Responding to change in reproductive endocrinology fellowships

Capsule:
Thirty years ago, the reproductive endocrinology field looked far different than it does today.

Author:
William David Schlaff, M.D.

Volume 101, Issue 6, Pages 1510–1511

Abstract:
Thirty years ago, in the days when I was a reproductive endocrinology fellow, the field looked far different than it does today. Reproductive endocrinologists at that time were most assuredly the experts in diagnosing and treating infertility, but were often, if not usually, the go-to doctors for patients with congenital uterovaginal anomalies, endometriosis, and those in need of complicated endoscopic procedures. The reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist (REI) was not only the authority on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and other hormonal problems, but often the leader in addressing clinical issues in contraception, abnormal uterine bleeding, and menopause.

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