Reproductive Sciences & Infertility - CReATe Fertility Centre

Program Director:
Dr. Clifford Librach 
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Toronto 
Tel: (416) 323-7727
Email: clifford.librach@utoronto.ca

Site: CReATe Fertility Centre

Application Deadline: Submit Application Form by April 30th of each year 

Program Information 

This is a 2-year program, designed to provide clinical and research training in Reproductive Sciences for candidates who are committed to an academic career. Necessary qualifications include completion of specialty training in obstetrics and gynaecology. Prior research experience in clinical and/or basic science is preferred. 

The research portion of the fellowship will involve projects and skills developed in basic science bench research and clinical research. The fellow will be expected to conduct both basic and clinical research projects during the fellowship period. It is expected that this research will ultimately result in publications and presentations at scientific meetings. 

The CReATe facility has 4 full-time REI clinicians, 8 full-time PhD researchers, and several post-doctoral fellows and technicians, all of whom will work directly with the fellows to enhance their research and training experience. 

The clinical portion of the fellowship will focus on the assessment and management of couples presenting with infertility and related conditions. Fellows will also be exposed to all assisted reproductive technologies including artificial insemination, IVF, ICSI, PGD and third-party reproduction. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to attend a urology/andrology clinic, general endocrinology clinics, and a pediatric reproductive endocrinology/gynaecology clinic. The fellow will also take part in all types of surgical procedures related to infertility. The fellow will be exposed to laboratory testing and sperm preparation for insemination, and all types of in-vitro fertilization-related laboratory procedures.

Objectives

Upon completion of training, the fellow is expected to be a competent subspecialist in Gynaecologic Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility capable of assuming a consultant’s role in the discipline. The fellow will acquire a working knowledge of the theoretical basis of the specialty, including its foundations in the basic medical sciences and research. Upon completion, fellows acquire the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective patient-centered care.

The Setting

The training takes place primarily in the following facilities:

  1. CReATe Fertility Centre, a 22,000-sq ft facility with space dedicated to both research and clinical activities;
  2. Basic science laboratory located in Women’s College Hospital;
  3. Surgical suites located at Women’s College Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; and
  4. Several ambulatory clinics throughout the University of Toronto.

 

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