Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists Discuss Why They Are NOT Fertility Specialists
What does a fertility specialist mean? Technically? The term means absolutely nothing.
Anyone can call themselves a fertility specialist- there is no criteria that needs to be met. Any person, even a non-doctor, can call themselves a fertility specialist.
What is a Reproductive Endocrinologist?
A board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist? That's a whole other story. This is what it takes to be a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist:
Reproductive Endocrinology is a sub-specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology. This requires 4 years of medical school followed by completion of a 4 year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Training includes:
- Medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the female reproductive tract
- Care of pregnant women
- Delivering babies
Reproductive Endocrinology Training
After completing a residency program, a physician would apply through a highly competitive system to receive additional training in Reproductive Endocrinology. This is referred to as a fellowship and includes a 3 year intensive training program, which focuses on understanding the complexities of the human female reproductive system.
Reproductive Endocrinologists receive board certification by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. These require both written and oral examinations. Once board certified, a physician must continue to take a certain amount of continuing education credits per year to maintain their certification.
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)'s five board certified Reproductive Endocrinologists discuss the more specific points of their medical field and even share their personal stories about becoming "fertility specialists".
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.