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The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Fellowship Program (REI Divison, ABOG)

The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School's Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) Fellowship Program was established in 1982. Many of the successful infertility programs throughout the world are staffed by reproductive endocrinologists trained in our program.  In 1979, Dr. Howard Jones and the late Dr. Georgeanna Jones came to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School to accept the challenge of starting an in vitro fertilization, IVF, program. Their work led to the birth of the first IVF baby in the United States, Elizabeth Carr, on December 28, 1981. That birth, the subsequent pregnancy successes, and research innovations at the Jones Institute, have attracted a legion of bright and talented scientists and physicians to our program.

Program Description

The JI REI fellowship program has a structured, comprehensive, and intensive 3-year postgraduate training format, covering both the clinical and laboratory aspects of reproductive endocrinology. The goal is to give graduating fellows the clinical skills and research experience to become leaders in either an academic career or clinical practice. This program is approved by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). Taking advantage of our large clinical and research faculty,as well as the Clinical Research Center, this program provides both basic and clinical research experience, as well as intensive training in infertility, hands on training in assisted reproduction techniques, and the full range of surgical treatment approaches including tubal reversals and reconstruction, endometriosis, myomectomies and robotic surgery. Fellows will have exposure to genetics, menopausal management, pediatrics, and medical endocrinology, IVF lab and by third year will be able to work completely independently.

 


 

Current Activities at the Jones Institute

Reproductive Medicine Division

  • Oocyte freezing
  • Robotic surgery
  • In vitro oocyte maturation
  • Embryoscope (time-lapse video cinematography)
  • Blastocyst culture / transfer
  • ICSI
  • Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (for genetic diseases) and screening (for chromosomal anomalies)
  • Endometrial receptivity studies
  • Sperm function tests and male factory infertility

Reproductive Science Division

  • Sperm function and physiology
  • Oocyte freezing and chromosomal analysis 
  • Gene regulation of the endometrium 
  • Biomarkers of embryo developmental potential

Contraceptive Research and Development

  • Large - scale research sponsored by the Agency for International Development targeted to develop new contraceptives.
    Note: The fellows have access to a full-time technician who is experienced in many laboratory methods, including molecular techniques as well as standard assay methods.
  • Molecular mechanisms of endometrial bleeding
  • Phase l and Phase 2 clinical testing of new spermicides, microbicides, and virucidal compounds
  • New treatment modalities for endometriosis and menopause

Educational Objectives

  • To provide comprehensive postgraduate training in all clinical aspects of reproductive endocrinology and infertility to make graduates fully competent to practice modern reproductive medicine, particular training in genital tract surgery, assisted reproduction techniques, cost-effective management of routine infertility, and general reproductive endocrinology 
  • To provide training in allied disciplines ( medical and pediatric endocrinology )
  • To provide intensive training in research methodologies, including experimental design, epidemiology, statistical evaluation, assay methodology, techniques of molecular biology, and other methods pertinent to research efforts
  • To provide training in grant writing and budget development
  • To provide training in effective teaching methods

Curriculum

Fellows, residents, and attending physicians participate in these regularly scheduled conferences:

  • Reproductive medicine lectures ( by attendings ) - weekly
  • Reproductive medicine case reviews (by faculty and fellows) - monthly
  • IVF case review - monthly
  • IVF series QA - every 6 months
  • Departmental grand rounds - weekly
  • Morbidity and mortality rounds - monthly
  • Reproductive medicine chapter reviews (by fellows) - monthly
  • Reproductive Medicine Journal Club (by fellows and faculty) - once monthly
  • IVF Journal Club - monthly
  • IVF meeting and discussion of cases - daily

Other major activities of fellows particular to their year of training are summarized as follows:

Year 1: Full-time in clinic (90%), seeing patients with attending physicians, doing surgery as primary surgeon, assisted reproduction procedures (retrievals transfers), and management of reproductive endocrine problems. 10% of time in clinical investigation. Course work: statistics and physiology
 

  • Several clinical projects undertaken
  • SGI conference 
  • Fellows' Conference sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and Ferring Fellows Retreat

Year 2: Full-time in research 

  •  Laboratory basic science and clinical research experience for thesis (90%) with 10% clinical reproductive endocrinology
  • Attendance at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) annual meeting and one other scientific meeting with presentations.

