International IVF Initiative25 June 2022
Embryologists and stake holders in the IVF industry talk about the current need for embryologists globally. They discuss the changing challenges and demands of the embryologists, the demographics of the people working in an IVF laboratory and ways to retain, train and recruit embryologists into the workforce as more of the veteran embryologist retire.
An introduction by Eva Schenkman sets the scene for current demands in the workforce, while CEO of the Inception group of clinics, TJ Farnsworth, describes ways that a clinic can manage talent and plan for continuation of services through succession.
UK Embryologists Andrew Thomson and Alison Campbell describe the career routes and the challenges faced by trainee embryologists in the UK and a unique scheme to increase the number of trained embryologist by alliances with UK IVF clinics with Universities.
Dr Anderson explains the need for better recruitment in N. America and describes ways to accelerate training and attract graduates into a career of clinical embryologists.
The session was interspersed with video testimonials from embryologist around the world describing how they started in the field highlighting that there is no active recruitment or awareness of the profession of embryologist worldwide with perhaps the exception of Spain where, as Dr Gloria Calderon explains in detail in her lecture about the growing IVF market and dominance of Spanish led clinics.
Together, the speakers and moderators formed a round table discussion centred around the recruitment and training of new embryologists with live questions from attendees of this webinar.