Ashli Lawson is a Texas native who moved to Kansas City to begin the journey of her life-long goal to become a Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Provider.
She grew up in Austin and then studied mathematics & chemistry at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She received her MD at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas Texas and stayed at Parkland Hospital for her residency training in obstetrics & gynecology. While delivering over 1000 babies was gratifying & thrilling, she always knew she wanted to serve the pediatric & adolescent population who struggle with gynecologic conditions. Her research in residency focused on vulvar pathology and HPV vaccination which she presented at local and national conferences.
Upon completion of her general ob-gyn training, she decided to move with her husband to Kansas City where she could complete her subspecialty training. She is the current PAG fellow and divides her time between Children’s Mercy Hospital and Truman Medical Center. Her time at Children’s Mercy is split between specialty clinics (such as gynecology clinic, endocrine clinic, and adolescent clinic), the operating room, and research. She also spends a portion of her time with the residents in benign clinic and on Labor & Delivery. While Ashli would tell you that she is enthralled by all PAG subjects, she finds herself most interested in the pathophysiology of Mullerian anomalies (and associated syndromes), differences in sexual development, and fertility counseling/preservation. She also enjoys innovative techniques in medicine and resident education. Ultimately, she sees herself at an academic institution where she can continue to work in the clinical realm and also further the field of pediatric & adolescent gynecology through research and national committees.
In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Kansas City with her husband and their 2 year old black lab, Strider, and when given enough time, she loves traveling abroad with a new book.
Tobias Limperg (PGY3) presented his research titled “Respiratory Pathogen evaluation for Lipschütz ulcer” at the annual meeting of the North-American Society for Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology. The 10-patient case series illustrates the association between Lipschütz ulcers and respiratory pathogens such as Influenza A and Mycoplasma pneumoniae. It suggests to include testing for these pathogens as part of the evaluation of patients presenting with these debilitating ulcers.
Each fellow is required to obtain a certificate in Clinical Research from the Bioinformatics Department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Coursework is expected to be completed prior to finishing fellowship.
The graduate certificate program is comprised of the core courses offered in the Master of Science in Bioinformatics Clinical Research Track Curriculum. It is a valuable credential for health care professionals (e.g., junior faculty, clinical fellows, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, clinical research coordinators) who want in-depth exposure to essential tools needed to advance their research career.
The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research curriculum includes 15 credit hours of required coursework. The program consists of five core courses (3 credit hours each) from the Master of Science in Bioinformatics Clinical Research Track curriculum. The courses are:
Professor, Chair, Program Director, Senior Associate Dean - Women's Health Department(s) of Obstetrics and Gynecology Section: Maternal Fetal Medicine Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District, Children's Mercy Hospital
The overall educational mission of the program is to ensure the graduate possesses the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes essential to be able to function as a consultant to pediatricians, family practitioners, obstetricians and gynecologists for girls from birth up to age 18-21 years with pediatric gynecologic concerns as well as older women born with congenital anomalies.
The PAG graduate should also learn to work with a team of specialists in the care of girls born with complex anomalies. In addition, he/she will obtain skills which will allow him/her to function effectively in the areas of basic and clinical research in pediatric and adolescent gynecology.
The educational objectives for the fellowship are designed to be graded such that as fellows advance in training, procedural objectives are similarly designed to become more complex as fellows advance through training.
Formal training portfolios will be maintained which will allow for documentation of satisfactory performance and advancement through the program.
At the completion of training, fellows should demonstrate competence at the level of a new practitioner in pediatric and adolescent gynecology
Structure of Program
The fellowship is housed within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. This program consists of weekly clinical and surgical attendance on the pediatric and adolescent gynecology service at The Children’s Mercy Hospital as well as monthly interdisciplinary clinical participation in the DSD, and Turner’s syndrome clinic. Fellows will also rotate in associated disciplines of pediatric urology, adolescent medicine and eating disorders, endocrinology, SCAN clinics (sexual abuse and forensics) and be a member of the gender assignment team. In addition, each fellow will be expected to complete a certification in clinical research with a Master’s of Science in Health Informatics available if desired. Fellows are expected to generate an original research project during their fellowship and to be involved in ongoing multidisciplinary research. Each fellow will have some time each week for independent adult obstetric and gynecologic c practice for board certification. Home call for the PAG service will be approximately 1 in 3 nights.
