PG27: Human Embryology And Andrology For Physicians (Sunday)
Time:8:15 am - 5:00 pm
Location:Room 256 - Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
Tammie Schalue, Ph.D., H.C.L.D., E.L.D. (Chair)
Joe Conaghan, Ph.D., H.C.L.D. (ABB), Pacific Fertility Center
Brooks Keel, Ph.D., H.C.L.D. (ABB), Georgia Southern University
Dolores Lamb, Ph.D., H.C.L.D. (ABB), Baylor College of Medicine
Richard T. Scott, Jr., M.D., A.L.D., H.C.L.D., Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Nichola Winston, Ph.D., H.C.L.D. (ABB), University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
Developed in Cooperation with the American Association of Bioanalysts
NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND COURSE DESCRIPTION
complete and thorough understanding of male and female reproductive
physiology as well as laboratory andrology and assisted reproductive
technology (ART) laboratory techniques are essential to any clinician
working in the field of reproduction but are critical for a successful
ART clinical practice. This live course will provide residents, fellows,
physicians, nurses, and ART laboratory personnel with a greater
understanding of the principles related to reproduction and those
factors necessary for ART clinical success. An overview of male and
female reproductive functions will be presented covering topics from the
hypothalamic gonadal axis to gamete and embryo biology. Other areas of
presentation will include cryobiology and cryopreservation principles,
genetic factors affecting reproduction in humans, preimplantation
genetic diagnosis, and regulatory issues related to ART. Heavy emphasis
will be given to the biology/physiology behind the processes.
understanding of reproductive biology and physiology makes it
impossible for a clinician to provide his/her patients with the best
possible care. This course will familiarize the participant with the
essential anatomical and physiological components to ensure the
production of viable human male and female gametes. The participant will
learn how mature male and female gametes are produced as well as how
they arrive at the point of fertilization, how they interact to bring
about fertilization and oocyte activation, and how the fertilized zygote
develops through the stages of preimplantation development.
Participants will come away with a firm understanding of the various
tests used in semen analysis testing and the physiological basis for
these tests. Additionally, the participants will learn the limitation of
the embryo selection process, how to perform proficient embryo transfer
procedures to optimize pregnancy, and the physiology and mechanisms
behind ovarian stimulation protocols. Ample time will be allowed for
discussion and interaction to further the participant's knowledge base
and disseminate information.
At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:
- Review male and female reproductive physiology and identify areas that are critical for successful ART.
- Explain semen analysis procedures and what the analysis results may indicate clinically.
- Discuss cryobiology principles and techniques and how these principles and techniques are applied to ART.
- Identify critical steps within the ART process where quality control and quality assurance impact outcomes.
- Formulate practical quality control and quality assurance programs for the ART clinic and laboratory.
- Review regulatory issues related to ART clinics and
laboratories and discuss how these regulations may be implemented and