The San Francisco meeting leveraged the IFFS toward its now vigorous efforts that include workshops conducted throughout the developing world, active public relations, guidelines for topics requiring international interaction (e.g., cross border care), and online resources. A regional IFFS international meeting is held in years during which the IFFS Triennial Congress is not held. In 2014, we will be meeting in Yokahama, Japan, conjointly with the Japanese Fertility Society.
Given the many international participants who regularly attend ASRM as well as IFFS, the IFFS/ASRM program will be familiar in format. ASRM staples remain, and IFFS strives to be complementary. The IFFS mission is to stimulate basic and clinical research, disseminate education, and encourage superior clinical care of patients in infertility and reproductive medicine worldwide. Our national member societies, which now number 54 including ASRM, help carry this out. IFFS/ASRM 2013 thus offers postgraduate programs of international focus, talks by colleagues from all geographic regions, and topics covered that are not typical for ASRM. A special feature is the presentation of the IFFS Surveillance Report on Assisted Reproductive Technologies, a triennial compilation and synthesis providing information on ART that began in 1998. The IFFS scientific program is robust throughout. Distinct from ASRM are the IFFS trilogies. Three talks per session on a single topic by three different experts who focus on their forté – basic science, translating discoveries into clinical application, or integrating recent knowledge into clinical management. The IFFS Scientific Committee, composed of elected representatives from nine member societies, worked assiduously with Professor Basil Tarlatzis and the ASRM Scientific Program team.
IFFS is grateful to ASRM for hosting this Congress, using its good offices, and providing IFFS access to its exemplary staff. As a Past ASRM President myself, I truly appreciate the inconvenience that such an “out of sync” meeting entails. Yet IFFS is confident that this conjoint meeting will underscore the old adage that the product should be greater than the sum of the individual parts. On a personal note, I look forward to seeing colleagues in Boston and enjoying a delightful social program - the Museum of Science on Wednesday night is a “can’t miss” event. And, of course, I shall enjoy coming away with the best science that reproductive medicine offers.