Anupreet Dua, Sylvia Botros-Brey

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Introduction and hypothesis: Training in urogynecology is an important mission of the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA). Promoting official training programs in countries around the world is an integral part of this mission. Methods: The IUGA established the Fellowship Development Committee to develop a roadmap to assist countries to develop a professional training program in urogynecology. Two focus groups were created: the curricula topics focus group and the survey focus group. The curricula topics focus group is aimed at developing a list of subjects that can be the basis for a training syllabus. The survey focus group is aimed at understanding the main steps and the difficulties in establishing an official training program by interviewing representatives from both accredited and non-accredited countries and developing a roadmap for an official training program recognized by the local authorities. Results: The fellowship development committee included 13 members. The curricula topics focus group developed a format for the description of each included topic. Each topic had to include a description of the required related skills and procedures. Two curricula topics lists were created: one for basic training and a second for advanced training. The survey focus group conducted two table discussions with representatives from countries with accredited training programs and countries without accredited training programs. The comments of these meetings were summarized in documents submitted to the IUGA board of directors. Conclusion: The fellowship development committee studied the main hurdles to developing an official training program in urogynecology. The roadmap document should form the basis of the IUGA international initiative to assist countries around the world to develop an official training program in urogynecology recognized by the local authority.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
StateAccepted/In press - 2024


  • International Initiative
  • IUGA
  • Training roadmap
  • Urogynecology training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Urology


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