ACTIVITY TITLE: Andrology Certificate Course
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENT
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 18.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has been approved to provide Professional Enrichment Education Renewal (PEER) credit through the American Board of Bioanalysis. A maximum of 1.8 PEER CEUs will be recognized for this activity; program no. 22715.
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Reviewed and Updated in 2015
Reviewed and Updated in 2018
Expiration Date: October 1, 2021
Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 18.0 hours
NEEDS ASSESSMENT and IDENTIFICATION OF PRACTICE GAP
Male factors are often the cause of a couple's failure to conceive. The treatment of male factor infertility involves a collaborative effort between urologists, reproductive endocrinologists, laboratory personnel, reproductive biologists, and nurses.
Discussion and evidence about male infertility treatments can be found not only in the scientific literature, but in the popular press and on the Internet as well. New technologies with implications for the treatment of male infertility are being developed and advancing rapidly. It is important, therefore, that clinicians, laboratory scientists and allied health professionals are aware of the basic evaluation and treatment, as well as progress in technology that may have an impact on treatments for male infertility now or in the future. This area has been identified as a physician practice gap for reproductive care physicians based on recent competence assessments by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
The Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU) and the Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologists (SRBT) have established a collaboration for an online Andrology Certificate Course. This online course will provide an easily accessible and detailed content in the field of basic and advanced clinical andrology. This course will provide a common knowledge set appropriate for the broad range of health care professionals involved in the treatment of the infertile male, provide training in the assessment of parameters of male reproductive function, and assist clinicians in identifying strategies for the treatment of male infertility.
1. American Society for Reproductive Medicine. 2011 Postgraduate Program Competence Assessment
2. Male Infertility Best Practice Policy Committee of the American Urological Association; Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Report on optimal evaluation of the infertile male. Fertil Steril. 2006 Nov;86(5 Suppl 1):S202-9.
At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Review the physiology and pathophysiology of male reproductive function.
- Describe the key elements of the male factor evaluation.
- Identify basic and advanced testing of reproductive function.
- Assess appropriate surgical and nonsurgical treatments for male infertility.
- Analyze present strategies for fertility preservation.
A. CAUSES OF MALE INFERTILITY
Lesson 1. Male Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology
Lesson 2. Aging as Related to Male Infertility
Lesson 3. Endocrine Causes of Male Infertility
Lesson 4. Environmental Exposures and Male Infertility
Lesson 5. Infectious and Inflammatory Causes of Male Infertility
Lesson 6. Genetic Causes of Male Infertility
Lesson 7. Cancer and Male Fertility
B. CLINICAL INVESTIGATION OF THE INFERTILE MAN
Lesson 8. Imaging of the Subfertile Male
Lesson 9. Testis Biopsy
Lesson 10. Clinical Algorithms: The Azoospermic Male
Lesson 11. Clinical Algorithms: The Oligozoospermic Male
C. MEDICAL and SURGICAL TREATMENTS for MALE INFERTILITY
Lesson 12. Specific and Empiric Medical Therapies
Lesson 13. Varicocele Repair
Lesson 14. Vasectomy Reversal
Lesson 15. Methods for Sperm Retrieval: Obstructive and Ejaculatory Duct Obstruction
Lesson 16. Methods for Sperm Retrieval: Non-Obstructive
Lesson 17. Fertility Preservation Strategies for the Infertile Man
Lesson 18. Patient Selection for Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
Lesson 19. Spinal Cord Injury and Male Infertility
D. ANDROLOGY LABORATORY
Lesson 20. Personnel and Equipment
Lesson 21. Quality Control and Regulatory Compliance
Lesson 22. Semen Collection
Lesson 23. Basic Semen Analysis
Lesson 24. Advanced Semen Analysis
Lesson 25. Intrauterine Insemination
Lesson 26. The ICSI Procedure
Lesson 27. Treatment of HIV-Positive Males
Lesson 28. Sperm Cryopreservation Methodology
This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of new and experienced clinicians, laboratory scientists and allied health professionals with an interest in the evaluation and treatment of the infertile male.
SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS
Successful completion of this educational activity requires the learner to:
· View a course overview page, containing all CME and disclosure information, including acknowledgement of commercial support and disclosure of unlabeled use, prior to the start of each module.
· Complete a 10-question pre-exam prior to each module. Learners should note any pre-exam questions answered incorrectly for clarification during module study.
· Be given the option of downloading a printed syllabus containing the presentation and narrative.
· Participate in the interactive activity: Audio narration is synchronized with PowerPoint presentation that can be advanced, stopped or reversed as desired.
· Complete a post-exam at the end of each module with feedback of correct/incorrect answers, scoring a minimum of 70% in two attempts.
· Complete the evaluation survey.
· Print certificate of completion.
DISCLOSURES FOR PLANNERS AND FACULTY
Edward D. Kim, MD –Speaker’s Bureau: Astellas, Auxilium; Consultant: Repros
Amy K. Sparks, PhD – Nothing to Disclose
Robert W. Rebar, MD – Nothing to Disclose
Andrew R. La Barbera, PhD, HCLD – Nothing to Disclose
Nancy A. Bowers, BSN, RN, MPH – Nothing to Disclose
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