Penn Fertility Care physicians are members of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI). What does that mean?
What is the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility?
The Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility is an organization of physicians dedicated to providing excellence in reproductive health through research, education and patient care. Membership in the SREI requires seven years of formal specialty and subspecialty training after medical school.
SREI membership is restricted to physicians who have been certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) as having extensive knowledge and proficiency in the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology and in the subspecialty of reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI). Currently, there are fewer than 800 physicians nationally who have achieved this unique distinction.
REI Board Certified Penn Fertility Care Physicians
- Kurt Barnhart, MD, MSCE
- Samantha Butts, MD, MSCE
- Christos Coutifaris, MD, PhD
- Anuja Dokras, MD, PhD
- Scott E. Edwards, MD
- Clarisa R. Gracia, MD, MSCE
- Suleena Kansal Kalra, MD, MSCE
- Samantha Pfeifer, MD
- Steven J. Sondheimer, MD
SREI members are reproductive endocrinologists who have acquired special knowledge and proficiency in the evaluation and treatment of reproductive failure and a wide variety of endocrine disorders including:
- Infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss
- Problems of sexual development and function
- Menstrual disturbances
- Hormone imbalances and abnormalities
What is a Reproductive Endocrinologist?
ABOG defines a reproductive endocrinologist as “a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology who is capable of managing complex problems relating to reproductive endocrinology and infertility and whose current professional activity involves the practice of reproductive endocrinology in a setting wherein essential diagnostic and therapeutic resources are available and being used appropriately”.
A physician must meet the following criteria to achieve certification in the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology by ABOG:
- Successfully complete four years of training in obstetrics and gynecology — after graduation from an accredited medical school.
- Pass a written examination in obstetrics and gynecology.
- Pass an oral examination in obstetrics and gynecology, after a minimum of one year of independent specialty practice.
To be certified in the subspecialty of reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) by ABOG, a physician must also:
- Successfully complete three years of additional subspecialty training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
- Pass a second written examination in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
- Pass a second oral examination in reproductive endocrinology and infertility after a minimum of one year in independent subspecialty practice.
- REI examination includes a critical review of the management of all patients for whose care the candidate had primary responsibility during the preceding year.
- Successful candidates must demonstrate the capability to manage complex problems relating to reproductive endocrinology and infertility and be judged to possess the scientific training necessary to advance knowledge in this evolving subspecialty, to evaluate new concepts and to interpret their supporting data.
How does this affect you?
It is important to be informed about the credentials and certifications obtained by your current or potential fertility specialist. Subspecialty certification in REI and membership in the SREI are highly recognized and prized professional credentials.
Members of the SREI offer top–quality fertility care to their patients. They are a select group of highly trained and qualified physicians with advanced education, research and professional skills in reproductive endocrinology and infertility who treat reproductive disorders that affect children, men and women of all ages.
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