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The theme of the 2017 Scientific Congress of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine is “Advancing Reproductive Medicine to Build Healthy Families.” The scope of reproductive medicine is broad, ranging from puberty to menopause and including males and females, while having a focus that is both molecular and macroscopic. Family building through the utilization of reproductive medicine for resolution of infertility or fertility preservation will be explored at this Congress. The program is balanced between science at the cellular level and application of clinical care in family-building strategies. This live program is designed for physicians, nurses, andrology and embryology laboratory personnel, genetic counselors, social workers, practice and laboratory managers, as well as specialists in mental health, law, and ethics to advance exemplary medical care and disseminate cuttingedge research. These goals will be addressed by a wide array of educational activities. 
 
The Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Education (CME/CE) portion of the Scientific Congress will include plenary lectures, symposia, and interactive sessions interweaving the theme of the annual Congress. Plenary lectures will feature exceptional speakers covering a wide range of themes in reproductive research and clinical medicine including: translation of animal science to clinical care; exploring the cellular transitions from ovum to embryo; investigating the role of cell and gene therapies in reproductive medicine; designing contraception based on molecular genetics; re-examining uterine transplantation surgery; strategies for communicating medical knowledge; and reflecting on the history of in vitro fertilization in America. Congress symposia will provide more in-depth coverage of basic and clinical subjects. Topics range from ethics of genomic germ-line editing, assisted reproductive technology (ART) in the patient with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the environmental influence of diet and lifestyle on fertility and the role of adjuvant and complementary therapies, epigenetic influences of culture media, leiomyosarcoma diagnosis, counseling and legal implications of family building through third parties, the relationship between stress and infertility, ethical and technical issues with uterine transplantation, transgender fertility treatment, ART legal cases, access to care through simplified ART, regulatory pathways for reproductive devices, and updates on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. 
 
The interactive sessions cover a wide range of stimulating topics and are meant to be a forum for discussion and interaction, including topics such as mitochondrial DNA assessment, early pregnancy imaging, the role of micromanipulation in ART, donor disclosure, complementary and alternative medicine approaches to PCOS, fertility preservation in adolescence, and the role of evolving and novel tests and therapies. Supplementing the CME/CE program will be non-CME/CE events including Roundtable Luncheons and Expert Encounters that will provide opportunities for in-depth discussion with experts in small-group settings as well as oral and poster scientific abstract presentations that enable investigators to present cutting-edge scientific research in reproductive medicine and biology. 
 
The 2017 Scientific Congress should provide ample opportunity for learning, improvement of clinical competence and skills, and potential scientific collaboration.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of the Scientific Congress, participants should be able to: 
  1. Discuss how the extensive range of reproductive technologies from the cellular level to clinical application impact family building.
  2. Propose strategies that simplify technology, reduce costs, and broaden accessibility to ART care.
  3. Describe the relevance of genetics and genomics to reproductive care.
  4. Apply the latest scientific advances in embryo biology and assessment to the optimization of embryo transfer.
  5. Summarize current knowledge of endometriosis, fibroids, menopause, contraception, and PCOS.
  6. Explain the ethical, legal, and psychosocial ramifications of third-party reproduction.
  7. Select appropriate treatments for reproductive dysfunctions in females and males at different ages throughout life—childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and reproductive senescence.

ACGME COMPETENCIES

  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Medical Knowledge 
  • Patient Care 
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement 
  • Professionalism 
  • Systems-based Practice

INTERPROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Values/ethics for Interprofessional Practice
  • Roles/responsibilities 
  • Interprofessional Communication 
  • Teams and Teamwork
  • Interprofessional Teamwork and Team-based Care

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