The formal, didactic education of the fellows occurs during all three years of training and contributes approximately seven hours each week to their educational program. Fellow attendance at these sessions is mandatory. Teaching conferences provide formal instruction in the basic science and clinical aspects of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. A quarterly Distinguished Lecturer Series in Reproductive Endocrinology allows fellows and faculty to interact with leading authorities in the field from across the country.
The first year provides an extensive, supervised experience in the full range of clinical problems in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, including menopause, infertility, and reproductive endocrine. The first six months are spent learning both the clinical and laboratory skills of assisted reproduction. During this time, the early development of a basic science research project is undertaken, which will lead to a thesis.
Second-year fellows continue to participate in all conferences and structured educational activities of the division. The second six months of the second year are devoted to research.
Fellows are 100 percent devoted to research in their third year.
Conferences & Didactic Sessions
Morbidity and Mortality Conference
Thursday is the academic day for the entire Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at CUMC. The day begins with the Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conference, in which interesting cases from each service are presented by members of the house staff and are followed by lively and thoughtful discussion from the faculty and other members of the department.
Weekly Grand Rounds follow the M&M conference and feature presentations from within our faculty as well as many distinguished visiting guest speakers. Each second-year fellow is also required to give one Grand Rounds presentation each year, and these talks are often the highlight of the morning session.
Fellow Lecture Series
A core Fellow Lecture Series supplements the experience gained on clinical rotations to round out the comprehensive post-graduate curriculum.