BONUS 270: Evaluating Your IVF Lab

July 31, 2020

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Carol Curchoe, the founder of ART Compass, a senior clinical embryologist at a fertility clinic and a board-certified technical supervisor in embryology

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Dr. Curchoe and Heather discuss how to know if your IVF lab is using the latest technologies:

INTRODUCTION

  • I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your academic background and training.
  • Why did you choose a career in reproductive physiology?
  • Take us through your career.

EVALUATING IVF LABS

  • Broadly speaking, how can listeners tell if their IVF lab is good or they should switch clinics?
  • Embryologist training systems
  • Electronic “witnessing”
  • Reagent traceability
  • Laser biopsy vs. flick biopsy
  • Quality control applications and network of sensors “IoT”
  • Patient scheduling and medication management, patient portals, and EMRs
  • Electronic consent
  • Cryostorage alarm systems
  • Cryostorage management, including “blockchain” applications for traceability, “embryo tagging,” AI fingerprinting of an embryo
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to infertility warriors who are overwhelmed by the process of evaluating their IVF lab?

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