Research & Education

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship

Our Fellowship program offers an interdisciplinary clinical and research training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. The program faculty has the expertise, facilities and patient population to prepare candidates for board certification by the ABOG Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and for professional careers in academic institutions.

The fellowship is currently of three years duration. The first year fellow is primarily involved in patient care, limited to clinical reproductive endocrinology and infertility service (in vitro fertilization will be excluded). During this time the fellow sees patients with faculty members of the Division and operate with the faculty. He/she will also learn the basic principles of clinical research and initiate specific projects. It is expected that the fellow will have direct experience in the interpretation of all imaging procedures and histological material available from surgical specimens. The fellow has a major role in all decisions affecting patient management and is part of a program that allows for continuity of patient care. At the end of this year the fellow is expected to be fully capable of initiating and performing all appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, with the exception of in vitro fertilization. Throughout the fellowship training, the fellow is exposed to pediatric and medical endocrinology by attending weekly conferences held by these divisions and by discussing cases with their consulting faculty. During this year, the fellow gives regular seminars to medical students, residents, other department members, and affiliated hospital staffs in topics related to reproductive endocrinology. The performance of the fellow is evaluated through periodic formal appraisals by all participating faculty.

The second year of fellowship training is designed to develop experience in laboratory or clinical research. In order to develop an appreciation of the scope and limitations of laboratory techniques, the fellow becomes familiar with all relevant laboratory procedures in reproductive endocrinology, including immunoassays, tissue culture, receptor assays, DNA-RNA analysis, and gene analysis. Statistical analysis and quality control is an integral part of the curriculum. This rotation allows interaction with other scientists, and improves the fellow’s understanding of the latest scientific techniques. Each fellow chooses a specific area of research that will be the basis of a published thesis. In addition, clinical research projects initiated during the first year are continued during this year. Finally, although the fellow has little exposure to patient care, he/she is expected to participate in patient care review conferences. The fellow participates as in the first year, in regular teaching seminars. The performance of the fellow is evaluated through periodic formal appraisals by all participating faculty.

The third year fellow is involved clinically in the in vitro fertilization program. During this time the fellow learns and participates in all aspects of in vitro fertilization, from patient evaluation and management to laboratory techniques, including micromanipulation. He/she will also be exposed to medical and pediatric endocrinology patient care by attending weekly conferences held by these divisions and by discussing cases with their consulting faculty. The other large block of time is spent continuing both laboratory and clinical research projects. All fellows are expected to complete and submit their thesis work by the conclusion of this year of training. As in previous years, fellows participate in teaching conferences and are evaluated through periodic formal review by all participating faculty.