Needs Assessment & Description
The theme of the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine is “Setting the Course in Reproductive Medicine,” a maritime reference as we plot and steer our way to future advances in the scientific and clinical knowledge of reproductive medicine and biology. Our Society’s 68th annual meeting will be held in the beautiful city of San Diego. The 2012 Annual Meeting Scientific Program is designed specifically to meet the educational needs of both scientists and practitioners specializing in the fields of male and female reproductive biology and clinical medicine. Educational objectives and learning events in the meeting are strategically planned to encompass both applied and investigational reproductive health in males and females. The many live, interactive learning activities are targeted to address educational needs within the varied fields of reproductive medicine and biology, including infertility, reproductive endocrinology, reproductive organ surgery, reproductive genetics, embryology, fertility preservation, and sexuality. We will also cast a wide net on reproductive corollaries with sessions devoted to contraception, menopause, pediatric and adolescent gynecology, mental health, ethics, and reproductive medical practice administration. This year’s program will focus on translational, bench-to-bedside advances and will introduce two new endowed Symposia and the concept of “Surgery Day”. The 2012 Annual Meeting location is the warm, sunny, friendly city of San Diego, easily accessible from most domestic and foreign airports. Educational sessions will allow for the rapid transmission of information from international experts in their fields through a variety of educational activities: plenary lectures, postgraduate courses, symposia, interactive sessions and debates. Attendees also will have the opportunity for informal interaction in the accompanying non-CME program of oral and poster abstract presentations and roundtable discussions that will inform participants about the results of the most meritorious and most recently completed basic science and clinical trials with relevance to biologists and clinicians specializing in reproductive medicine. Substantial time for questions and answers between participants and presenters is scheduled in order to ensure the greatest learning opportunities for introspection and interaction.
Educational events in the 2012 Scientific Program are designed to excite curiosity and inform learners about advances in a broad array of areas in reproductive medicine, biology and surgery. Our ultimate goal is to improve the quality of patient care and achieve better outcomes in reproductive health. A sample of the topics to be covered includes: stem cell research, biology and clinical application; live robotic myomectomy telesurgery; male and female fertility preservation; the neurobiology of sexuality; the burden of obesity on reproductive health; novel concepts and treatments for fibroids and menopause; the initiation of puberty and what can and does go awry; the genetic basis of female reproductive failure; extensive updates on oocyte, sperm, and embryo biology; new innovations in genetic screening and the “omics”, the new science of epigenetics; how to improve ART success to its maximum in terms of the patient and her offspring, and updates on the evolving ethics of advanced reproductive medical care. Each day of the meeting is equally packed with a similar mixed bag of learning opportunities offered by the best and the brightest in the field. The Scientific Program of the 2012 ASRM Annual Meeting will stimulate open discussion and vigorous exchange of ideas in a temperate, multicultural, evocative climate.
At the conclusion of the 2012 Annual Meeting Scientific Program of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, participants should be able to:
- Discuss the current indications and techniques for fertility preservation in males and females.
- Describe the genetic basis of female reproductive failure.
- Enumerate the role of genetic screening and its application to improve both success in ART as well as offspring health.
- Describe how the modern treatment of clinical male and female reproductive dysfunction includes genetic, biochemical, anatomic, and behavioral assessment and introduce evidence-based approaches to medical and surgical therapies.
- Assess recent advances in open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery that may lower morbidity and improve success.
- Describe how cross-border and cross-cultural reproductive care can impact all members of the health care team including male and female reproductive medical specialists, scientists, mental health specialists, technologists, adjunctive medical practitioners including nurses, and specialists in administration and business.
Continuing Education Credit Information will be located in the front of each Postgraduate Course syllabus and the Final Program.
CE/CME Credit reporting is done online. You will receive an email requesting you to log-in to complete evaluations of the Postgraduate and Scientific Programs and claim your AMA, ACOG, NASW and Nursing credits, or to request a Certificate of Attendance. The Website contains detailed instructions on how to complete the report and you will be able to print or email a certificate to the email address you provided at registration. Final date to report credit is December 31, 2012.
Credits other than those specified below are the responsibility of each attendee.
Commercially Supported Symposia
Commercially Supported Symposia presented at the Annual Meeting of the ASRM are a part of the Scientific Program, unless otherwise noted.
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Scientific Program Designation Statement
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Postgraduate Program Designation Statement
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has assigned cognates to the Scientific Program and 7 cognates to the one-day Postgraduate Program.