The Fellowship in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at University of Missouri -Kansas City will entail 80% clinical work and 20% research.
Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Service
The fellow will be directly involved in all PAG activities at the Children’s Mercy Hospital including ambulatory visits, hospital consults, surgical, and emergency services. Fellows will participate in the multidisciplinary GUIDE team, devoted to care of children with disorders of sexual differentiation and complex genital anomalies as well as the Turner’s syndrome clinic.
Clinical Research Training
Each fellow will obtain a graduate certificate in Clinical Research from the Department of Health Informatics. The graduate certificate program is comprised of the core courses offered in the Master of Science in Bioinfonnatics Clinical Research Track Curriculum. Fellows are expected to participate in ongoing clinical research as well as develop their own independent project.
Clinical rotations at Children’s Hospital will be offered in the following areas:
Adolescent Primary and Preventative Care
Sexual abuse (SCAN clinic)
Urology and voiding dysfunction
Clinical Practice / Academic responsibilities
All fellows will spend 30% oftheir clinical time in independent OB/GYN practice at Truman Medical Center at the Instructor level.
The fellow will be expected to function as a full member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology including clinical and didactic instruction to residents and medical students and attendance at departmental and sectional didactics.
The Pediatric Adolescent Gynecology Fellowship participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). However, at this time, the program does not accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
To register for the Specialties Matching Service through the NRMP, select the navigation button “Register / Login” from the NRMP home page – www.nrmp.org. The NRMP R3 System uses an AAMC ID and password as the unique identifier of each participant. If you have been assigned an AAMC ID, have it available when you register. If you do not have an AAMC ID, you will be assigned one as part of the registration process.
We are currently accepting applications for 2021-2023 through July 1, 2020. The matched applicant will have a start day of July 1, 2021. Qualified applicants will be considered for interviews upon application. Interviews will take place in July and August. If you are interested in applying please print and complete the common application from www.naspag.org. We have included the link for your convenience.
Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) has 26 subspecialty training programs and core residency programs in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine/ Pediatrics.
CMH is a regional, 317 bed tertiary referral center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center serving the Heart of America and the only free-standing children’s hospital between St Louis, MO to the east, Denver, CO to the west, Omaha, NE to the north and Little Rock, AR to the south. CMH is consistently recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the United States
Truman Medical Center
Truman Medical Center (TMC) provides a full array of acute care and outpatient services. In addition to Emergency Medicine and Trauma, TMC Hospital Hill is also noted for Asthma, Diabetes, Ophthalmology, Weight Management and Women’s Health. Women’s Health Services include high risk obstetric care, specialized gynecologic care, hysteroscopic and uterine sparing procedures. Patients can receive OB/GYN services and primary care, all in one location.
University Physician Associates
University Physician Associates (UPA), Hospital Hill Health Services Corporation, was founded in 1972 as a nonprofit corporation. UPA physicians provide the multi-specialty medical group faculty for the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. UPA physicians conduct most of their teaching of students and residents at Truman Medical Centers.
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
UMKC is home to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which supports a fully accredited residency program and Fellowship training in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Additionally, the UMKC School of Medicine offers the Master of Science in Bioinformatics. Fellows rotate through Bioinformatics to obtain graduate skills in clinical research methodology.
This Fellowship provides the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the area of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology while working in a multidisciplinary environment.
This program has been designed to ensure that upon successful completion of two post-graduate years, the fellow will be prepared to function as a consultant to pediatricians, family practitioners, pediatric surgeons, pediatric urologists, obstetricians and gynecologists in the gynecologic care of girls from birth to age 21.
Fellows will blend their clinical time between active PAG practice, surgery and relevant interdisciplinary rotations within Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and Surgery subspecialties.
Independent academic OB/GYN practice at the faculty level is incorporated into the experience.
In addition, the fellowship is designed to obtain skills by academic instruction and clinical research to function effectively in the arena of basic and clinical research in pediatric and adolescent gynecology.
Julie Strickland MD, MPH
Professor, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology
University of Missouri at Kansas City