The in vitro fertilization laboratory: teamwork and teaming

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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.

Fertility and Sterility

Editorial Office, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Fertility and Sterility® is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders.