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Certificate in Clinical Embryology

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Module 1-3 are now live at www.embryologycertificate.com.

  • Module 1, 2 and 3 are accredited by the Royal College of Pathologists

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. Modules 1-3 have been accredited by the Royal College of Pathologists.

Students do not need to register for the full course as each module can be taken individually, with or without an exam.

For the full certificate, suitable candidates are those working as a clinical embryologist with a BSc degree or equivalent. The application form and full syllabus is available at www.embryologycertificate.com. If you are not working in an IVF laboratory, 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.

Individual modules can be taken by anyone, with or without the exam.

Delivery of modules and exams


All modules and exams are delivered online. The exit exam will take place in a number of global locations.

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.

  • Module 1, 2 and 3 are accredited by the Royal College of Pathologists
  1. The Laboratory – from gamete to embryo

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

    1. Intro to the module: Joyce Harper.
    2. Principles of cryopreservation: Barry Fuller .
    3. Sperm freezing: Steven Fleming.
    4. Embryo cryopreservation: Laura Rienzi.
    5. Oocyte cryopreservation: Ana Cobo .
    6. Ovarian tissue cryopreservation: Richard Anderson.
    7. The frozen-thaw cycle: Wael Saab.
    8. Should we be doing freeze all cycles? Abha Maheshwari.
  3. Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) and prenatal diagnosis

    1. Introduction to the module: Joyce Harper.
    2. An introduction to genetics and inherited disease: Joyce Harper.
    3. Chromosome abnormalities: Joyce Harper.
    4. Genetics of infertility: Darren Griffin.
    5. Introduction to PGT: Joyce Harper.
    6. Polar body, cleavage stage and blastocyst biopsy for PGT: Alpesh Doshi.
    7. Genetic diagnosis for PGT: Alan Handyside.
    8. PGT-A Roy Naga.
    9. Non-invasive prenatal diagnosis: Ageliki Gerovassili.
    10. Prenatal diagnosis: Sarah Hillman.
    11. Genetic counselling: Karen Sage.
    12. Discussion of ethical issues: Joyce Harper.
  4. Lab design, quality assessment and trouble shooting

    1. Introduction to the module: Joyce Harper.
    2. Laboratory design and construction: Stephen Harbottle.
    3. Air quality in the IVF lab: VOCs monitoring: Ragaa Mansour.
    4. How to decide which equipment to buy for the lab.
    5. Managing a high throughput laboratory: Alpesh Doshi.
    6. Quality management in the IVF lab - Basak Balaban.
    7. How to ensure a stable culture system – Jason Swain.
    8. Monitoring your performance and KPIs: Dean Morbeck.
    9. Internal auditing of the IVF lab: Ronny Janssens.
    10. Trouble shooting in the IVF lab due to environmental concerns: Antonia Gilligan.
  5. Clinical aspects of IVF

    1. Introduction to the module.
    2. Causes of male infertility.
    3. Clinical andrology.
    4. Causes of female infertility and investigations.
    5. Clinical aspects of infertility treatments.
    6. Drug regimes in ART.
    7. Monitoring an IVF cycle.
    8. The failed cycle.
    9. Implications of culture and ART technology on embryo or child development.
  6. New technology and ethics of reproductive medicine

    1. Introduction to the module.
    2. Analysis of new technology for embryo selection.
    3. Automation in the IVF laboratory.
    4. In vitro maturation.
    5. Embryo culture system: what will be next.
    6. Nuclear transfer techniques .
    7. Mitochondrial replacement techniques.
    8. Genome editing.
    9. Cross border reproductive care.
    10. Using donor eggs and sperm – what needs to be considered.
    11. The global surrogacy market.
  7. Gametogenesis and preimplantation development

    1. Introduction to the module.
    2. Anatomy of the female and male reproductive tract and meiosis.
    3. Oogenesis.
    4. Spermatogenesis.
    5. Fertilisation.
    6. Preimplantation development.
    7. Factors affecting preimplantation development.
    8. Implantation.
  8. Reproductive health

    1. Introduction to the module.
    2. Puberty and the menstrual cycle.
    3. Female disorders.
    4. Sexually transmitted infections.
    5. Contraception.
    6. Menopause.
    7. Female cancers.
    8. Global issues of reproductive health and infertility.
    9. Preconception care.
    10. The normal pregnancy.
    11. Monitoring pregnancy.
    12. Miscarriage and termination.
    13. Delivery – normal and abnormal.
    14. 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 faculty for each module can be found at www.embryologycertificate.com

Application

To apply – please visit www.embryologycertificate.com and complete the 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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