About the Clinical Embryology & Andrology Program
Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), through its prestigious Howard and Georgeanna Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, is a pioneer in assisted reproductive technology (ART). In 1981, the first in vitro fertilization baby in the USA was born through the efforts of the Jones Institute. The Jones Institute is widely acknowledged to be an international leader in clinical and scientific research in ART, and has trained many prominent physicians and scientists.
Today's embryologists and andrologist require a foundation for lifelong learning to:
- 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
Through the convenience of the Internet, EVMS now provides online education that meets current and projected training needs in this rapidly evolving field.
With faculty leadership from the Jones Institute, EVMS launched and Internet-based graduate program in Clinical Embryology and Andrology in May 2003.