TRAINING & Faculty
Ken R. Sinervo, MD, MSc, FRCSC, AAGL, ACGE, Medical Director, MIGS Surgeon
Nicholas Kongoasa, MD, MB BCH, FACOG, MIGS Surgeon
Robert B. Albee, Jr., MD, FACOG, AAGL, ACGE, MIGS Surgeon (Ret), Founder Emeritus
Heather C. Guidone, CEC Surgical Program Director
Debbie Primm, Practice Manager
Julius Lorinc, PA & Wendy Winer, RN BSN CNOR RNFA, First Assists
Our Center is very pleased to offer a number of educational programs ranging from short observerships to full Fellowships. Please read on for more information or contact our Program Director at your leisure to discuss any of these options further.
The CEC is pleased to offer an Observational education program for licensed providers who may wish to visit us in our Atlanta, GA operating room and offices but who do not want to participate in a full Fellowship. This short term program (1-5 days) is NOT hands-on and participants will not receive a Certificate of Training; however, our Observerships offer insight on many levels ranging from surgical complexities of pelvic pain pathologies and endometriosis to our leading practice culture of patient-centric care. No fee applies; however, no funding or compensation is offered. Whilst Certification is not permitted or provided for Observerships, we are very happy to provide you with a letter confirming your attendance in our program. The CEC is also always delighted to have students join us for a Shadow Day. We’ve had the privilege of hosting Biomedical Engineering students, Medical Assistant students, Nursing students, PhD candidates and a variety of others from all healthcare and academic pursuits, ranging from high school to post-grad. Confirmation of Hours is provided. Please let us know if you'd like to come observe our team. Please note there is a lengthy hospital application for Observership rotations; the hospital also requires a full health history and evidence of current immunizations.
*Medical Internships/1st Year Residents, please refer to our Fellowship Program.
Full Fellowships & Rotations
The CEC’s full FMIGS Program for Gyn residents. Please read the following carefully before pursuing.
In order to plan accordingly, please be advised that once accepted for rotation at our Center, it will take you approximately five months for your credentialing process to be completed before you can begin. Fellows will need to obtain a valid GA State License as well as Northside Hospital privileges, and this is a very lengthy procedure which must be completed and in place before your Fellowship starts. Of critical note: international Fellows who require Visa or other immigration documentation will need to start the process approximately 18 months in advance, as the United States H-1B application deadline is in April the year prior to an October (or later) start in our offices. Thank you for your understanding and adherence to these timelines.
The Center for Endometriosis Care/Kenny R. Sinervo, MD, FRCSC, LLC is committed to creating an enduring legacy of education and training in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, specific to the advanced excision of endometriosis and complex surgical competencies, for the next generation of providers. To that end, our Faculty has developed a strong training program for the expert excision of all stages of endometriosis and advanced MIGS surgery, offering qualified gynecologists an opportunity to participate in a unique, in-depth Preceptorship under the guidance of a leading surgical team headed by Dr. Ken Sinervo. Participants will receive their Certificate of Training upon completion.
Through a comprehensive didactic approach, CEC Fellows engage in extensive clinical hands-on exposure under the tutelage of our world-class surgeons specializing in advanced Laparoscopic Excision of Endometriosis (LAPEX). The intimate and dedicated nature of our program is highly effective, designed to facilitate expansion of surgical abilities in a complex specialty utilizing the C02 laser as an advanced dissection and cutting tool, while promoting development of expertise in the assessment, knowledge and treatment of individuals of all ages with endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain pathologies.
CEC surgeries range from LAPEX of highly complex, deeply fibrotic endometriosis including urogenital/colorectal involvement and retroperitoneal dissection to myomectomy, Laparoscopic hysterectomy, adhesiolysis, tubo-ovarian procedures and far beyond. Clinical time will be spent under the tutelage of Ken Sinervo, MD with exposure to CEC surgical staff and corresponding disciplines e.g. gastroenterology, urology, hospital and OR staff.
The camaraderie and novel training environment permits the CEC to develop surgical leaders and future teachers in endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain gynepathologies while facilitating enhancement and refinement of advanced Laparoendoscopic skills for those qualified. Ultimately, this improves the standard of care for individuals with endometriosis and pelvic pain from every region of the world.
Minimum requirements to receive CEC credentialing:
Board Certified by the American College of OB/GYN (ACOG) or international equivalent;
Certified by AAGL, the Accreditation Council for Gynecologic Endoscopy, or equivalent/appropriate accrediting organization;
Demonstrated skill at MIGS/Laparoscopy;
Understand and agree with the science behind and principles of LAPEX (Laparoscopic Excision) vis a vis “modern concepts”; uniformly use LAPEX on every case of endometriosis;
Letter of Recommendation (LOR) from a supervising Faculty Member, Fellowship Director or Department Chairperson; this must be emailed, mailed or faxed directly by the recommender to the CEC Program Director, not to the FMIGS candidate;
Curriculum Vitae (including explanation of any breaks in education and employment if applicable) must be provided;
Fluency in spoken and written English;
It is the Fellow’s responsibility to investigate and obtain any applicable Visa or other licensure requirements for the United States; foreign national, permanent resident, refugee or asylee must provide proof of resident alien status and have the legal right to work in the United States. Please include copies of any such paperwork if necessary in your application documents;
Personal statement reflecting on your career goals and reason(s) for applying to the CEC’s Fellowship Program; and
Maintain data on the following:
- Pain relief
Fellows go on in practice to adhere to the CEC’s approach:
- Gather a team of surgeons ready to complete the excision at the initial surgery (for example – thoracic, bowel, bladder etc. disease); and
- Maintain the highest standards and CEC reputation for compassion, expertise and interest in advancing the treatment and understanding of individuals with endometriosis from all socio-cultural-economic walks of life.
TO INQUIRE / FULL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: please send your letter of interest to Heather@CenterForEndo.com along with possible dates. Rotation availability is currently Spring/Summer 2018. Malpractice, salary, housing and/or fiscal sponsorship costs are hosted by the referring academic center or practice [unless otherwise discussed and arranged with the CEC Medical Director in advance].
Educational objectives during our rotation focus on evidence-based medicine, anatomical principles, instrumentation and operative Laparoscopy involving all stages of endometriosis including extrapelvic manifestation (thoracic, diaphragmatic, etc.). Operative procedures include but are not in the least limited to Laparoendoscopic Excision of endometriosis stages 1-4, adhesiolysis, myomectomy, hysteroscopy, appendectomy, hysterectomy +/-BSO, adnexal surgery, retroperitoneal dissection including ureterolysis, complex pelvic floor reconstruction/repair, diagnostic/operative cystoscopy and bowel excision/full thickness resection. All procedures are performed by conventional Laparoscopy. Educational emphasis is on an integrated operating room organization; indications, risks and benefits of MIGS; patient preoperative management and operative positioning/preparation; instrumentation, energy source(s) and trocar selection/port placement; strategies for access, dissection, hemostasis, tissue handling and removal; suturing; adhesion formation/prevention and more. Responsible use of equipment and performance requires comprehensive knowledge about instrumentation function as well as previous operative experience.
We expect our Fellows to attend office, see pre-ops and other CEC patients in partnership with our Medical Director. Fellows will be responsible for a portion of on-call duties and will see patients post-operatively in the hospital and round on them. In alignment with similar Fellowship Guidelines, Fellows engage in hands-on surgery initially as Assist, and then perform procedures as appropriate commensurate to level of skill and level of complexity of case. No research requirement is indicated unless a specific endeavor presents at the time of Fellowship. All CEC cases are recorded; Fellows are encouraged to edit cases for presentation at conferences and/or teaching videos.
To obtain your FMIGS candidate information packet, contact Heather Guidone.
Candidates, colleagues, members of industry and medical documentarians/filmmakers who would like to visit our OR for training and/or academic/educational pursuits and qualified healthcare providers/students who would like to observe/shadow, please contact the CEC’s Program Director via email Heather@CenterForEndo.com or phone toll free 866.733.5540. Thank you for your interest!