Why are we so keen on training in infertility?

INFERTILITY – its meaning and magnitude

INFERTILITY

Infertility is not a disease but a disorder, wherein a couple fails to achieve pregnancy within 12 to 15 months of active married life, without using any contraceptives. It is observed that 15 - 18% of any population in the world, that is, almost one in every 5 couples, suffers infertility. (Female factor – 40%, Male factor – 40%, Male & Female factors – 10% and Unexplained Infertility – 10%).

The percentage of infertility is increasing due to change in life styles, food habits, fragile relationships, delayed marriages, stress-filled jobs, etc. apart from the huge accumulation of unresolved infertility cases over the years. The fertility graph starts descending as the women enter their 30s. Therefore, the fertility age is an important deciding factor and the proverb ‘Better late than never’ does not hold good in the matter of reproduction where ‘late’ means almost ‘never’. Obviously it is a matter of great concern and cannot be left unattended to any more.


IVF (In vitro fertilization) - a ray of hope

Robert Edwards

There was a time when a small percentage of young couples remained childless throughout, branded as infertile and condemned as inauspicious in the society. It was widely believed that there could be no way out for these less-fortunate couples until 1978 when Professor Sir Robert Edwards and Dr. Patrick Steptoe brought joy to the infertile couples, with their incredible Assisted Reproductive Technique called ‘IVF’ (In vitro fertilization) followed by the birth of first ever IVF baby called Louise Brown in July 1978.

A BOON, but with limitations

IVF came as a boon, but with its own limitations, such as affordability, low success rate, etc. We have little or no research on this subject in our country. We therefore, depend largely on the research done abroad for all our treatment guidance. All over the world the success rate of the advanced Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) is considered to be 35%. But the incidence of abortions of IVF pregnancies is higher in India as compared to that in abroad.

Unfortunately, even after three decades since the establishment of IVF as a legitimate treatment in reproductive medicine, it is not being utilized to the fullest extent mainly due to lack of adequate training in our country. Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) is not included in the curriculum even at post graduate level in any medical college in India. Consequently, there exists a huge dearth of specialists in both Embryology and Clinical departments compared with the alarmingly high number of infertility cases in our country.


TRAINING - The way forward

Bridging the skill gap through structured training programs is the need of the hour. MOMSOON started tailor-made skilling modules where trainees get maximum hands-on and adequate theory at reasonable cost and in reasonable time frame.

BLENDED LEARNING

With technology ushering in, MOMSOON reconsidered the efficacy of the existing pedagogic methods and modified them to realign the focus from the theory-loaded teaching system to a more practical and skill-based approach aligning curricula with industry requirements - Precision intact and values uncompromised.

MOMSOON started technology-driven industry-relevant blended learning models in Clinical Embryology and Infertility Management, with the curriculum that can empower students/trainees with valuable insights about the industry, as well as useful skills that can significantly enhance their employability once they complete the course. Thereafter, by acquiring pertinent skills and knowledge corresponding to higher job roles through reskill and upskill, employees can achieve stability in their careers besides gaining quick advancement in their profession.


Self-learning
Self-learning modules

The self-learning modules consist of lecture videos and multimedia illustrations given by eminent and experienced practicing doctors and professors.

Trainees will be able to access the self-learning components which will have no/minimal trainer interface at their convenience on their devices (computer, laptops, etc)

Each self-learning component will have quizzes that gauge the comprehension level of student


Interactive forums


Interactive Question and answer forums

Instructors will be connected to students without them being physically present. Students will be encouraged to come prepared with questions and items to be discussed.


Demonstration


Demonstration

Observe various treatment procedures at the operating room for ultrasound scans, oocyte retrieval and embryo transfer


Hands-on practice


Hands-on practice

Students will get trained to perform required procedures by practicing on simulator.

Real time hands-on experience

Students will be allowed to perform permissible procedures under expert guidance and supervision.


Evaluation and Certification

Evaluation & Certification

On completion of training, the trainees will undergo assessments. The performance of the trainee will be reflected in a  Grading Report. The grading methodology is as follows:


Sl Components % Methodology
1 Theoretical knowledge 30% Multiple choice questions
2 Practical skills 50% Tested on specific techniques taught during the training
3 Verbal Communication & Comprehension Skills 20% PowerPoint talk

Candidates who successfully complete the assessment will be awarded the Training Certificate

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