Meeting the demand for fertility services: the present and future of reproductive endocrinology and infertility in the United States
Fertility and sterility
Infertility; access to care; assisted reproductive technology; fellowship; reproductive endocrinology and infertility
The field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) is at a crossroads; there is a mismatch between demand for reproductive endocrinology, infertility and assisted reproductive technology (ART) services, and availability of care. This document's focus is to provide data justifying the critical need for increased provision of fertility services in the United States now and into the future, offer approaches to rectify the developing physician shortage problem, and suggest a framework for the discussion on how to meet that increase in demand. The Society of REI recommend the following: 1. Our field should aggressively explore and implement courses of action to increase the number of qualified, highly trained REI physicians trained annually. We recommend efforts to increase the number of REI fellowships and the size complement of existing fellowships be prioritized where possible. These courses of action include: a. Increase the number of REI fellowship training programs. b. Increase the number of fellows trained at current REI fellowship programs. c. The pros and cons of a 2-year focused clinical fellowship track for fellows interested primarily in ART practice were extensively explored. We do not recommend shortening the REI fellowship to 2 years at this time, because efforts should be focused on increasing the number of fellowship training slots (1a and b). 2. It is recommended that the field aggressively implements courses of action to increase the number of and appropriate usage of non-REI providers to increase clinical efficiency under appropriate board-certified REI physician supervision. 3. Automating processes through technologic improvements can free providers at all levels to practice at the top of their license.
Hariton, Eduardo; Alvero, Ruben; Hill, Micah J.; Mersereau, Jennifer E.; Perman, Shana; Sable, David; Wang, Fiona; Adamson, Geoffrey David; Coutifaris, Christos; Craig, LaTasha B.; Hosseinzadeh, Pardis; Imudia, Anthony N.; Johnstone, Erica B.; Lathi, Ruth B.; Lin, Paul C.; Marsh, Erica E.; Munch, Michele; Richard-Davis, Gloria; Roth, Lauren W.; Schutt, Amy K.; Thornton, Kim; Verrilli, Lauren; Weinerman, Rachel S.; Young, Steven L.; and Devine, Kate, "Meeting the demand for fertility services: the present and future of reproductive endocrinology and infertility in the United States" (2023). GW Authored Works. Paper 3332.
Obstetrics and Gynecology