The majority of the clinical activities during the fellowship take place at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services (CARS).
The program has a very active clinical service that presents excellent opportunities for fellowship training. Each year there are approximately 1300 new patient visits and 200+ surgical procedures performed. There are approximately 950 IVF retrievals yearly and 1300 IUI cycles.
We offer all reproductive services other than surrogacy. Due to such a large and diverse clinical population, the fellow is afforded the opportunity to initiate basic and advanced infertility evaluations as well as develop individualized treatment strategies.
The ART program is active in superovulation combined with intrauterine insemination, IVF/ICSI, cryopreservation (both embryos and oocytes), egg donation and preimplantation genetic diagnosis. In 2008, the program initiated an Oncofertility Program. This program offers options for fertility preservation including embryo, oocyte, and ovarian tissue cryopreservation to patients diagnosed with cancer who are soon to undergo treatment which may render them infertile. The program is a participating center in the national Oncofertility Consortium. The fellows are actively involved in all clinical aspects of the ART program. Examples include learning the intricacies of ovulation induction, vaginal probe ultrasonography, and ultrasound guided oocyte retrieval and transfer. Fellows also participate in ongoing clinical research. This has resulted in several first author publications and national conference presentations for our fellows. Typically the graduating fellow will present 5-6 abstracts at national meetings and publish 3-4 articles in peer reviewed journals.
There are several clinical activities outside of the REI division including rotations in pediatric endocrinology, medical endocrinology, male urology, genetics, and the osteoporosis center.
Fellows gain additional experience in advanced laparoscopy and robotics in working with our minimally invasive surgery division at UConn Health, under the direction of Dr. Danielle Luciano. Fellows gain competence in laparoscopic/robotic treatment of fibroids, advanced endometriosis, isthmocole, and other complex reproductive conditions.