The commonest forms of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) are in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and embryo transfer (ET). These techniques have revolutionised the field of reproduction and has attained a central importance in the treatment of infertility as well as its potential to answer fundamental questions in reproductive biology. Recent advances in biomedical knowledge of events in reproduction processes make it evident that there is a need to create permanent continuing education programmes for professionals in the field of human ART.
This is a lecture and laboratory-based course that exposes students to all the theoretical aspects of ART and hands on training, including embryo culture, oocyte retrieval, semen collection, sperm preparation for IVF and ICSI, fertilisation assessment and embryo grading, and embryo transfer, as well as basic evaluation and treatment during an IVF cycle and third-party reproduction.
This is an intensive 8 weeks course designed to enable participants acquire perquisite knowledge and skills in techniques associated with ART. Through a series of compulsory modules, the students will learn about:
On completion of all the modules in the course, participants will be able to:
This intensive course is open to participants from different countries around the world and is available exclusively to graduates in medicine, nursing and biomedical sciences (Biologists, Veterinarians, Pharmacists, Biochemists, Anatomy, Physiology, Molecular Biology, Embryologists and similar groups) wanting to develop skills in clinical embryology and have interest in understanding the mechanisms of fertility, causes of infertility and techniques used to combat it by means of assisted reproduction.
The course is delivered using a blended learning approach, which combines didactic online lectures, seminars, demonstrations, interactive group discussions, and presentations. Theoretical online training is complemented by hands-on laboratory training sessions (module 9) under the direct guidance of clinical embryologists and will be taught in a two-week residential workshop at the Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Centre, Kampala. The main focus of the intensive 2-weeks hands-on training session is on observation and participation in ovarian stimulation protocols for IVF/ICSI, oocyte retrieval techniques, in vitro fertilisation (IVF/ICSI), embryo culture and transfer techniques, andrology, and basic cryobiology. Training will be done using animal models (bovine/cow oocyte and embryos).
The course is planned and implemented jointly with the Women’s Hospital International & Fertility Centre (WHI) in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Continuing Professional Development Accreditation Committee (CPDAC) of the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council (UMDPC). The WHI is accredited by the UMDPC to provide continuing medical education for physicians and other healthcare professionals. The course is accredited for 112 CME credits.