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The value of the modern embryologist to a successful IVF system: revisiting an age-old question

Authors
  • Choucair, Fadi1, 2
  • Younis, Nagham1, 3
  • Hourani, Alia1, 4
  • 1 Middle East Fertility Society Embryology Specialty Interest Group, Beirut, Lebanon , Beirut (Lebanon)
  • 2 American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon , Beirut (Lebanon)
  • 3 University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan , Amman (Jordan)
  • 4 International Hospital, Kuwait, Kuwait , Kuwait (Kuwait)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Middle East Fertility Society Journal
Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication Date
May 10, 2021
Volume
26
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s43043-021-00061-8
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

BackgroundThe embryology laboratory remains one of the primary factors influencing the overall performance of the IVF clinic. Clinical embryology, however, has undergone remarkable advancements over the last decade. These developments in both practice and education have been driven together by science and technology.Main bodyThe changes in clinical embryology practice have created a significant challenge for both the profession and the embryologist. New competencies for embryologists have subsequently emerged to provide and manage high-quality services for their patients and clinics. Embryologists’ efficacy behind the scenes reflects positively on the success of the fertility clinic. This framework will serve as the flagship document to shed light on the often-overlooked value of the embryologist as an intellectual and intangible asset for the clinic.ConclusionTo fully leverage a modern embryologist’s skill set, significant investment is required from the IVF clinics’ leadership, which is associated with a substantial return on the IVF clinic’s success. From their side, embryologists should be up to date on further developments and innovations. On the other hand, mentors need to mend the curriculum to allow for better training of high-caliber embryologists.

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