Responding to change in reproductive endocrinology fellowships

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

William David Schlaff, M.D.

Volume 101, Issue 6, Pages 1510–1511

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.

  • “Back to the Future” – Bill – I did the Andrology work up on the male partner starting in my Fellowshp with S. Jan Behrman, MD in 1969, and receuived the support of J. Robert Willson, MD, Chair of Ob-Gyn at the University of Michigan at that time. I continued to work up the male in infertility couples during the remainder of my military career, and after I returned on Faculty at the University of Michigan in September, 1980.
    I also help to form the American Society of Andrology in 1975, and served as its Presidient in 1984-1985. I continue to have interest in the male’s contribution to the infertile status of the couple.

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