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Certificate in Clinical Embryology

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  • Faculty
  • Application and fees
  • Collaborators

Module 1 is now live at www.embryologycertificate.com.

Aims

The Embryology and PGD Academy are very pleased to announce the launch of our distance learning programme for clinical embryologist. We have developed a unique 2 year training programme that will provide the fundamental scientific background essential for embryologists through 8 modules, an exit exam, and a log book for in-house supervision of the practical aspects of clinical embryology. The programme will be delivered by distance learning and there will be a multiple-choice exam after each module which will take place in various countries so the candidates do not need to travel to England. Accreditation has been applied for.

Students do not need to register for the full course as each module can be taken individually.

Suitable candidates are those working as a clinical embryologist with a BSc degree or equivalent. The application form and full syllabus is available at
If you are not working in an IVF laboratory at the moment, you can take the taught modules and the exit exam without the log book. Your certificate will state that you have passed the taught component of the certificate in clinical embryology.


Audience

Clinical embryologists working in an IVF laboratory with a BSc degree or equivalent. There are two ways to do the certificate. The full certificate is only available to those working in an IVF laboratory as this includes passing the eight taught modules, the exit exam and submitting a log book of IVF procedures that you will have to complete and have signed off by your supervisor. But if you are not working in an IVF laboratory at the moment, you can take the taught modules and the exit exam without the log book. Your certificate will states that you have passed the taught component of the certificate in clinical embryology.

Delivery of modules and exams

The advanced programme will consist of both online and in house learning, and is ideal for those already working in an IVF laboratory. Students need to complete the modules in order. Students will not need to leave their clinics except for exams which will be available at a number of global locations – but for the first year, exams will take place in Egypt and India. Then carry on with the remaining text.

Location of exams

The certificate is open to anyone in any country. The exams will take place in various global locations which we will develop depending on the demographics of the students. We have many global partners and we hope that you will not have to leave your country to take the exam.

Start date

Module 1 is open and the other modules will open over the next few months. The modules will run continously.

Syllabus

The programme is made up of 8 modules which will be delivered by online videos. The preliminary syllabus (subject to change) is listed here.


  1. The Laboratory – from gamete to embryo

    •   Introduction to the module:  Joyce Harper
    •   The history of events leading to the birth of the worlds first IVF babies: Kay Elder
    •   Introduction to laboratory equipment and staff: Xavier Viñals Gonzalez
    •   Culture media – development and composition: Joyce Harper
    • Culture media:  sequential and single step – what embryologist should consider:  Kiri Beilby
    •   Semen assessment:  Steven Fleming
    •   Preparing sperm for ART: Alpesh Doshi
    •   Laboratory aspects of IVF:  Xavier Viñals Gonzalez
    •   Laboratory aspects of ICSI: Rachel Cutting
    •   The embryologist role in the egg collection: Alpesh Doshi
    •   How to do the PN check: Mara Simopoulou
    •   Blastocyst culture; advantages and disadvantages and in which patients?  Catherine Racowsky
    •   Embryo selection and scoring: Kay Elder
    •   Laboratory aspects of the embryo transfer procedure:  Alpesh Doshi
    • How should we bring new technology into the IVF lab - a discussion of the adjuncts: Joyce Harper
    •   Assisted Hatching: Glora Calderon
    •   Introduction to time lapse:  Walid Maalouf
    •   Model building with time lapse technology: Cristina Hickman
  2. Oocyte, sperm and embryo cryopreservation 

    •   Intro to the module: Joyce Harper
    •   Principles of cryopreservation: Barry Fuller
    •   Sperm freezing:  Steven Fleming
    •   Embryo cryopreservation: Laura Rienzi
    • Oocyte cryopreservation:  Ana Cobo
    •   Ovarian tissue cryopreservation: Richard Anderson
    •   The frozen-thaw cycle:  Wael Saab (TBC)
    •   Should we be doing freeze all cycles?  Abha Maheshwari
  3.  

