The in vitro fertilization laboratory: teamwork and teaming

We review the hitherto unexplored issues of IVF laboratory teamwork and teaming. Challenges, team dysfunction, staff data tracking, interaction with clinical teams, postgraduate aspects, and unusual teaming scenarios are discussed.
The in vitro fertilization laboratory: teamwork and teaming

 VOLUME 117, ISSUE 1, P27-32


Alison Campbell, Ph.D., Jacques Cohen, Ph.D., H.C.L.D. , Kristen Ivani, Ph.D., H.C.L.D., Dean Morbeck, Ph.D., Giles Palmer, B.Sc., Sharon Mortimer, Ph.D.


Delivery of fertility treatment involves both teamwork within a discipline as well as teaming across multiple work areas, such as nursing, administrative, laboratory, and clinical. In contrast to small autonomous centers, the in vitro fertilization (IVF) laboratory team in large clinics must function both as a team with many members and a constellation of teams to deliver seamless, safe, and effective patient-centered care. Although this review primarily focuses on teamwork within the IVF laboratory, which comprises clinical laboratory scientists and embryologists who perform both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, it also discusses the laboratory’s wider role with other teams of the IVF clinic, and the role of teaming (the ad hoc creation of multidisciplinary teams) to function highly and address critical issues.