What Does Fellowship-Trained Mean?
The road of training to become a gynecologic surgeon is a long one. The entire process takes 13 years: 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and 4 years of residency. Those who are accepted to a subspecialty fellowship program will do an additional one-two years of specialty training in their specific field, for example if a fellow wants to become a minimally invasive surgeon, he or she obtains a fellowship in laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery. This means that the fellow is an expert in performing minimally invasive procedures, laparoscopically.
As a patient, ask yourself, do you want just any surgeon removing your fibroids or do you want a 2-year fellowship trained minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon like Dr. Hawkins?
Dr. Hawkins completed her training with one of the pioneers of endoscopic surgery, Dr. Fermin Barrueto and world-renowned robotic surgeon, Dr. Dwight Im. Her training took place at The Gynecology Center and distinguished Weinberg Center for Women’s Health & Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Her training was comprehensive, vigorous, and unprecedented.