What Are The Different Training Courses For IVF Specialists?
Infertility is a common condition experienced in various people due to various factors. A couple who is infertile will go to a fertility specialist to experience the joy of parenthood and have a child of their own. Hence, there is a great demand for IVF specialists all over and doing a course in this field proves to be very successful as well as gains you a reputable position. There are various individual and combined training courses, and diplomas involved in this field which specialists can choose their course as per their interest. Here are some of the main courses related to IVF that are offered in almost all institutes.
Diploma in Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)
Assisted Reproductive Technologies, also known as Assisted Reproductive Treatment, is a treatment method that is implemented in helping the patient achieve pregnancy. A course in ART covers an array of treatments. The type of treatment required will be suggested depending on the cause of infertility. The fields of study in ART include:
Ovulation Induction (OI)
Artificial Insemination (AI)
In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT)
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT)
Andrology is the study of men’s reproductive health. The main objective of this course is to get a knowledge of basic science, laboratory and clinical aspects along with the challenges faced in them. There are various segments involved in the course, and they are as follows.
Semen Analysis and its importance
Scope of Andrology services in Infertility Practice
Basic Laboratory Skills in Andrology Lab
Setting up Andrology Lab
How to choose the right equipment
Choosing the right consumables and labware
Prerequisites for Semen analysis
Optimal handling of samples
Difficulties in sample collection
Standardizing semen analysis challenges
Semen analysis tips and tricks
Semen processing for IUI
Quality management in Andrology lab
A course in Basic Embryology aims to give a detailed study to the trainees of the pre-requisites and techniques or methods linked to ART. The trainees get to attend lectures, demonstrations, get a hands-on laboratory experience, as well as troubleshooting. By the end of the course, you will be able to have a good understanding of all the objects of IVF laboratory, along with the set-up and running of the lab, all the related procedures, and quality control or analysis, and maintenance to make sure that you get the highest success rates. Some of the methods taught in this course include sperm preparation, assessment, cryopreservation, and preparation for simulation protocols, oocyte retrieval, grading, and insemination, among others.
After completion of the Basic Embryology course, you can also pursue a course in Advanced Embryology. This course offers a one-on-one training opportunity to the trainee and increases your knowledge in all segments of IVF and ICSI. It also involves performing certain procedures to achieve extraordinary results and high success rate. You will learn about all the aspects of Embryology right from the basics, semen analysis, and conventional IVF to embryo transfer. You will also receive hands-on training on all the procedures and tests involved in the field.
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
ICSI is a course that is ideally suited for those with good experience in oocyte handling and IVF procedures. This course gives you in-depth knowledge and skill in handling and operating micromanipulation instruments. This course includes the following topics.
Basic instrumentation Inverted microscope and micromanipulator
Alignment of micromanipulator and loading of micro tools
Sperm preparations, PESA, MESA
Oocyte preparation for ICSI
Holding of denuded oocytes & performing ICSI
Denudation of oocyte cumulus complex
Research instrument (RI) micromanipulation workstation
Vitrification or Advanced Cryopreservation Program
A course in Vitrification gives you a detailed knowledge in the purview of both theories as well as practical of Cryopreservation of sperm, embryos, and oocytes. This course exclusively deals with freezing procedures, instruments, and protocols associated with sperm, embryos, oocytes, and blastocysts. It involves hands-on sessions, documentation, the study of tips and tricks, troubleshooting, among others. Some of the topics covered in this course are:
Fundamentals of Cryopreservation
Usage of different types of Cryo-media
Freezers & their functioning
Sperm and embryo cryopreservation methods and limitations
Vitrification concept, development, methods and limitations
Cryopreservation, isolation, protocol
Vitrification and Thaw of embryo and blastocyst
Post Graduation in Clinical Embryology
After the completion of graduate courses and other training courses, you can also pursue Post Graduation in Clinical Embryology. Some of the core concepts included in this course are:
Gamete and Embryo Cryopreservation
Laser Hatching and Biopsy
Setting up a Lab