The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology conducted the first Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery certification examination in August 2013. Urogynecologists Larry Bowen, M.D., and Wesley Hilger, M.D., are among the first in the nation to be board certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS).
The recognition of FPMRS as a subspecialty Board represents many years of collaborative efforts from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Urology. Both urologists and gynecologists with training in this field can now become Board Certified in FPMRS. Board certified fellowships in FPMRS have been around for many years, but individuals were not granted the privilege of board certification until now.