The mission of the Reproductive Clinical Science master's 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 - Reproductive Clinical Science program is designed for clinical embryologists, andrologists, physicians and others involved in the practice of assisted reproductive technology. 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 reproductive endocrinologists', embryologists' and andrologists' perspectives for diagnosis and treatment of infertility
- Apply best practices in clinical embryology and andrology laboratory and in reproductive medicine research
- Prepare for and adapt to 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 ethics 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