#ASRM2020: Meet Some of Your Expert Speakers


#ASRM2020: Meet Some of Your Expert Speakers

Jessica L. Waters, JD, American University, Washington, DC: The David and Rosemary Adamson Lecture on Excellence in Reproductive Medicine: The 2020 Reproductive Rights Landscape

The 2020 reproductive rights landscape is ever changing. In a year when nothing is certain, one thing has remained consistent, the continued attacks on the rights to provide and obtain a full range of reproductive health care. This plenary will focus on the changing legal and political landscape regarding reproductive rights, including a discussion of the emerging challenges at both a state and national level. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of recent Supreme Court decisions, COVID-related restriction, and the 2020 elections on reproductive health care.

Mark Leondires, M.D., Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut, Norwalk, CT, Juno Obedin-Maler, MD, MPH, MAS, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, Trystan A Reese, AA, Family Equality and Christina Robertson, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA: Symposium: Caring for Sexual and Gender Minorities: Optimizing Care of Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Patients

The ASRM gap analysis and educational needs assessment describes four major areas of needed inquiry for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) patients. This highlights the extreme need to focus on these communities and our obligation as a society to optimize care for these populations. Moreover, in addition to the medical knowledge needed, there are many psychosocial challenges, not only in individual patients, but in the increasingly diverse families created, as well as still-existing societal prejudices. Operationalizing care for these diverse groups is challenging for a busy reproductive endocrinology and infertility practice and requires exceptional attention to detail.

This session will begin with an overview of considerations in each of the major LGBTQ communities. The unique needs for family building in all these communities will be discussed, and the focus will be on the complex needs of transgender patients. The session will conclude with a practical tool kit to help practices implement care for LGBTQ patients.

Judy Simon, MS, RDN, CD, CHES, FAND, Mind Body Nutrition, PLLC, Redmond, WA and Angela Claire Thyer, MD, Seattle Reproductive Medicine, Seattle, WA: Symposium: Culinary Medicine For Fertility

Culinary medicine is a new discipline which teaches cooking skills and nutritional information to support health. In this symposium, dietitian, Judy Simon, and REI, Angela Thyer, will share their experience using culinary medicine as a tool to promote health and wellness as an adjunctive treatment for fertility patients. They have developed an innovative program to specifically help women eat well and lose weight to optimize fertility. Within a supportive group setting in a fertility clinic, they teach cooking skills and nutrition for fertility. They have coached >100 overweight and obese patents, and >75% have gone on to start healthy families.

ASRM's 2020 Gala: A Mask-R-Aid Ball Join us for this fun event featuring our awards presentation and promising to be a lot of fun. Mark the evening of Friday, October 16th on your calendar and stay tuned for registration and addition details.

The Run for Reproductive Health Returns this Year Run, walk, bike or Paleton for a great cause with a team or solo October 1- 15. Details and registration coming later this week.

Participate in Virtual Quest During this year's Congress, participate in our Virtual Quest scavenger hunt for an opportunity to win exciting prizes. If you enjoy the passport game at our in-person meetings, you won't want to miss this! Details coming soon.