Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship

Advanced training for MIGS at Scripps Clinic in San Diego

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Advanced training for MIGS at Scripps Clinic in San Diego

The Scripps Clinic Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) is designed for graduates of obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) residency programs who wish to pursue advanced training to master minimally invasive gynecological surgery techniques and advance the field of gynecological surgery. Working with core and adjunct faculty, fellows gain extensive experience in laparoscopic, robotic, vaginal and hysteroscopic surgery and learn to manage complex gynecologic conditions effectively. 

Approved by the AAGL, the two-year program integrates the latest developments in clinical practice, scientific research and technical innovation.

Clinical work is conducted at several sites in San Diego county. The bulk of major surgical procedures is performed at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Other surgical sites include Scripps Green Hospital, Scripps Mercy Hospital and at one of several Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) located at Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley ASC, Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo ASC and Scripps Ximed ASC.

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • The Scripps Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery (MIGS) Fellowship is a two-year program accredited by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL).
  • The fellowship is designed to provide state-of-the-art training in all forms of minimally invasive gynecologic (MIGS) surgery, minimally invasive therapies and noninvasive diagnostic testing, as well as training and development in clinical research design and execution.
  • Fellows operate at several of the hospital locations and outpatient surgery centers operated by Scripps Health in San Diego County. Scripps is affiliated with the obstetrics and gynecology residency program based at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and residents rotate full time at Scripps.
  • Fellows take six nights of gynecology call from home each month as well as two 24 hour shifts per month in house working on labor and delivery.
  • Most on-call work is for gynecologic problems only. Obstetric call duty is required two 24-hour Saturday shifts per month. The Scripps MIGS fellowship adheres to ACGME work-hour requirements.
  • Beginning in 2009, Scripps Clinic began offering a one-year, independent MIGS fellowship, and was granted accreditation by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) in 2011. In July 2013, the program received accreditation from AAGL to expand to a two-year program. 

Why choose us

  • Fellows are trained in advanced laparoscopic procedures, robotic surgery, operative hysteroscopy, pelvic floor reconstruction, urogynecologic evaluation and surgery.
  • Procedures are performed at hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.
  • Program integrates clinical care, resident teaching and research opportunities.

Fellowship highlights

  • Operate three to four days a week
  • Care for patients in a continuity clinic
  • Work on clinical research
  • Collaborate with gynecologic, urologic, and colorectal surgeons
  • Attend and present at national AAGL meetings

Training sites, on-call duties and rotations

The fellowship program at Scripps Clinic is designed to focus on advanced training in the hospital setting and outpatient surgery centers to help fellows prepare for future practice.


Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery clinical faculty members bring a breadth of knowledge to the fellowship program and enjoy sharing their years of experience with each of our MIGS fellows.

Current fellows and alumni

View a list of current fellows and alumni (PDF, 200 KB).

Research opportunities

Scripps Clinic has a rich tradition of clinical and basic science research. In 1924, following the discovery of insulin, philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps founded the Scripps Metabolic Clinic to diagnose, treat and investigate diabetes and other metabolic disorders.

Today, Scripps Clinic partners with Scripps Research, one of the world’s largest, private, nonprofit basic science research organizations.

In addition, the Scripps Translational Science Institute links Scripps Research with Scripps Clinic, educating the next generation of clinical and translational scientists.

First-year fellows work with clinical and translational science scholars through the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) course on clinical design and implementation. Using this as a foundation, fellows given the opportunity to design, implement and publish studies during their training.

Salary and benefits

The terms and conditions of the Scripps Clinic Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship Program training and employment are specified in the employment agreement (resident contract), including training obligations, stipend and benefits.

How to apply

Scripps clinic participates in the AAGL Fellowship application and NRMP matching programs.

For further information, you may contact Justine Shao, Administrative Coordinator, Scripps Clinic Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at