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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 reproductive medical field, and the up-and-coming leaders, doctors, and researchers of 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 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: understanding early embryo development, exploring therapeutic editing of human embryos, reflecting on legislative interference in contraception, the roots, basics, and future of reproductive surgery, responding to human trafficking in healthcare, strategies for communicating accuracy of medical trials, and understanding the study of sex differences in research. 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.
Included in the diverse program are “tracks” for specialty and interest areas to 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.
At the conclusion of the Scientific Congress, participants should be able to:
- Describe how the extensive range of reproductive technologies from the cellular level to clinical application impact the future of reproductive medicine.
- Discuss strategies to reduce costs, optimize work flow, and broaden accessibility to reproductive
- Apply appropriate treatments for reproductive dysfunctions in males and females at different ages throughout life using the latest outcomes of research and technology.
- Summarize the ethical, legal, and psychosocial issues related to assisted reproductive care.
- Explain the significance of genetics and genomics to reproductive care.
- Review latest scientific advances in endometriosis, fibroids, menopause, contraception, and polycystic ovary syndrome.
- Utilize cutting-edge scientific advances in embryo biology and assessment to optimize embryo transfer success.
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Medical Knowledge
- Patient Care
- Practice-based Learning and Improvement
- Systems-based Practice
- Values/ethics for Interprofessional Practice
- Interprofessional Communication
- Teams and Teamwork