History, Mission and Vision
HISTORY
The Center for Reproductive Medicine was founded in 1993 as the research program of the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic . Our research fellowship, ART training and summer mentorship opportunities represent one of the largest and most comprehensive academic programs of its kind in the United States.


MISSION
The Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine’s mission is to conduct cutting-edge research into the causes of human reproductive and sexual disorders, leading to the development of new treatments and cures, as well as training of physicians and scientists to advance the understanding of human reproduction, infertility and sexual function.


VISION
The Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine’s vision is to mentor and train each research fellow, trainee and summer intern using an individualized approach, to develop technical expertise and the ability to work independently.
Accreditation
The Cleveland Clinic Andrology Laboratory and Reproductive Tissue Bank is fully accredited by the College of American Pathologists' Reproductive Laboratory Accreditation Program.
Click to view accreditationThe ART Training program offered by the Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine is accredited by the American College of Embryology.


Teaching Award
Scholarship in Teaching Award for the Training Program in Advanced Reproductive Techniques

The Case Western Reserve School of Medicine Scholarship in Teaching Awards is an annual program designed to recognize faculty contribution to education from the preceding year and promote undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education teaching as a scholarly activity.

Click here to learn more.
Research @ CRM

The Center for Reproductive Medicine conducts basic science and translational research into oxidative stress, proteomics and male infertility.

For an up to date list of our publications, kindly visit Dr. Agarwal's Research Gate Profile.

A Web of Science Citation Report of Research Publications by the Center for Reproductive Medicine from 1993 to 2013 is available here.

Director, Center of Reproductive Medicine
Ashok Agarwal, PhD, HCLD (ABB), EMB (ACE)

Dr. Agarwal's h-index is 86 (Google Scholar) and 68 (Web of Science and Scopus), while his citation count is 26,000 on Google Scholar. His RG score is 48.04 on 1364 publications (785 articles, 26 books, 91 chapters and 390 conference papers). Dr. Agarwal is ranked as the #1 Author in Andrology/Male Infertility and ART-related research, based on a Global Ranking of Authors in Andrology or Male Infertility report employing exhaustive searches of the Scopus database. Dr. Agarwal received the 2011 and 2012 Innovator Award for the development of "Remote Sperm Banking Kits" from the Cleveland Clinic Innovations.

Email: agarwaa@ccf.org
Research Coordinator, Center of Reproductive Medicine
Rakesh Sharma, PhD

Dr. Sharma has published over 190 scientific papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, authored 30 book chapters, and presented about 360 abstracts at both national and international scientific meetings. He is a recipient of the Merlyn F. Bumpus Junior Investigator Award, Research Excellence Award, Research Fellow of the Year Award, Mentor Recognition Award, Scientist of the Year Award, and Excellence in Male Infertility Research Award.

Email: sharmar@ccf.org
Supervisor, Andrology Center and Reproductive Tissue Bank
Sajal Gupta, MBBS, MS, TS (ABB)

Dr. Gupta has published over 60 reviews and research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and authored a dozen book chapters. She has presented about 55 abstracts at both national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Gupta is a recipient of the Award for Highest Productivity in Female Infertility Research, Research Fellow of the Year Award, and Award for Excellence in Female Infertility Research.

Email: guptas2@ccf.org
Invited Trainers, Clinical Embryologists
Christina Anagnostopoulou, MS

Christina Anagnostopoulou, M.S. a certified Senior Embryologist by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). Christina has worked as a clinical embryologist since 2004 and is currently employed at “Embryo ART”, a 500 cycles IVF center in Athens, Greece. She has been an invited faculty for ART training at our Center since 2011.

Email: anagnostc@gmail.com
Israel Maldonado Ross, MS

Israel Maldonado Rosas has more than 10 years of experience in the field of Assisted Reproduction. He is the first IVF Lab Director of Ingenes with over 2000 cycles per year in México City. In 2011, Isreal introduced, for the first time, blastocyst biopsy and array CGH technology in Mexico. He has been an invited faculty for ART training at our Center since 2013.