Year 3: Finish research, write and publish thesis. ½ day "continuity clinic" all year

  • laboratory Research - 50%, with 50% in elective time and independent clinical work.
  • Electives include Embryology, Andrology, and Endocrine laboraties, pediatrics and adult endocrinology, genetics
  • ASRM and Fellowship Retreat
  • REI Board review course

Fellowship Director and Current Fellows

Fellowship Director

Laurel Stadtmauer, MD, PhD

Dr. Stadtmauer is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at EVMS. She joined the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine faculty in April 2001 and is an active member of the IVF group as well as the primary reproductive surgeon at the Jones Institute. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She also is certied in advanced laparoscopic hysteroscopic and robotic surgery. 

Dr. Stadtmauer compelted her associate degree in chemistry at Harvard University in 1980. She achieved her MD degree and a PhD in molecular pharmacology in a MSTP program from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed her internship in internal medicine at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She specialized in obstetrics and gynecology and completed her residency training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She then pursued subspecialty training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Harlem Hospital in New York City. Prior to joining the Jones Institute, she worked in a private practice infertility treatment clinic in North Carolina with Dr. Luther Talbert.

Dr. Stadtmauer is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine where she has chaired the postgraduate courses in Ultrasound in Reproductive Medicine for the last 4 years, and served as Chair of the Ultrasound special interest group as well as on the CME committee. She is currently on the SART advertising committee, a national committee that reviews program websites to make sure they are in compliance with SART guidelines. She has presented at American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, ESHRE, and AIUM where she served on a practice committee to update guiedlines for ultrasound in reproductive medicine and guidelines for limited ultasound in reproductive medicine. She presented and discussed papers at the South Atlantic Obstetrics and Gynecology Society where she is amember of the Executive Board as well as the head of the Virginia Caucus. She is on hospital Committees including Surgery Executive and Surgical Task Force. She has served as faculty for the biannual couse entitled "Frontiers in Reproduction" lead by Dr. Richard Scott. She is on the Board of Fertile Dreams, a national organization with the mission of patient education and fundraising for patients of need.

She was also involved in the development of the first distance (online) Masters in Clinical Endocrinology and Andrology Program at EVMS and has served as a thesis advisor for more than 20 students. She has been Course Director in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility section. She has served as the Director of the REI rotation for the 3rd year residents and has been invovled iwth interviewing medical students, residents and fellows. 

She is the primary or contributing author of more than 50 articles published in major peer-reviewed journals, and has written more than 10 chapters in books including the ART book edited by Dr. Gadrner which is one of the most cited textbooks in the field. She is an Editor of "Ultrasound in Reproductive Medicine and ART" published in 2014. She also has been an Investigator in more than 15 funded research and training grants and has been Principal Investigator on a number of Pharmaceutical Sponsored and Investigator Initiated grants in the areas of IVF, luteal support, polycystic ovarian syndrome and AMH. She has initiated robotic surgery training for the fellows and has mentored numerous research projects with the fellows. She has been an invited speaker at meetings all over the world in these areas.

Fellows

Tarita Pakrashi, MD, is in her third year of sub-specialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School.

She completed medical school at Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai, India.  Following medical school, Dr. Pakrashi went to graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a Masters in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health.  She then went on to complete a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio.  During her chief residency she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society for demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.  Dr. Pakrashi worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in the Division of Reproductive Sciences while also serving as an attending physician and Medical Director of the Division of Community Women's Health at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine following completion of her residency.

She is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.  She has several publications and presentations to her name and has been the recipient of multiple scholarships and awards during her training.

Kay Waud, MD, is in her second year of sub-specialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School.

She completed medical school at the University of California, San Diego.  Following medical school, Dr. Waud completed a Residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School where she was the Administrative Chief during her senior year.  Dr. Waud also worked as a summer intern at NICHD, in Endocrine Physiology.  She was the recipient of the Endocrine Society Summer Research Fellowship award.

She is a junior fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Endocrine Society.  She has several publications and presentations to her name and has been the recipient of multiple research scholarships and awards during her training.

Rafif Mousa, MD: Dr. Mousa is in her first year of sub-specialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at The EVMS Jones Insititute for Reproductive Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

She completed medical school, graduating first in her class at the Damascus University in Syria.  She then went on to complete her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the same Institute.  Following residency, Dr. Mousa practiced as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist in the Middle East.  Upon arriving in the United States, Dr. Mousa completed her Masters program in Embryology and Andrology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2013.

She has several publications and presentations to her name and has been the recipient of multiple awards during her training.

Contact us:

Interested applicants may contact Irene Foy at (757) 446 - 7119.