Reproductive Endocrinology Training Program
Division Of Reproductive Endocrinology And Infertility
A. Full-Time Faculty
The clinical and research activities of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility are conducted by faculty members composed of basic scientists, clinicians, and clinical investigators. This cohesive group of faculty members provides a conducive academic environment to pursue high quality and contemporary training. The faculty preceptors and their expertise are listed below:
R. JEFFREY CHANG, M.D. - Professor and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Reproductive metabolic processes in ovarian disorders.
PAMELA MELLON, Ph.D. - Vice-Chair for Research, Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Neurosciences, Director of the NICHD Center for Reproductive Science
and Medicine and the NIH Training Program in Reproductive Sciences.
Reulation and development of the reproductive neuroendocrine system.
SHUNICHI SHIMASAKI, Ph.D. - Professor of Reproductive Medicine.
Molecular mechanism of growth factor control in folliculogenesis.
MARK LAWSON, Ph.D.- Professor of Reproductive Medicine. Mechanisms of Reproductive Hormone and Regulation of Gene Expresson in the gonadotrope.
ALEXANDER S. KAUFFMAN, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Reproductive Medicne.
Neuroendocrine control of puberty and reproductive function.
SANJAY AGARWAL, M.D. - Professor of Reproductive Medicine. Infertility and Endometriosis.
H. IRENE SU, M.D. - Assistant Professor of Reproductive Medicine
Preservation of fertility in women and cancer.
MILES WILKINSON, Ph.D. - Professor of Reproductive Medicine
Transcriptional and RNA regulatory mechanisms impacting mammalian fertility, neurologial function, and cancer.
B. Clinical Faculty
Reproductive Partners - UCSD Regional Fertility Center
DAVID MELDRUM, M.D. - Reproductive Partners Medical Grp.
GABRIEL GARZO, M.D. - Reproductive Partners Medical Grp.
LARRY LAUFER, M.D. - Naval Medical Center San Diego
MICHAEL WITTENBERGER, M.D. - Naval Medical Center San Diego
DON CRAIN, M.D. - Naval Medical Center San Diego
RICHARD YOO, M.D. - Kaiser Permanente San Diego
LI-SHEI LIN, M.D. - Kaiser Permanente San Diego
PATRICIA WU, M.D. - Kaiser Permanente San Diego
MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK, M.D. - Rady Children's Hospital San Diego
2. THE PROGRAM
This fellowship training program is designed to qualify individuals for the subspecialty board in reproductive endocrinology. The goal of this training program is to provide fellows with a balance of training between clinical and research activities and to prepare them for an academic career with a solid foundation for leadership in reproductive endocrinology.
A. Clinical Training
Fellows actively participate in the evaluation, management, and follow-up of patient care with special emphasis toward the comprehensive understanding of reproductive disorders and infertility processes. Acquisition of knowledge and techniques in Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART, by rotation at noted institutions), endoscopy, and microsurgery are integrated segments of our training program. Clinical activities are concentrated in the first tow years of training as the third year focuses on completion of research projects. Diverse reproductive disorders are managed by the faculty with increasing responsibility by the fellows. Fellows are expected to be highly versed with policies and procedures of the Clinical Research Center in order to delineate the pathophysiology of complex clinical problems.
Clinics: Throughout the year fellows will participate in the evaluation and management of patients with reproductive disorders under the supervision of the full-time clinical faculty within the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology. During one three month interval they attend medical endocrine and pediatric endocrine clinics once a week. They will also receive training in andrology and male infertility. Fellows maintain the Ovulation Induction Clinic, which will allow them to follow through the evaluation, treatment and the final outcome of their patients.
Surgery: Under the supervision of clinical faculty fellows are responsible for a variety of surgical procedures and related patient care activities. They will be involved in the surgical management of patients which are seen during the course of the year with full-time clinical faculty as well as those seen in their own clinic. During a six months interval fellows will attend and participate in the surgical management of patients seen at the Kaiser Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Clinics and at the Naval Medical Center San Diego.