    Lab design, quality assessment and trouble shooting

    •   Introduction to the module: Alpesh Doshi
    •   Laboratory design and construction
    •   Air quality in the IVF lab: VOCs monitoring
    •   How to decide which equipment to buy for the lab
    • Managing a high throughput laboratory
    •   Quality management in the IVF lab
    •   How to ensure a stable culture system
    •   Monitoring your performance and KPIs:  Alpesh Doshi
    •   Internal auditing of the IVF lab: Ronny Janssens
    • Trouble shooting in the IVF lab
    • Managing infections in an IVF lab
    • IVF regulation and legislation
  4. Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) and prenatal diagnosis

    • Introduction to the module:  Joyce Harper
    •   An introduction to genetics and inherited disease:  Joyce Harper
    •   Chromosome abnormalities: Joyce Harper
    •   Genetics of infertility
    • Introduction to PGT: Joyce Harper
    •   Polar body, cleavage stage and blastocyst biopsy for PGT:  Alpesh Doshi
    •   Genetic diagnosis for PGT:  Alan Thornhill
    •   PGT-A
    •   Things for the embryologist to consider when interpreting PGT results
    •   Non invasive prenatal diagnosis
    •   Prenatal diagnosis
    •   Genetic counselling
    •   Discussion of ethical issues: Joyce Harper
  5. Clinical aspects of IVF

    •   Introduction to the module:  Alpesh Doshi
    •   Causes of male infertility
    •   Clinical andrology
    •   Female reproductive endocrinology/superovulation strategies
    • Causes of female infertility and investigations        
    •   Clinical aspects of infertility treatments         
    •   Getting the patient ready
    •   Drug regimes in ART
    •   Monitoring an IVF cycle
    •   The failed cycle
    •   Implications of culture and ART technology on embryo or child development: Daniel Brison
  6. New technology and ethics of reproductive medicine

    •   Introduction to the module: Joyce Harper
    •   Analysis of new technology for embryo selection: Joyce Harper
    •   Automation in the IVF laboratory: Laura Rienzi
    •   In vitro maturation
    • Embryo culture system: what will be next: Daniel Brison
    •   Nuclear transfer techniques
    •   Mitochondrial replacement techniques: Helen O’Neill
    •   Genome editing: Helen O’Neill
    •   Cross border reproductive care
    •   Using donor eggs and sperm – what needs to be considered
    • The global surrogacy market
  7. Gametogenesis and preimplantation development

    •   Introduction to the module: Joyce Harper
    •   Anatomy of the female and male reproductive tract and meiosis: Joyce Harper
    • Oogenesis
    • Spermatogenesis
    •   Fertilisation: Joyce Harper
    •   Preimplantation development: Joyce Harper
    •   Factors affecting preimplantation development: Joyce Harper
    •   Implantation
    •   Reproductive immunology
  8. Reproductive health

    •   Introduction to the module: Joyce Harper
    • Puberty and the menstrual cycle: Joyce Harper
    •   Female disorders
    •   Sexually transmitted infections
    •   Contraception
    •   Menopause: Joyce Harper
    •   Female cancers
    •   Global issues of reproductive health and infertility: Joyce Harper
    •   Preconception care
    •   The normal pregnancy
    •   Monitoring pregnancy
    •   Miscarriage and termination
    •   Delivery – normal and abnormal
    •  Ethical considerations including global maternal mortality

Exit Exam

The exit exam includes submission and feedback of a 3000 word essay, a practical exam, approval of the log book and an oral exam. The exit exam can only be taken when the student has passed all eight modules.

Faculty

The programme has been developed by a team who have almost 90 years experience in embryology education:


  • Joyce Harper

  • Kay Elder

  • Alpesh Doshi


The faculty for module 1 are:


  • Kiri Beilby

  • Walid Maalouf

  • Gloria Calderón

  • Mara Simopoulou

  • Christina Hickman

  • Steve Fleming

  • Rachel Cutting

  • Catherine Racowsky

  • Xavier Viñals Gonzalez

Application

To apply – please download the application form and send to ivf.pgd.academy@gmail.com.


Download the Application Form

Application Form

Fees

Each module costs £250 which includes the distance learning videos of the lectures, online tutorials with teachers and the exam. The exit exam costs £400 which includes submission and feedback of a 3000 word essay, practical exam, approval of the log book and an oral exam. Students pay for each module as they take it. The exit exam can only be taken when the student has passed all eight modules.

Collaborators







Application

To apply – please download the application form and send to ivf.pgd.academy@gmail.com.


Download the Application Form

Application Form

Fees

Each module costs £250 which includes the distance learning videos of the lectures, online tutorials with teachers and the exam. The exit exam costs £400 which includes submission and feedback of a 3000 word essay, practical exam, approval of the log book and an oral exam. Students pay for each module as they take it. The exit exam can only be taken when the student has passed all eight modules.



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