Needs Assessment & Description
The theme of the 2014 meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine is “Surfing the Waves of Change,” which is appropriate not just for the venue in Hawaii, but also for the profound changes that are now happening in reproductive medicine. Although encountering many challenges, reproductive medicine has many exciting new opportunities for development. Both the challenges and opportunities will be addressed by the wide array of educational activities of the 2014 Scientific Program. The program is balanced among the various healthcare professions because all members of the healthcare team must work together to provide innovative and optimal reproductive care of patients. This includes physicians, nurses, andrology and IVF laboratory personnel, genetic counselors, social workers, practice and laboratory managers, as well as specialists in mental health, law, and ethics. However, the primary goal of the meeting is to advance exemplary medical care for both males and females and cutting edge research. The educational program at this year’s meeting in Honolulu will address these needs.
The Scientific Program will include a series of plenary lectures, symposia, interactive sessions, and roundtable luncheons. An interweaving theme of the Scientific Program will be to incorporate genetics into reproductive medicine since new methodologies have resulted in an explosion of new genomic capabilities for our patients in genetic diagnosis and preimplantation genetic screening. Plenary lectures will feature outstanding speakers covering the topics of sperm cell biology, surgery, reproductive genetic disorders, bariatric surgery, endometriosis, and relevant methods of genomic medicine. The symposia will provide a more in-depth coverage of basic and clinical topics. Included in our diverse array of areas are several two-part symposia--Oncofertility (I and II) and Fertility Preservation (I and II) so that both male and female considerations will be covered in detail. Relevant genetic implications will also be discussed in these contexts. We will also learn about randomized, evidence-based infertility trials from the perspective of US, European, and Asian investigators. The interactive sessions cover a wide range of controversial topics and are meant to be a forum for discussion and interaction. This year, they will take one of several different formats to ensure a truly interactive process. The always popular roundtable luncheons provide participants in-depth discussion with an expert in a small group setting. Lastly, oral and poster presentations will provide investigators the opportunity to present cutting-edge scientific research. Attending interesting oral abstracts and discussing shared interests at a poster session are always valuable for learning and potential collaborations. The 2014 Annual Meeting Scientific Program will be a tremendous educational opportunity to combine reproductive medicine with an extraordinarily beautiful meeting site.
At the conclusion of the postgraduate and scientific programs, participants should be able to:
- Discuss the relevance of genetics and genomics with our reproductive medicine patients.
- Summarize the latest scientific advances in the biology of hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, gamete and embryo development, endometriosis, fibroids, stem cells, and polycystic ovary syndrome.
- Describe optimal methods for producing, culturing, assessing, selecting, and cryopreserving human embryos and oocytes.
- Discuss evidence-based treatment of male and female reproductive disorders, including the role of surgery
- Discuss complete infertility management including ethical, legal, and psychosocial aspects.
- Discuss treatment of reproductive options and dysfunction for females and males at different ages throughout life—childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and reproductive senescence
- Discuss the effect of cancer and its treatment upon reproduction.