OB506M.23

Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology

Credits: 4.00 CREDITS (Clinical Elective)
Sites: BWH
Directors: Fox, Janis Heidi
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month.
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
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.
Learning Goals:
Acquaint students with current concepts of infertility and interrelated reproductive endocrine problems.
Familiarize students with laboratory techniques related to workup and treatment of above such patients.
Expose students to workup and care of fertility and endocrinology patients, including surgical management and assisted reproductive technologies.
Appreciate assisted reproductive endocrine and andrology laboratory techniques and processes.
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.
Evaluation:
Observation in clinics, operating room, on the wards and during formal, assigned presentation with specific attention to integrity, interpersonal skills, professionalism, communication skills, fund of knowledge, participation and attendance. Feedback from faculty, fellows, residents, nurses, laboratory techs and other ancillary staff. HMS evaluation forms will be utilized.
Grade Criteria:
High Honors:
Top 5%-10% of students who have rotated through the elective. Consistent high honors 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.
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