November 2021: Should Fellows Perform Live Embryo Transfers in Fellowship?

Journal Club Global Live from the SREI 2021 National Fellows Symposium
November 2021: Should Fellows Perform Live Embryo Transfers in Fellowship?

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Few things are more taboo in reproductive medicine fellowship training than allowing fellows to perform live embryo transfers. While regional and program differences exist - be it via insurance mandates, training culture, and program volume - nearly 1 in every 5 fellows graduate without performing a single live embryo transfer, with most performing under 10 during 3 years of subspecialty training. Is the next generation of reproductive medicine specialists being under trained in this essential skill because their outcomes are inferior to those of faculty member performed transfers?

The upcoming Journal Club Global will discuss the article “Outcomes of embryo transfers completed by Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellows versus faculty: An 11-year retrospective review” recently published in Fertility & Sterility

The event will be hosted live from the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellows retreat in Park City, Utah. Discussants will include a panel of REI fellows and faculty who will be asked to switch allegiances and argue the opposing side of should fellows perform embryo transfers?

  • Should REI fellows perform live embryo transfers in fellowship?
  • Are the outcomes between fellow and faculty performed transfers different?
  • How do you effectively convey to patients that a trainee is involved in their clinical care?
  • Should fellows simply be required to learn this skill once out in practice?
  • How much does experience and technique matter?
  • How do you best prepare and train fellows for live embryo transfers?

Faculty Panelists:
Erica B. Johnstone, M.D., M.H.S.
Kenan Omurtag, M.D.
Steven Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Fellow Panelists:
Sarah Bjorkman, M.D.
Erika New, M.D., M.P.H.
Callum Potts, M.D.

Moderators:
Micah Hill, D.O.
Pietro Bortoletto, M.D.