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Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Training Program

The Intramural NICHD Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Training Program sponsors 3-year clinical fellowships in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, which are accredited by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). Faculty from NICHD, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), and the Shady Grove Fertility Center serve the fellowship. The objective of this graduate medical education program is to train clinicians as researchers and future leaders in the field of reproductive endocrinology to advance basic, translational, and clinical science in reproduction.

Upon completion of the rigorous scientific, clinical, and surgical curriculum, fellows may apply to ABOG for certification in the subspecialty of reproductive endocrinology. Program graduates have become assistant, associate, and tenured professors and departmental chairs at academic, government, and military institutions.

Fellows in the program rotate on clinical services of NICHD–supported intramural graduate programs in medical and pediatric endocrinology as well as in medical genetics. They participate in evaluation and management of rare and challenging endocrine conditions on the NIH Reproductive Endocrine Teaching Service as well as on clinical and surgical rotations at WRNMMC and the Shady Grove Fertility Center.

Program trainees must complete a thesis project and may choose among any research laboratory in the institute's intramural research program. To complete a research project, fellows are provided 20 months of protected research time. The curriculum includes two university-based graduate courses: one in biostatistics and the second in reproduction.

Enrollment requirements include U.S. citizenship, graduation from a 4-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and eligibility for board certification by ABOG. Selection is competitive and prospective candidates must register with the National Resident Matching Program External Web Site Policy. Three positions are approved for a complement of nine fellow trainees. Trainees may meet criteria for the NIH Loan Repayment Program for outstanding educational debt. The program accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Applications Service®.

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