41 years ago today, Louise Brown was born, the first baby conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF). Thanks to this momentous event, July 25 has become the World Embryologist Day. Much progress has been made since then both in the techniques used and in the role of these specialists.
What is the work of an embryologist?
An embryologist is a specialist in reproductive health who works in an assisted reproduction clinic or in the reproduction department in a hospital. They may also dedicate their work to researching reproduction or stem cells in fields such as cellular therapy or bioengineering.
This specialist is part of the medical team and the person behind the scenes of the treatments, since he/she mainly works in the IVF laboratory performing various tasks such as:
- Processing of oocytes collected by follicular aspiration
- Washing of semen and spermiograms
- Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)P
- Preparation of samples for artificial insemination
- Assisted hatching
- Embryo biopsy
- Embryo transfer
- Monitoring of embryonic development
- Vitrification and devitrification of oocytes and embryos
What should I study to become an embryologist?
The majority of these specialists are biologists, but we can also find biotechnologists, pharmacists, chemists and even veterinarians. Since there is no regulated training in this field in our country, the most fitting option is that you complete a Master in assisted reproduction after finishing your degree studies.
Why choose IVI RMA?
The group IVI RMA has more than 20 years of teaching experience with teachers who are world renowned professionals for their clinical work and scientific careers. We are dedicated to training all of the members of the assisted reproduction unit including gynecologists, embryologists, psychologists and nursing personnel.
I finished my degree. What is the next step?
If you are sure that your passion lies in assisted human reproduction, the best option would be to complete a master. What options do we offer?
- Official Master in Biotechnology of Assisted Human Reproduction offered by the University of Valencia.
- Official Master in Biology and Technology applied to Assisted Human Reproduction offered by the European University of Madrid
- Master's Degree on the Theoretical Basis and Laboratory Procedure in Assisted Reproduction (online) offered by the University of Valencia
What if you are not sure?
We also offer a wide range of online courses and workshops. You will find all of our training offers on the web of IVI Global Education. If you need guidance regarding your professional future, please contact us by writing to Education.Info@ivirma.com