Assisted Reproductive Technology: Fellows will receive training in the specialized field of ART at the Reproductive Partners- UCSD Regional Fertility Center for four months. They will be supervised by clinical faculty in learning the principles of gamete physiology and acquiring the techniques of a variety of procedures including IVF, GIFT, and current micromanipulative methodologies.
B. Research Training
The research component of our training program offers a range of projects with faculty expertise represented in ovarian molecular and cellular biology, gene regulation and expression, endocrine-metabolic regulation, neuroendocrine control mechanisms and biostatistics. Ethics in research and attendance of School of Medicine courses is emphasized. Our research training program is integrated with the activities of the U54 Sepecialized Cooperative Centers Program in Infertility and Reproduction (SCCPIR) funded by NICHD. Functioning in a coordinated fashion and with direct participation by the fellows, our training program offers diverse research opportunities; examples:
- Characterization and regulation of hormone gene expression
- Interrelationship between GnRH, opioidergic and catecholominergic neurons and their modulation by sex steroids, inhibin, activin and follistatin as well as other growth factors.
- Cellular and molecular mechanisms in the regulation of follicular growth and differentiation.
- The role of neuropeptides, growth factors, and inhibin related peptides in intragonadal regulation.
- The use of transgenic mouse models to uncover molecular mechanisms in GnRH and gonadotropin subunit biosynthesis, expression and regulation.
- Neuroendocrine-metabolic control of the human menstrual cycle and its disorders.
- Delineation of pathophysiology of chronic anovulation.
- Ovarian physiology, senescence and menopause.
These research areas as well as others are targeted for an integrated analysis of hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal-endometrial interactions during puberty, the menstrual cycle, and menopause in rodent models as well as in humans. Clinical disorders will be investigated to answer specific questions. The research component of this program includes didactic teaching, discussion groups, a journal club, seminars, laboratory training molecular biology and clinical investigation. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental design and execution of experiments, methodology, and analysis of data. Our aim is to prepare the physician-scientist with expertise in broad areas of basic and clinical reproductive processes and disorders.
C. Course Work
Fellows have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate and/or graduate courses to remedy background deficiencies and to acquire skills important to their career goals. A variety of courses relevant to human reproduction are available at the UCSD School of Medicine as well as the General Campus. The required courses set forth by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the subspecialty area of Reproductive Endocrinology must be fulfilled. Among them are Biostatistics, Molecular Biology, Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, Molecular and Cellular Neuroendocrinology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Physiology.
D. Research Protocol Preparation
During the first six months of our program, each fellow is expected to develop hypothesis and to focus on a selective area of research under the guidance of the faculty. Fellows are required to prepare a full research protocol to include a critical review of pertinent literature, a statement of the problem and its significance, formulate hypothesis and the design of the experiment combined with a description of the various methodology and procedures to be employed.
3. OTHER ACTIVITIES
Fellows are encouraged to attend the Reproductive Medicine Departmental Grand Rounds scheduled on Wednesday afternoons as well as seminars and conferences provided by other departments and institutions (i.e. Department of Medicine, Neuroscience, Biology, Salk Institute). Also, night call rotation in obstetrics and gynecology and coverage as faculty for the residents in primary care clinic.
4. POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants who have completed their residency training in obstetrics and gynecology are eligible to apply. Prior approval by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Subspecialty Division of Reproductive Endocrinology is required. According to University of California policy we are unable to accept applicants in any visa status.
A. A letter from the candidate outlining his/her past academic and/or clinical experiences, a statement of his/her long term career goal(s) as well as current interests as related to the training he/she hopes to obtain.
B. A curriculum vitae, including a bibliography.
C. Two letters of recommendation to be emailed (preferred) to Andi Hartgrove at email@example.com or mailed directly to:
R. Jeffrey Chang, M.D.
Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology
Department of Reproductive Medicine
UCSD School of Medicine
9500 Gilman Drive #0633
La Jolla, CA 92093-0633
If you need further explanation contact Andi Hartgrove, coordinator Fellowship Training Program at (858) 534-8930, Fax (858) 534-8856, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org