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Observership Opportunities in Reproductive Medicine PDF

Program Director

Dr.AgarwalA

Dr. Ashok Agarwal
Professor, Lerner College of Medicine,
Case Western Reserve University
Director, Andrology Laboratory and Reproductive Tissue Bank
Director, Center for Reproductive Medicine
Staff, Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, and
  Ob-Gyn and Women's Health Institute,
  Anatomic Pathology, and Immunology
Cleveland Clinic
10681 Carnegie Ave., X11
Cleveland, Ohio 44195 USA
Tel: 216-444-9485; Fax: 216-445-6049
E-mail: Agarwaa@ccf.org
 


The Center for Reproductive Medicine at Cleveland Clinic offers exciting opportunity for highly motivated, academically oriented pre-med or medical students, residents, fellows and/or physicians into state of the art Reproductive Biology research. Foreign graduates are eligible.

The Center for Reproductive Medicine is a research program of Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute. Our research program is rated as a leading center of excellence at the world-class Cleveland Clinic, ranking fourth in the nation among America's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

Duration: 4 weeks, may be extended to 8 weeks

Fee: Click here to view the details.

Appointment: Observer in Reproductive Biology
An observer will not be involved in a direct patient care activity. Appointment will be made through the Cleveland Clinic's International Center.

Visa: Visitors visa (B1/ B2). Letter of invitation will be sent upon acceptance of a candidate.

Training Objectives: Candidates will be exposed to cutting edge basic and clinical translational research in reproductive medicine with our team of highly qualified and experienced scientists and clinicians.

Candidates will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to conduct basic science research studies.
  • Learn how to write research articles for publication in medical/ scientific journals.
  • Learn to prepare and deliver scientific research lectures.
  • Learn to present and discuss research results at regular research meetings.
  • Participate in Urology and Gyn research conferences.
  • Attend Grand rounds.

I. Observe diagnostic tests to evaluate infertility offered by the Andrology laboratory:

  • Routine semen analysis.
  • Manual and computer assisted semen analysis:
    • Evaluation of round cells and quantitation of granulocytes.
    • Sperm viability by eosin-nigrosin staining.
  • Sperm morphological evaluation.
  • Testing of azoospermic samples.
  • Sperm antibody testing.
  • Sperm preparation for intrauterine insemination.
  • Sperm cryopreservation for cancer patients (Onsite and remote banking).
  • Advanced sperm tests:
    • Measurement of free radicals.
    • Measurement of total antioxidants.
    • Measurement of sperm DNA damage.

II. Observe Bench Research Projects:

  • Learn how to develop and write a bench research project from beginning to end.
  • Practice writing a small basic science bench research project.
  • Interact with our researchers to understand the rationale and methodology of their projects.
  • Learn to use the resources of the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library.
  • Visit Lerner Research Institute's Flow core and Proteomic core labs.

III. Learn about Scientific Publications:

  • Acquire skills in electronic database search, literature review and scientific writing of research results.
  • Learn about plagiarism, scientific misconduct and research compliance.
  • Understand the application of statistical methods in basic and clinical reproductive science research.
  • Learn about scientific writing of review articles and book chapters under the direct supervision of a senior researcher.

Summer Internship Program (only in June - July)

  • Opportunity to attend lectures (given by Cleveland Clinic faculty) as part of the Summer Internship Course.
  • Observers may be asked to prepare and give Power Point presentations on specific topics of interest.

How to apply:

Those interested in this fellowship should write to Dr. Sajal Gupta at guptas2@ccf.org
 
Sajal Gupta, MD
Assistant Research Coordinator
Supervisor, Andrology Laboratory
Center for Reproductive Medicine
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue, A19.1
Cleveland, Ohio 44195 USA
Andrology Lab: 216-444-8182
Research: 216-444-4402
Fax: 216-445-6049

Application deadline: None

Selection Criteria: Interested applicants should submit the following by electronic mail:

  • Recent curriculum vitae/resume.
  • Copy of your highest degree.
  • Two recent letters of recommendation from persons who have a first hand knowledge of you.
  • Copy of passport.
  • Address, telephone number (for possible personal interview).
  • Provide the date when you can begin, if selected.
  • Proof of overseas medical insurance - required if accepted.

Certificate of Observership
 
Feedback by Previous Observers
Click here to read about evaluations of observership opportunities by previous candidates.
 
Testimonials from Past Observers
Click on this link to view the comments by past observers.
 
Click here for information about Cleveland
 
Click here for information on accommodation in Cleveland area
 
International Observers Resource Kit
 
Virtual Tour of the Center for Reproductive Medicine
Click here for a 360 tour


Clinical Observer in Male Infertility

Dr.Sabanegh

Dr. Edmund S. Sabanegh, Jr.
Chairman, Department of Urology


 

 

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Microsurgery by Dr. Sabanegh
Video

Short term training in male infertility is available at Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute for candidates who have completed their urology residency. Foreign graduates are eligible.

Duration: 4 weeks

Fee: $5,000

Appointment: Observer.
An observer will not be involved in a direct patient care activity but will have the opportunity to observe the clinical evaluation and surgical treatment of the infertile male. Additional didactic opportunities include participation in andrology research conference, journal club and observing ongoing research in the Andrology Research Laboratory. There may be an opportunity to attend the 1 week microsurgery training course for an additional fee. Appointment will be made through the Cleveland Clinic's International Center.

Visa: Visitors visa (B1/ B2). Letter of invitation will be sent upon acceptance of a candidate.

