Program Standing

The program in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility is recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for sub-specialty training for accreditation, without certification.

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Applicants must expect to have fulfilled all requirements of specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as set down by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (or the equivalent as judged by the selection committee). This must be completed prior to entry into the REI program.

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The training program is designed to fulfill the specific requirements and guidelines for accreditation of residency programs in gynecological Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.  In addition, the training program provides comprehensive clinical and research training for general Obstetrician/Gynecologists planning an academic career in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.  The expected roles of the trainee as a Medical Expert/Clinical Decision-Maker, Communicator, Manager, Health Advocate, Scholar and Professional will be evaluated and integrated with the objectives of the training program.

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The program consists of two years devoted to Gynecological  Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility broken down as follows:

  • a nine-month block in which the trainee will develop proficiency in the techniques and administration of assisted reproductive technologies including ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, pelvic ultrasonography for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.
  • a three-month block during which the trainee will participate in minimally invasive surgical procedures for the assistance of reproductive care with particular attention to diagnostic laparoscopy, operative laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, microsurgical training for the management of oviductal pathology, operative hysteroscopy for congenital abnormalities, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, and common gynecological pathologies resulting in dysfunctional uterine bleeding.
  • a three-month rotation devoted to exposure for advanced knowledge with regards to general practice of endocrinology with particular reference to pituitary thyroid and adrenal disease;  exposure to advanced knowledge and management of male infertility and andrology; exposure to advance knowledge and management of pediatric endocrinology and Gynaecology.
  • six months will be devoted to investigative projects related to reproductive endocrinology and infertility either basic and/or clinical.
  • if the trainee wishes, a Master's Degree in Clinical Epidemiology may be integrated into the training program; as well consideration would be paid to allowing fellows to pursue advanced degrees in basic science.  However, for successful completion, an extension of the duration of training will likely be needed.

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Recognition at Completion

The training program in Gynecological Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Western University is a program that is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, currently approved as Accreditation without Certification (AWC).  For individuals who successfully complete the current AWC program there will be individual recognition at the Royal College, and registry will be maintained of those individuals.  The Royal College recognition and registry of added competence, however, will be obtained only for individuals who have Royal College specialty certification in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Canada.  The recognition will otherwise be granted by the University of Western Ontario.

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Applications may be directed to:

Program in Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology c/o Dr. J. Hollett-Caines
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
London Health Sciences Centre-Victoria Hospital, E3-637
London, Ontario, Canada,
N6A 4V2


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