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The theme of the 2018 Scientific Congress of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine is “Focus on the Next Generation.” The scope of reproductive medicine is broad, ranging from puberty to menopause, including males and females, while having a focus that is both molecular and macroscopic. This Scientific Congress will explore the next generation of technological advances in reproductive care, new research in the field, and highlight the rising leaders, clinicians, and researchers in reproductive medicine. 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 cutting-edge research. These goals will be addressed by a wide array of educational activities. 

The Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuing Education (CE) portion of the Scientific Congress will include plenary lectures, symposia, and interactive sessions interweaving the theme of this year’s Congress. Plenary lectures will feature exceptional speakers covering a wide range of themes in reproductive research and clinical medicine including: early embryo development; therapeutic editing of human embryos; legislative interference in contraception; the roots, basics, and future of reproductive surgery; human trafficking in health care; strategies for communicating accuracy of medical trials; and the study of sex differences in research. Congress symposia will provide more in-depth coverage of basic and clinical subjects. Topics range from germline and mitochondrial gene therapy, the international guidelines for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the environmental influence on child health after assisted reproductive technology (ART), advances in fertility preservation, access to care, psychosocial and legal aspects of transgender care, the relevance of embryo research, management of menopause, use of emergency contraception, endometriosis detection, correction of gaps in reproductive health disparities, nutrition and reproductive health, ethics of transferring embryos with an abnormal diagnosis, and selection of which embryo is best to transfer.

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 the development of in vitro gametes, the possibility of anonymity in gamete donation, genetics and mitochondria of the aging oocyte, the use of minimal stimulation, CRISPR breakthroughs, understanding the patient experience, chromosomal mosaicism, vasectomy versus testicular extraction of sperm, and surgery skills of graduating fellows. 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 presentations of scientific abstracts that enable investigators to present cutting-edge scientific research in reproductive medicine and biology.

Included in the diverse program are “tracks” for specialty and interest areas that can enable participants to focus on specific topics and identify areas to expand their knowledge. The 2018 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 assisted reproductive technology 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 polycystic ovary syndrome.
  6. Explain the ethical, legal, and psychosocial ramifications of third-party reproductive technologies.
  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