UC San Diego School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education
(858) 534-3940 | ocme@ucsd.edu | cme.ucsd.edu

Please join us for our second year at the historic Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island in San Diego, California on July 16-19, 2017, as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer: A Comprehensive Update.

This course addresses the needs of practicing scientists, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, residents, and fellows who wish to expand their knowledge in this rapidly changing field by bringing together an internationally renowned faculty to present the latest developments in every phase of in vitro fertilization and embryo management. At the same time, the course will cover all basic procedures and clinical and laboratory challenges in a comprehensive manner for fellows, nurses and practitioners establishing their practices. Cutting edge research will be presented such as the use of stem cells and other techniques being developed for men and women suffering from gamete depletion.

The conference setting promotes extensive contact among speakers and participants with question periods, panels, and many opportunities for informal interaction. A mobile app will be utilized to access the material being presented and an audience response system will be used to promote interaction with the speakers.

Particular attention will be devoted this year to the rapidly developing trend toward deferred embryo transfer, the role of mild ovarian stimulation, new testing for endometrial receptivity, oocyte and embryo cryopreservation, time lapse imaging of early embryo development, the critical role of embryo energy supplies, mitochondrial DNA as a biomarker for embryo competence, the role of CoQ10 in improving mitochondrial function in aging women, practical aspects of ultrasound-guided transfer technique, and next generation techniques for PGS. A laboratory mini-symposium directed by Dr. William B. Schoolcraft will cover comprehensive chromosome screening challenges, newer techniques to assess endometrial receptivity, time-lapse assessment of embryos versus routine blastocyst culture, molecular assessments of sperm, oocyte freezing, and a diagnostic role for RNAs. An alternate mini-symposium will be given in Spanish by our speakers who currently work in Spanish-speaking nations.

Target Audience

The target audience for this initiative includes physicians, fellows, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, embryologists and other allied health professionals in the field of IVF.


At the completion of the course participants should be able to:

  • Describe standard, successful methods of each aspect of the clinical practice of assisted reproductive technology and in particular the very significant advantages of deferred embryo transfer, made possible through vitrification; alternatives to full stimulation; prevention of OHSS; the role of lifestyle issues in the male and female; time-lapse monitoring; aging of the oocyte; ovarian tissue and oocyte cryopreservation; newer techniques for comprehensive chromosome screening; optimal hormone replacement for embryo transfer; and critical aspects of embryo transfer technique.
  • Discuss aspects of embryo culture and embryo management to achieve optimal results with IVF.
  • Identify novel methods for assessment of endometrial receptivity, current techniques and challenges with comprehensive chromosome screening, options for fertility preservation for the woman with cancer, and immunologic aspects of implantation.

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