American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB)
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has been approved to provide Professional Enrichment Education Renewal (PEER) credit through the American Board of Bioanalysis. PEER CEUs will be recognized for the Scientific Program. CEUs will be recognized for postgraduate courses 3, 5, 6, 7, 11 and 14. PEER credit forms for eligible postgraduate courses and for the Scientific Program will be available at the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB) booth in the Exhibit Hall. ABB certification exams will be administered Friday, October 19, 2012.
American Psychological Association (APA)
The Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG) of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The MHPG maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Application for credits has been made.
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Application has been made for approval of Mental Health Professional Group postgraduate course 16 for 6.5 Continuing Education Contact Hours in the Scientific Program.
Nursing credits have been applied for course 13 from the Continuing Education Approval Program of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health. Nursing CE credit for the Scientific Program has been applied for from the Continuing Education Approval Program of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health.
Genetic Counselor CEUs
This event has been submitting to the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) for approval of Category 1 CEUs. The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) accepts CEUs approved by NSGC for purposes of recertification. Approval for the requested CEUs and Contact Hours is currently pending.
Note: No credits will be given for Association of Reproductive Managers Continuing Education Course PG17.
How to Obtain CME/CE Credits
Continuing Education Credit Information will be located in the front of each Postgraduate Course syllabus and the Final Program.
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education now requires that ASRM document learning for participants in CME programs. Thus, the procedure for claiming CME/CE credits has changed. We ask your cooperation in following the steps below to ensure that your credits are provided correctly to you.
- Within 3 days after the Annual Meeting, you will be sent an email asking you to complete an online evaluation of the Postgraduate and Scientific Programs. A personalized web link to the evaluation will be provided in your email. Please do not share this unique link.
- In late November, you will be sent a second email with a personalized web link asking you to complete the post-test on the content of the Postgraduate and Scientific Programs. This test is identical to the pre-test you received prior to the meeting and will enable ASRM to assess the effectiveness of the Postgraduate and Scientific Programs as learning activities. For your convenience, the test questions are printed with their corresponding activity listings in the course syllabi (Postgraduate Courses) or in the blue CME Section of the Final Program (Scientific Program).
After both steps have been completed, you will be able to claim your CME/CE credits and/or ACOG Cognates and receive a printable CME certificate. Please note that you must provide your 10-digit ACOG Membership Number to have your ACOG Cognates reported to ACOG. Results of both the evaluation and the post-test are anonymous. Both steps must be followed completely by December 31, 2012 in order to receive CME/CE credits. Please be aware that some email systems flag emails with Web links as junk mail and you may need to check your junk-email folder for your notifications.
Please DO NOT forward the links. In case of difficulty please email email@example.com.
*****Final date to report CME credits is December 31, 2012*****
Continuing education/continuing medical education credit is not offered during meals, breaks, receptions/cocktail parties, training sessions, satellite meetings or any private group meeting (e.g., council meetings, invitation-only meetings, editorial board meetings, etc.). In addition, CME credit is not offered during poster sessions, oral abstract presentations, or roundtable luncheon discussions.
Continuing medical education is a lifelong learning modality enabling physicians to remain current with medical advances. The goal of ASRM is to sponsor educational activities that provide learners with the tools needed to practice the best medicine and provide the best, most current care to patients.
As an accredited CME provider, ASRM adheres to the Essentials and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). CME activities now must first, address specific, documented, clinically important gaps in physician knowledge, competence or performance; second, be documented to be effective at increasing physician knowledge, skill or performance; and third, conform to the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.
ASRM must not only obtain complete disclosure of commercial and financial relationships pertaining to reproductive medicine but also resolve any perceived conflicts of interest. All postgraduate course faculty members and all organizers, moderators and speakers in the
Scientific Program have completed disclosures of commercial and financial relationships with manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, laboratory supplies and medical devices and with commercial providers of medically-related services. The disclosures were reviewed by the Subcommittee for Standards of Commercial Support of the ASRM CME Committee, which resolved perceived potential conflicts of interest.
The next few years will be an exciting time for the community of reproductive medicine practitioners as we adapt to the changing environment of healthcare and CME. The American Medical Association is advancing a transition of CME from a system of credits based on hours of attendance to a system based on improvement in physician performance.
Certificate of Attendance
Proof of attendance is available on request from J Spargo at the registration desk. Continuing Education Credit information is located in the front of the Postgraduate Course syllabi, and the Final Program and online.
Name badges will be issued for the Postgraduate and Scientific Programs and are required for admission. Spouse/guest badges will be issued and are required for admission to spouse/guest activities and the Exhibit Hall.
Photographing or audio/video recording of any session for personal or commercial purposes without permission is prohibited.