Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

The Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship is a fast-paced program that exposes fellows to all aspects of this specialty. During the three-year program, trainees spend 50 percent of their time on clinical training and 50 percent on research. Fellows also supervise and instruct residents and medical students who rotate on the service. The fellowship follows all required guidelines and is certified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Clinical experience is obtained in many settings. The Vanderbilt Fellows' Clinic provides long-term, outpatient care for patients with disorders of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. The Clinic is run by first-year fellows as a “private practice”. Fellows provide thorough evaluations, and offer all necessary treatment options--such as transvaginal ultrasound, surgery, ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination, IVF and embryo transfer--and provide long-term follow-up. Fellows also rotate through the endocrine clinics in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics and spend time in male infertility with our Urology colleagues.

Fellows are also active members of the Assisted Reproductive team (ART). Beginning in their first year, fellows actively participate in the full range of activities, including sonography, intrauterine insemination and oocyte retrieval, under the supervision of the ART physicians. Fellows also perform embryo transfers for their patients from the Vanderbilt Clinic. Fellows are also familiarized with embryology and andrology procedures and are offered opportunities to do research in these settings. Fellows receive additional experience in transvaginal sonography by scanning all patients who are undergoing ovulation induction, both in the private Columbia University Fertility Center office and the Vanderbilt Fellows' Clinic.

Upon completion of fellowship, our graduates have superb clinical and research skills and are prepared for a variety of career options.