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Module: 1 - Semenology

Duration: 40 hours (5 days)
Fees: USD 5,295.00

Module: 1
Course: Semenology


Kindly note that training can be customized according to the needs of the candidate.

Contact the Course Director
Dr. Ashok Agarwal

Professor, Lerner College of Medicine,
Case Western Reserve University
Director, Andrology Center
Director, American Center for Reproductive Medicine
Staff, Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, and
Ob-Gyn and Women's Health Institute,
Anatomic Pathology, and Immunology

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Training in this module accredited by the
American College of Embryology –
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Course objectives:

During the course each participant receives one-on-one training to develop knowledge and skills in:
  • Safe laboratory practice in Andrology
  • Basics of phase contrast microscopy used for semen analysis
  • Collection and delivery of semen sample
  • Routine semen analysis (concentration, motility and round cells)
  • Collection of lab result and analysis
  • Calculation of percent differences and coefficient of variation/standard deviation between trainer and trainee
  • Practical tips in assessment of sperm count and motility
  • Computer assisted semen analysis (CASA)
  • Sperm morphology assessment(World Health Organization (WHO) and Kruger’s Strict Criteria)
  • Vitality testing (Eosin-Nigrosin stain)
  • Hypo-osmotic swelling test (HOS)
  • Leukocyte detection (Peroxidase staining/ Endtz test)
  • Special sperm stain (NF-PICS) for azoospermic samples
  • Antisperm antibodies detection (SpermMAR test)
  • Quality control, quality assurance and proficiency testing in andrology laboratory
Sample Course Schedule for Module 1

Educational teaching methods:

  • Interactive discussion and teaching sessions
  • Hands-on laboratory training sessions
  • Live lectures and multimedia presentations

Evaluation of trainee:

  • Knowledge / Theoretical Component (30%): Multiple choice questions on lab techniques linked to each course module
  • Practical Skills (50%): Tested on specific lab techniques taught during the training
  • Verbal Communication & Comprehension Skills / Integrative Component (20%): PowerPoint talk on a topic linked to a course module and viva voce
  • The performance of the candidate throughout the course will be reflected in a Grading Report
  • Candidates who meet the training requirements and successfully complete the course work will be awarded the Training Certificate

Each participant will receive:

  • Course Syllabus with Reading Material and Lab Protocols
  • Free Access to the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library
  • WHO Laboratory Manual for the Examination and Processing of Human Semen. 5th Edition, 2010 (Digital file)
  • Certificate of Training (issued upon successful assessment by the instructor) and Grading Report
  • Daily Meal (Lunch) Tickets

Virtual 360° Tour of the American Center for Reproductive Medicine Research Laboratories and Andrology Center

Course Evaluation by Past Trainees

Testimonials by Past Trainees