OB506M.23

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Sites: BWH
Director(s): Erik Alexander, Janis Fox
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month.
Location: BWH - Brigham and Women's Hospital (23)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: The course is designed to acquaint students with current concepts of infertility and management of interrelated reproductive endocrine problems and to familiarize them with laboratory techniques used in evaluating patients with such problems. Students will observe the workup and care of fertility and endocrinology patients as well as patients with recurrent miscarriage. There is extensive exposure to surgical management of such patients, including mininmally invasive surgery and robotic cases. They will attend conferences and seminars related to these subjects. Students will also have exposure to laboratory techniques used in the work up and treatment of such patients. Exposure to assisted reproductive technologies in clinics and laboratories, and pediatric gynecology and endocrinology is also available and encouraged.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Students are exposed to reproductive endocrinology, andrology and IVF laboratory policies and procedures. Weekly conferences during which a variety articles related to REI are reviewed. Formal weekly conferences are held with invited experts presenting the most up to date advances in the field.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction:
Top 5%-10% of students who have rotated through the elective. Consistent honors with distinction in all categories from all evaluators.
Honors:
Top 80%-90% of students who have rotated through the elective. Consistent honors in all categories from all evaluators.
Satisfactory:
Top 50%-80% of students who have rotated through the elective. Consistent satisfactory in all categories from all evaluators.
Unsatisfactory:
Fails to meet the absolute minimum standards expected of a 4th year student with respect to integrity, interpersonal skills, professionalism, communication skills, fund on knowledge, participation and attendance.