Training Objectives: Candidates will observe clinical and surgical cases in male infertility with Dr. Sabanegh and other andrology staff.
 
They will learn:

  • Emerging surgeries for the correction of anatomic causes of male factor infertility (example: microsurgical reconstructions to include vasovasostomy and vasoepididymostomy)
  • Understand the role of new assisted reproductive techniques in the management of infertility
  • Compare various techniques for harvest of sperm in non-obstructive azoospermic (example: Microsurgical testicular sperm harvest, percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration)

How to apply:

Those interested in this fellowship should write to Dr. Edmund Sabanegh at sabanee@ccf.org
 
Edmund Sabanegh, MD
Director, Center for Male Infertility
Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave/A100
Cleveland, OH 44195 USA
Tel: (216) 445-4854
Fax: (216) 445-0385
E-mail: sabanee@ccf.org

Application deadline: None

Selection Criteria: Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • Recent curriculum vitae/resume.
  • Two recent letters of recommendation from persons who have a first hand knowledge of you.
  • Address, telephone number (for possible personal interview).
  • Provide the date when they can begin, if selected.
  • Proof of overseas medical insurance.

Click here for Information about Observership
 
Click here for information about Cleveland
 
Click here for information on accommodation in Cleveland area
 
International Observers Resource Kit
 
Evaluation of Clinical Observer Program
Click on this link to view the comments and feedback by previous candidates.


Clinical Observer in Reproductive and Robotic Surgery

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Dr. Tommaso Falcone
Chairman, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology


 

 

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Robotic Surgery by Dr. Falcone
Video

Short term training in reproductive surgery is available at Cleveland Clinic's Ob-GYN and Women's Health Institute for those candidates who have completed their residency. Foreign graduates are eligible.

Duration: 4 weeks

Fee: $5,000

Appointment: Observer.
An observer will not be involved in a direct patient care activity but will have the opportunity to observe the clinical evaluation and surgical treatment of women with complex non-malignant disease. Additional didactic opportunities include participation in reproductive medicine research conference, journal club and observing ongoing research in our Research Center. There may be an opportunity to attend the 1 week microsurgery training course for an additional fee. Appointment will be made through the Cleveland Clinic's International Center.

Visa: Visitors visa (B1/ B2). Letter of invitation will be sent upon acceptance of a candidate.

Training Objectives: Candidates will observe clinical and surgical cases in women with complex benign disease with Dr. Falcone and other staff in Reproductive Endocrinology.
 
They will learn:
 
Emerging surgeries for the correction of anatomic causes of female factor infertility:

  • Microsurgical reconstructions to include open and robotic tubal reversal surgery
  • Infertility tubal surgery
  • Excision of endometriosis-from early to advanced and include potentially ureter and bowel endometriosis surgery
  • Laparoscopic/robotic and open myomectomies
  • Hysteroscopic surgery for myomas or other repoductive disorders

This 4 week period will have a seminar component that includes review of the reproductive Surgery chapters in the textbook "Clinical Reproductive Medicine and Surgery edited by Tommaso Falcone and William Hurd-Elsevier 2007".

How to apply:

Those interested in this fellowship should write to Dr. Tommaso Falcone at Falcont@ccf.org

Tommaso Falcone, MD, FRCSC, FACOG
Professor and Chairman
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue/ A81
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
USA
Phone: (216)444-1758
Fax: (216)445-6325
E-mail: falcont@ccf.org

Application deadline: None

Selection Criteria: Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • Recent curriculum vitae/resume.
  • Two recent letters of recommendation from persons who have a first hand knowledge of you.
  • Address, telephone number (for possible personal interview).
  • Provide the date when they can begin, if selected.
  • Proof of overseas medical insurance.

Click here for information about Cleveland
 
Click here for information on accommodation in Cleveland area
 
International Observers Resource Kit
 
Evaluation of Observership Program by Previous Candidates
Click on this link to view the comments and feedback by previous candidates.


Research and Clinical Laboratories occupy over 2500 square feet of workspace with state-of-the-art instruments and facilities for advanced research in the pathophysiology of male and female reproductive dysfunction and research in the field of erectile dysfunction. Instruments include: computer assisted semen analyzers, luminometer for oxidative stress measurements, equipment for western blot, culture room equipped with a sterile hood, several incubators, microscopes, and a Narishige micromanipulator fitted on an inverted phase-contrast microscope, spectrophotometers, ELISA plate reader, centrifuges, liquid nitrogen storage tanks, programmable freezers, cold room, etc. The laboratory has ready access to over a dozen specialized core laboratories within the Cleveland Clinic Research Institute. These include: molecular biotechnology, flow cytometry, gene expression, transgenic/knockout facilities, etc. For more information on these core laboratories, please visit: http://www.lerner.ccf.org/services.

The office space for Fellows is equipped with over 2 dozen computers with laser printers, scanners, copiers, and all the necessary software programs. All computers in the Center are connected to the Cleveland Clinic's network system that provides direct access to most online journals related to the field of medicine, urology, reproductive medicine, andrology, etc. A large collection of scientific journals, electronic journals/books, and other databases are available through our newly modernized Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library. A team of statisticians working in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences provide research support to the Fellows. The Arts and Graphics Department supports the preparation of research posters and lecture slides for presentations at national meetings.
 

Virtual Tour of the Center for Reproductive Medicine
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Virtual Tour of the Andrology Laboratory
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