Needs Assessment and Learning Objectives

Needs Assessment & Description

The field of reproductive medicine is evolving rapidly with advances reflecting the multicultural contributions of the global community of healthcare professionals. The IFFS Scientific Committee and the ASRM Scientific Program Committee selected as their theme for the 2013 conjoint meeting “Transforming Reproductive Medicine Worldwide” to emphasize international collaborative efforts to improve every patient’s ability to fulfill his or her reproductive destiny. Reproductive healthcare is challenged globally by technology, ethics, clinical skill, social customs, religious beliefs, emotions, legal restrictions and cost. Clinicians, scientists and allied health professionals must improve their ability to navigate these uncharted territories in order to provide optimal care for their patients. The educational activities of the 2013 postgraduate and scientific programs are designed to enhance the medical and scientific knowledge, clinical and laboratory competence and professional performance of the healthcare team in helping patients achieve their goals with regards to reproduction.

The program committees have designed postgraduate courses, plenary lectures, symposia, interactive sessions, debates, roundtable discussions and oral and poster free-communication sessions to provide participants with a variety of formats and venues to teach and learn, discuss and debate, and give and receive new information, insight and skill. New to ASRM will be the popular IFFS trilogy format in which three speakers discuss the basic, translational and clinical aspects of a particular topic. The educational and program committees have identified educational needs through gap analyses for education in the areas of male and female infertility, assisted reproductive technology, andrology, endometriosis, reproductive perturbations by environmental toxicants, sexuality, menopause, contraception, gamete and embryo biology, polycystic ovary syndrome, fibroids, regenerative medicine and stem cell biology, and access to reproductive care in low-resource regions. Experts from around the world will present the most recent cutting-edge evidence regarding diagnosis and treatment of reproductive problems.

The 2013 IFFS/ASRM conjoint meeting will provide abundant educational opportunities for reproductive endocrinologists, gynecologists, urologists, family practitioners, internists, embryologists, andrologists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, geneticists, and practice managers. Both the postgraduate and scientific programs will include mentored, hands-on training for those reproductive surgeons wishing to enhance their skills in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. The goal is for every professional in the field of reproductive medicine and biology to leave the meeting as a better practitioner stimulated to make new discoveries that will advance reproductive healthcare.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the postgraduate and scientific programs, participants should be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast clinical approaches to fertility care in resource-rich and low-resource regions.
  2. Summarize the latest scientific advances in the biology of gamete and embryo development, fibroids, endometriosis, stem cells and polycystic ovary syndrome.
  3. Discuss optimal methods for producing, culturing, assessing, selecting and cryopreserving human embryos.
  4. Design evidence-based interventions to treat male reproductive disorders.
  5. Implement protocols for preimplantation genetic testing to prevent propagation of genetic diseases in assisted reproductive technologies.
  6. Counsel infertile patients regarding the costs, both emotional and financial, of using the latest medical therapies to build a family.
  7. Assist postmenopausal women in coping with vasomotor symptoms, bone loss, mood disorders and sleep disturbances.
  8. Recommend the most appropriate contraceptive methods for patients in different physiological, cultural and financial circumstances.


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