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

This year marks the 40th anniversary of IVF! The program brings together an internationally-renowned faculty to present the latest developments in every phase of in vitro fertilization and embryo management. The course addresses the needs of practicing scientists, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, residents, and fellows who wish to review the specialty and update their knowledge in this rapidly changing and expanding field.

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, time lapse imaging of early embryo development, the critical role of embryo energy supplies, the measurement of mitochondrial DNA to assess embryo capacity, genetic evaluation of the infertile couple and early pregnancy, management of mosaic embryos, the role of CoQ10 in improving mitochondrial function in aging women, maternal immunogenetics, and practical aspects of transfer technique. There will be a lively debate on whether PGS is indispensable or too inaccurate for clinical use. 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.

Juan Carlos Izpisua, Belmonte, PhD (from the Salk Institute) will give the keynote lecture on the recent breakthrough reported this year in Nature on gene editing of human embryos.

Detailed program information will be available soon.

Register Online

Food & Beverage Included

Food & Beverage
Not Included

Physicians / Laboratory Directors


Technicians, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals






Residents and Fellows*




Printed Syllabus** (optional)


Mini-symposium on the IVF Laboratory (optional)



*Accompanied by confirmatory letter of status from department chief or training director

Special Needs: Advance notice of special needs and/or dietary restrictions is requested at least two (2) weeks prior to the activity start date. Contact Bermellyn Imamura at bimamura@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-4770 to submit your request.

green cmeThe 31st Annual In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer syllabus will be available by downloading the course's Mobile App (on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop/computer) 1-2 weeks prior to the course. Visit cme.ucsd.edu/app for download instructions and FAQs.

**Optional purchase of a printed syllabus is available for an additional $75. Your pre-ordered syllabus will be available when you check into the conference if purchased by July 20, 2018. Printed syllabi will not be available for purchase at the conference.

The course syllabus as well as any missing presentations will be available for download on the conference website approximately (1) one week after the conference.

UC San Diego Continuing Medical Education (CME) is committed to creating a healthy and sustainable environment.

Mail checks or money orders to:
UC San Diego School of Medicine
Continuing Medical Education
9500 Gilman Drive, MC0947
La Jolla, CA 92093-0947

Checks must be in US dollars and drawn on a US bank payable to UC REGENTS.

Wire Transfers
If you plan on processing a wire transfer to cover your registration fees, you will need to contact our CME Administrator, Carissa Aguayo, directly to start the process. She can be reach via email at caguayo@ucsd.edu or by phone at (858) 534-3940.

Cancellation Policy: ;The full course tuition is refundable, less $75 if your cancelation is received in writing, on or before July 16, 2018. No refunds will be allowed after this date.

In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, UC San Diego is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.

Location & Accommodations

Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
Phone: (619) 435-6611
Reservations: (800) 468-3533
Reservations • Hotel Information

A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the special discount rate of $369 (single/double). The Resort Charge of $30 will be waived if you book within our meeting group block. Discounted rates apply until the reservation deadline of Tuesday, June 26, 2018, or until all rooms in the group block have been reserved, whichever occurs first. Once the room block has been filled discounted group rates may not be available. We encourage you to make your reservation early. Please identify yourself as a participant of the UC San Diego 31st Annual In Vitro Fertilization meeting when making your reservation.

Please note: To receive the discounted group rate, lodging must be booked directly with the hotel by phone or by using the hotel's reservation portal.

By staying at the host hotel, you help UC San Diego meet its contractual obligations and keep registration fees reasonable. Please take this into consideration when making your accommodation decisions.

Parking: Discounted $15 daily self-parking is available (reduced from $39)

Location and Access: The Hotel Del Coronado is located just 9 miles or 15 easy minutes from the San Diego International Airport. The average cost of a taxi each way is $25. The Hotel has a transportation support service, which includes shuttle vans, mini vans, limousines, town cars and coaches. The hotel is 10 minutes from San Diego’s glittering skyline and downtown Gaslamp District. The coastal village of Coronado featuring shopping and restaurants is within a very easy stroll from the hotel as well.

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