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The theme of the 2019 Scientific Congress of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine is “Celebrating 75 Years of History and Innovation.” Reproductive medicine covers a broad range of topics from puberty to menopause, in both the female and male. Its depths of focus include basic science, translational and clinical areas. This Scientific Congress will explore advances in reproductive care and cutting-edge research in the field presented by expert scientists and clinicians. The program is balanced between basic and clinical research at all levels, applied medical care, and ancillary fields crucial to family-building including clinical laboratory science, mental health, reproductive law. This live program is designed for physicians, nurses, andrology and embryology laboratory personnel, genetic counselors, social workers, practice and laboratory managers, as well as specialists in mental health, law, and ethics.

The Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuing Education (CE) portion of the Scientific Congress will include a wide array of educational activities, including plenary lectures, symposia, and interactvi e sessions interweaving the theme of this year’s Congress. Pel nary lectures will feature exceptional speakers covering a wide range of themes in reproductive research and clinical medicine including: closing the generational gap between practitioners and patients; using live imaging to reveal the mechanisms that form the mammalian embryo; exploring the ethics of human germline editing; and understanding the role of elective egg freezing on the care of infertility patients. Congress symposia will provide more in-depth coverage of basic and clinical subjects. Topics range from ethics in embryo research, usefulness of specialized sperm function tests, new updates on therapies for infertility in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), management of infertility
in low resource settings, family building and co-parenting in the 21st century, oogonial stem cells to improve oocyte quality and ovarian reserve; building high functioning teams in the embryology laboratory, the endometrium and recurrent pregnancy loss, looking beyond the XX factor, infertility and tuberculosis, controversies in assisted reproductive technology (ART), fertility preservation options for women and men, regenerative medical therapies for reproductive medicine, access to fertility preservation care from policy to the patient, quality management issues in human ART, marketing your practice in a competitive market, fertility trajectory of Klinefelter syndrome from childhood to adulthood, patient-centered research in uterine fibroids, management of mosaic embryos after PGT-A in ART, oocyte maturation in vitro and female fertility preservation, status of growing gametes and embryos, developing an egg freezing program in your practice, fertility
preservation for transgender youth, novel therapies for the treatment of Asherman syndrome, risk management in patient education and consenting, ovarian stimulation protocols to improve results in assisted reproduction, and psychological, medical, and legal aspects of implementing an embryo donation program in a practice.

The interactive sessions cover a wide range of stimulating topics and are meant to be a forum for discussion and interaction, including topics such as non-invasive preimplantation genetic testing, moving hysteroscopy from the operating room to the office, Mullerian classification debate, reproductive epigenetics and mitochondria, environmental threats to reproduction, egg and embryo banking prior to advancing maternal age, insights from vertebrate model reproductive organ regeneration, disclosure implications of intentional and unintentional donor identity, how to handle mosaic embryos, hysterectomy versus utero-vaginal anastomosis to treat cervical agenesis, universal insurance coverage for IVF, key performance indicators for the IVF lab, and innovative approaches to treat dysmenorrhea, miscarriages, primary ovarian insufficiency, and recurrent pregnancy loss. Supplementing the CME/CE program will be non-CME/CE events including roundtable luncheons and Expert Encounters that will provide opportunities for in-depth discussion with experts in small-group settings as well as oral and poster scientific abstract presentations that enable investigators to present cutting-edge scientific research in reproductive medicine and biology.

Included in the diverse program are “tracks” for specialty and interest areas that can enable participants to focus on specific topics and identify areas to expand their knowledge. The 2019 Scientific Congress should provide ample opportunity for learning, improvement of clinical
competence, and potential scientific collaboration.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the Scientific Congress, participants should be able to:

  1. Summarize appropriate treatments for reproductive dysfunctions in females and males at different ages throughout life—childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and reproductive senescence.
  2. Discuss the relevance of genetics and genomics to reproductive care.
  3. Analyze the ethical, legal, and psychosocial ramifications of reproductive technologies on family building.
  4. Apply strategies that simplify technology, reduce costs, and broaden accessibility to assisted reproductive technology care.
  5. Examine current knowledge and innovative approaches to treat endometriosis, fibroids, miscarriages, menopause, contraception, polycystic ovary syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome, and Asherman syndrome.
  6. Describe how the extensive range of reproductive technologies from the cellular level to clinical application impact family building.
  7. Explain the latest scientific advances in embryo biology and assessment to the optimization of embryo transfer.

ACGME Competencies

  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Patient Care
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based Practice

Interprofessional Competencies

  • Values/ethics for interprofessional practice
  • Roles/responsibilities
  • Interprofessional communication
  • Teams and teamwork