Observership Program

IPPS Pelvic Pain Observership Program

An observership program, which provides qualified healthcare practitioners such as MDs, PTs, NPs, PAs, Fellows and Residents an opportunity to visit one of the observership locations for the purpose of observing on a temporary, restricted basis. If a provider has a valid license to practice in the state of the observership they may examine patients if their mentor agrees.

Annapolis, Maryland

Richard P. Marvel, MD
Center for Pelvic Pain

The Center for Pelvic Pain is a private practice in Annapolis, Maryland that provides care for patients with various complicated gynecologic problems including chronic pelvic pain disorders, vulvar pain, pudendal neuralgia, recurrent vulvovaginitis, peripheral neuropathies. Areas of specific expertise include peripheral nerve entrapments, pudendal neurlagia, vulvodynia and peripheral neuromodulation.

The preceptorship involves exposure to 2- 4 1/2 days in the office and possibly surgical procedures, depending on the schedule. It is important to know the OR schedule is difficult to predict and can change with short notice.

The participant would have exposure to:

  • Office-based patient evaluation (560 New patients/year)
  • Diagnostic evaluation
  • Medical management
  • Nerve blocks
  • Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, including laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • Neuromodulation, procedures and follow up

New York, NY

Amy Stein, DPT, BCB-PMD, IF
Beyond Basics Physical Therapy

Beyond Basics Physical Therapy is a private practice in New York City, NY that provides care for adult and pediatric patients with various complicated pelvic health conditions including chronic pelvic pain disorders, vulvar pain, pudendal neuralgia, non-bacterial prostatitis, IC/PBS, IBS, endometriosis, peripheral neuropathies and more.

The physical therapy preceptor ship involves 1-2 half/full days in the office with various practitioners in order to allow the participant to see various forms of treatment and practices. Additional hands-on training can be provided for a separate fee.

Orlando, FL

Georgine Lamvu, MD, MPH; Jorge Carrillo, MD; Mario Castellanos, MD
Orlando VA Healthcare System, Orlando Florida (for VA employees and affiliates)

Currently, there are more than 2.2 million women Veterans and that number is expected to continue to grow over the next decade. The Orlando VA Health Care System (OVAHCS) is the nation’s 4th largest VA Medical Center providing world-class healthcare for more than 130,000 women Veterans within the central Florida area. The center is situated on a 65-acre campus that encompasses the full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient services including Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Operating Rooms, and a Simulation Learning Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) center. OVAHCS is part of Lake Nona ‘Medical City,’ a community that includes the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine and Nemours Children’s Hospital. The OVAHCS Gynecology Division provides a full range of minimally invasive procedures in both office and surgical settings. The clinical facilities are equipped for office hysteroscopy, cystoscopy, colposcopy, urodynamics, and vaginal laser therapy, while the surgical areas are equipped with a vast array of instrumentation and technology for advanced vaginal, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. All mentors have expertise in complex pelvic pain disorders (chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, dyspareunia, pelvic floor dysfunction), vaginal surgery and urogynecologic disorders (incontinence and prolapse).  Observership applicants will have exposure to all outpatient and surgical modalities used for management of pelvic pain as well as to an extensive multi-disciplinary network for pain management. Applicants must be currently affiliated with the VA (employees, contractor or university affiliates) to qualify for this program. The observership is limited to no more than 2 weeks.

Pereira, Colombia

Juan Diego Villegas-Echeverri, MD
Advanced Gynecological Laparoscopy and Pelvic Pain Center -ALGIA- at Clínica Comfamiliar in Pereira

The Advanced Gynecological Laparoscopy and Pelvic Pain Center -ALGIA- at Clínica Comfamiliar in Pereira (Colombia) is a private practice, university affiliated focused care center in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Pelvic Pain. It addresses the concern that most graduating residents in obstetrics and gynecology are not fully trained in modern MIS techniques and Pelvic Pain.

ALGIA provides care for patients with various complicated gynecologic problems including chronic pelvic pain disorders, endometriosis, painful bladder syndrome, peripheral neuropathies and myofascial pain among others.

The preceptorship lasts one week and includes exposure to office-based patient evaluation (including focused H&P), office procedures, diagnostic procedures, medical and surgical management and follow up, nerve blocks and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.


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