Mission & Goals: PhD in Reproductive Clinical Science: Embryology/Andrology

Program Mission:

The mission of the PhD program in Reproductive Clinical Science specializing in Embryology and Andrology at EVMS and the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine is to provide excellent graduate education in the preparation of individuals who will direct and manage reproductive laboratories and conduct independent research. 

Program Goals:

  • Provide a broad base of graduate education in foundational sciences: comparative reproductive anatomy and physiology, developmental biology, toxicology and infertility, molecular biology, advanced statistics and experimental design.  
  • Establish a focused knowledge base and competencies using evidence-based practices in the reproductive clinical sciences: embryology, andrology, endocrinology and cryobiology laboratories. 
  • Promote the development of independent research skills, (study design and analysis) as well as quality control skills (design and analysis) which will lead to the development of clear, concise, and answerable research or quality improvement questions.
  • Foster a positive and collaborative team attitude toward patient care including: patient/gamete management, privacy issues, patient safety and ethical/legal concerns for the clinic and patient.

Program Objectives:

  • Evaluate advances in molecular biology, comparative reproductive anatomy and physiology, developmental biology, laboratory management as they apply to the clinical reproductive sciences
  • Direct and manage all aspect of clinical reproductive sciences laboratories: in vitro fertilization (IVF), andrology, endocrinology and gamete cryobanking laboratories
  • Critically evaluate and interpret the current literature as well as federal regulations.
  • Develop and implement laboratory processes and procedures to ensure best clinical lab practices, outcomes and compliance.
  • Establish and maintain protocol records and data for practice performance quality control and continuous quality improvement as well as for laboratory inspection and accreditation with state and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Design, implement and evaluate laboratory research and practice improvement projects through the development of a dissertation research project.
  • Create educational and training procedures for clinical staff, physicians and laboratory technicians regarding current methods of assisted reproductive laboratory technologies.
  • As a member of an interprofessional clinical team evaluate ethical and legal aspects of ART; design procedures, protocols to address clinic and patient-related concerns: privacy, safety, and proper legal guidelines.