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Fellow Education Day 2019

Fellow Education Day: Course Description

The Oncofertility Consortium addresses the complex health care and quality-of-life issues that concern young cancer patients whose fertility may be threatened by their disease or its treatment. Providing comprehensive oncofertility services for cancer patients across their reproductive lifespan requires an interdisciplinary team of urologists, reproductive endocrinologists and oncologists. The purpose of the course is to educate fellows on fertility preservation and survivorship care for cancer patients across the reproductive life cycle. The course will also model a team approach to fertility preservation care.

This year, thanks to funding from the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI),  the Oncofertility Consortium has secured funding for five REI fellows to attend Fellow Education Day at the Oncofertility Conference. Thank you to SREI for their continued commitment to the next generation of clinical leaders.


8:00-8:15am Introduction to Course and Learning Teams Course Directors
8:15-9:00am Fertility Preservation in the Male James Smith, MD, MS- Urologist and Director of Male Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco
9:05-9:15am Introduction to Team Based Learning Course Directors
9:20-10:20am Team based learning: Adult male and early reproductive female Divya Shah, MD, MME- Reproductive Endocrinologist, University of Pennsylvania and Wendy Vitek, MD- Reproductive Endocrinologist and Director of Fertility Preservation, University of Rochester
10:25-11:10am Fertility preservation in breast cancer patients: issues of timing Jacqueline Jeruss, MD, PhD- Surgical Oncologist and Director, Breast Cancer Care, University of Michigan
11:15-12:15pm Lunch
12:20-1:05pm Practical aspects of ovarian tissue cryopreservation in the pediatric population Leslie Appiah, MD- Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologist and Director of Oncofertility, Ohio State University/James Cancer Center
1:10-1:55pm Team based learning: Late reproductive and pre- pubertal female Divya Shah, MD, MME- Reproductive Endocrinologist, University of Pennsylvania and Wendy Vitek, MD- Reproductive Endocrinologist and Director of Fertility Preservation, University of Rochester
2:00-3:00pm Oncofertility State of the Union: advances from the past 5 years and projections for the next 5 years Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD- Director, Oncofertility Consortium, Chief, Division of Fertility Preservation, Northwestern University

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe currently available options for female and male fertility preservation including recent advances in embryo, oocyte, ovarian tissue, sperm, and testicular tissue cryopreservation.
  2. Formulate individualized treatment plans for patients throughout the reproductive spectrum who are interested in undergoing fertility preservation through cross-discipline collaboration.
  3. Appreciate the interdisciplinary approach necessary to achieve effective fertility preservation and survivorship care.

Target Audience

This course is primarily targeted towards first and second year fellows in the specialties of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Andrology and Male Infertility, as well as Pediatric and Adult Hematology/Oncology. Residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, or Internal Medicine with a particular interest in oncofertility are also welcome to attend.

Intended Outcomes

Fellows attending this course should leave with a more comprehensive understanding of current options for fertility preservation and survivorship care as well as a working knowledge of how to counsel male and female patients at varying points in the reproductive life cycle.

Course Structure

The course will be comprised of didactic lectures given by leaders in the field interspersed with complex clinical cases that will be reviewed in interdisciplinary teams. Participants will be provided supplementary materials for review prior to course attendance in order to facilitate an interactive “flipped classroom” approach to team based learning.

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