Clinical Embryology & Andrology Program Mission & Goals
The mission of the Clinical Embryology and Andrology Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School is to provide an educational program dedicated to academic excellence that provides the essential knowledge and skills to produce competent clinical embryologists and andrologists.
The M.S. in Biomedical Sciences—Clinical Embryology and Andrology Program is designed for clinical embryologists, andrologists, physicians, and others involved in the practice of ART. The program goal is to provide multidisciplinary graduate level education and training in current technology to meet the ever changing demands in clinical and research aspects of assisted reproductive medicine embryology and andrology. This program was designed to create a bridge between clinical, laboratory and molecular reproductive medicine and the basic sciences as well as evaluate skills and offer training in basic and advance techniques.
To accomplish the program goals, the program has established the following objectives:
- Understand the relevance and application of advances in biochemistry, cell biology and genetics as they apply to ART
- Learn the reproductive endocrinologists, embryologists and andrologists perspectives for diagnosis and treatment of infertility
- Apply best practices in clinical embryology and andrology laboratory, and reproductive medicine research
- Prepare and adapt for new technologies as well as new regulatory guidelines
- Strengthen skills in critical reading and interpreting the research literature
- Develop independent synthesis, analysis, and study design skills through writing a thesis
- Anticipate future laboratory and personnel requirements
- Understand biomedical ethical as well as legal principles and patient privacy issues as they relate to clinical IVF and medical research
- Master basic hands on skills in embryology and andrology
Students are required to attend two 5-day Residential Courses at the EVMS campus in Norfolk Virginia. In the first year it is at the end of the summer session the last week in July. In the second year it is held during the last week of May.