Email: maldonadoisrael@prodigy.net.mx
Training Program in Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART)
Module:1
Course:Semenology
Duration:40 hours (1 week)
Fees:USD 5,295.00
Module:1A
Course:Routine Semen Analysis
Duration:8 hours (1 day)
Fees:USD 950.00


Module:1B
Course:Sperm Morphology
Duration:16 hours (2 days)
Fees:USD 1,395.00
Module:2
Course:Advanced Andrology Techniques
Duration:32 hours (4 days)
Fees:USD 4,750.00


Module:3
Course:ART Sperm Preparation
Duration:16 hours (2 days)
Fees:USD 2,250.00
Module:4
Course:Cryopreservation Techniques
Duration:8 hours (1 day)
Fees:USD 1,950.00


Module:5A
Course:IVF / ICSI / Micromanipulation
Duration:80 hours (2 weeks)
Fees:USD 7,950.00
Module:5B
Course:ICSI / Micromanipulation
Duration:40 hours (1 week)
Fees:USD 6,200.00


Module:5C
Course:Advanced ART Techniques
Duration:40 hours (1 week)
Fees:USD 6,850.00
Module:5D
Course:Customized ART Training
Duration:Selected by Trainee
Fees:To Be Determined


Module:6
Course:Vitrification
Duration:8 hours (1 day)
Fees:USD 2,500.00
Module:7
Course:Management of IVF and Andrology Labs
Duration:16 hours (2 days)
Fees:USD 2,800.00


Module:8
Course:Preparing for CAP and AATB Accreditation
Duration:16 hours (2 days)
Fees:USD 2,800.00
General Course Objectives:
  • Acquire a basic understanding of assisted reproductive techniques
  • Acquire the skills in the use of a micromanipulator
  • Impact hands-on training in intracytoplasmic sperm injection
  • Acquire skills in various assisted reproductive procedures
  • Observe aspiration and retrieval of oocytes
  • Participate actively in interactive sessions/lectures
Specific Course Objectives:
  • Click on each course name to learn its specific objectives
General Teaching and Learning Methods:
  1. Fully hands-on, one-to-one laboratory training sessions will be provided under the direct tutelage of 2 highly-competent and practicing Clinical Embryologists
    * Module 5 involves training using animal models (frozen hamster oocyte and mouse embryos)
  2. Other Trainers include Andrologists, Reproductive Endocrinologists and other invited ART experts
  3. Each training session is customized to the Trainee's
    1. Professional background
    2. Level of skill and competence
    3. Specific training needs
    4. Desired outcomes obtained from attending the ART training course
  4. Interactive discussion and teaching sessions
  5. Live lectures and multimedia presentations in small group sessions
  6. Four state-of-the-art micromanipulators dedicated solely for training purposes (IVF/ICSI)
Course Syllabus
  • Click on each module to view a sample course syllabus
Assessment Methods

Aspects of the Training that will be assessed include:

  1. Knowledge: There will be a summative test comprising multiple choice questions on the practical and theoretical aspects of the ART for each module
  2. Practical Skills: Each Trainee will be individually tested for competency on specific laboratory techniques learnt during the module
  3. Presentation and Communication Skills: Each Trainee will be required to give a talk (oral with and without the aid of slides) during the course of the module

Scholarship in Teaching Award
This Training Program in Advanced Reproductive Techniques has been recognized by a Scholarship in Teaching Award in 2013 by the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
What Each Trainee Will Receive
  1. Course Syllabus with Reading Material and Lab Protocols
  2. Free Access to the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library
  3. Free Text Book on “Practical Manual of In Vitro Fertilization: Advanced Methods and Novel Devices” edited by Dr. Peter Nagy et al, Springer
  4. WHO Laboratory Manual for the Examination of Human Semen and Sperm-Cervical Mucus Interaction. 5th Edition (CD)
  5. Certificate of Training (issued upon successful assessment by the instructor)
  6. Daily Meal Tickets
Training Certificate
A Certificate of Training will be issued upon successful assessment of competency by the Trainers
Course Evaluation by Past Trainees

Click here to learn more about the evaluation of our training modules by our Past Trainees

Testimonials by Past Trainee

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Application Procedure

Information regarding the application procedure is available here.

Online Application Form

Online application forms are available here.

Contact the Course Director

Drop us a line, the Course Director would love to hear from you!

Ashok Agarwal, PhD, HCLD
Program Director
Assisted Reproduction Training (ART)
Center for Reproductive Medicine
Cleveland Clinic
10681 Carnegie Avenue, X11
Cleveland, OH 44195, USA
Tel: (216) 444-9485
Fax: (216) 445-6049
E-mail: crm@ccf.org

Criteria
Clinicians, biologists, scientists and other health professionals with a background and interest in the field of Embryology, Gynecology, Reproductive Medicine, and Andrology are encouraged to apply. Both national and international candidates are welcomed.
International Applicants

International candidates are encouraged to apply. For specific requirements that may apply to your country, please write to the Program Director, Dr. Ashok Agarwal crm@ccf.org.

Accepted candidates will receive a letter of appointment at the Cleveland Clinic. Foreign nationals will use this letter of appointment to apply for a Visitor B1/B2 Visa at the American Embassy.

Details on past International candidates who have successfully completed the Center for Reproductive Medicine's Assisted Reproduction Training (ART) training program are available here.

Requirements
When you apply, we will need to know about your highest academic degree, your specialty, your training objectives, your previous experience in the related area, and your training interests in order to customize your training program.

The following documents are required for your application:
  • Recent curriculum vitae/resume
  • A letter of recommendation from advisors, teachers, or persons who have first-hand knowledge of you. The following is not acceptable: LORs sent as an e-mail and not printed on official letterhead, not carrying a signature, letters written more than 6-8 weeks before the date of submission.
  • Passport size picture
  • Copy of passport
Timeline
Courses are typically held every year during the Fall months (September and October). Training in selected course modules (except Modules 5 and 6) is available outside these months. In case of questions, reach out to the Program Director, Dr. Ashok Agarwal via: crm@ccf.org.
Application Opens:Application Closes:
November 1 of the previous yearJune 30 of the training year
English Language
The medium of instruction throughout the training program is in English. Candidates should ideally be able to converse in English with minimum difficulty in order to follow through with the training, assessments and presentations. A TOEFL test score is not required for joining our ART Training Course.
Finances
The current module training fee structure is available here.

Upon acceptance into the program, candidates are required to pay the ART Course Training Fee in full, 8 weeks in advance of their Training Course.

Accepted payment methods of the ART Course Training Fee

  1. Money Order or Certified Bank Checks
    These should be made payable to "Andrology Lab Research Program". Personal checks are not accepted. Money Order or Certified Bank Checks should be mailed by courier (UPS or FedEx) to:

    Program Director
    Center for Reproductive Medicine &
    Andrology Laboratory
    Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute
    The Cleveland Clinic
    10681 Carnegie Ave., X11
    Cleveland, Ohio 44195, USA

  2. Electronic Wire Transfer
    Please contact the Program Director (crm@ccf.org) for details of our bank account in Cleveland Clinic.
  3. Bank Transfer
    A levy of $50 will be imposed by our Center to cover the money deducted by the bank during the transfer of funds.

Candidates from outside the United States
The Cleveland Clinic's Center for International Medical Education charges a non-refundable document fee of USD200 for the appointment of foreign-based candidates. This fee may be paid in the form of a Money Order or Certified Bank Check made payable to "Cleveland Clinic Foundation."

Multiple Training Modules
Please note that there is no discount for taking multiple training modules at one go. For example, a candidate taking Module 1A ($950, 1day); Module 1B ($1395, 2 days); Module 2 ($4750, 4 days); Module 3 ($2250, 2 days) and Module 4 ($1950, 1 day) will pay a Course Fee amounting to USD11, 295 and the entire training period will be for 2 weeks).

Cancellation Policy
A refund of 50% of the Course Fee may be allowed upon receipt of written cancellation up to 4 weeks prior to the scheduled training. No refunds will be issued if cancellation is made within 4 weeks of the Training Course.

Ready to Apply?
Kindly note that all required fields in the online application form must be completed and attachments should be submitted together at the time of application.
Questions?

Forward any questions about the course requirements or application process to:

Ashok Agarwal, PhD, HCLD
Program Director
Assisted Reproduction Training (ART) Center for Reproductive Medicine
Cleveland Clinic
10681 Carnegie Avenue, X11
Cleveland, OH 44195, USA
Tel: (216) 444-9485
Fax: (216) 445-6049
E-mail: crm@ccf.org.

How it Works
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Andrology Center
The Laboratories
The Research and Clinical Laboratories occupy over 5000 square feet of workspace with state-of-the-art instruments and facilities for advanced research in fertility preservation in patients with cancer, proteomics of male and female infertility and molecular markers of oxidative stress and DNA integrity.
Research Laboratories
Equipment and Instrumentation
Instruments available in our facility include: computer assisted semen analyzers, luminometer for oxidative stress measurements, Accuri BD C6 flow cytometer, equipment for western blot, culture room equipped with a sterile hood, several incubators, microscopes, and Narishige micromanipulator fitted on an inverted phase-contrast microscope, spectrophotometers, ELISA plate reader, centrifuges, liquid nitrogen storage tanks, programmable freezers, cold room, etc.
Alumni Library
A large collection of scientific journals, electronic journals/books, and other databases are available through the resourceful Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library.

Specialized Medical Librarians are ever willing to help in research and use of electronic databases.

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