Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellowship
NYU Langone’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers a three-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Launched in 2001, the training program, offered through the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. It leads to certification in reproductive endocrinology and infertility by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Under the leadership of Frederick L. Licciardi, MD, program director, and Elizabeth Fino, MD, associate program director, fellows receive advanced training from our team of reproductive endocrinologists, pediatric endocrinologists, gynecologists specializing in menopausal medicine, urologists, geneticists, embryologists, and andrologists.
Fellows complete clinical rotations at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, and NYU Langone Fertility Center, where we perform about 1,900 assisted reproductive technology cycles annually. The center is an active referral site for oocyte cryopreservation, preimplantation genetic screening and diagnosis, medical fertility preservation, and third-party reproduction for the LGBTQ+ community. NYU Langone Fertility Center also features an in-house research lab. Fellows spend most of their rotation time at the fertility center, where they are fully integrated into the clinical practice of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. They graduate prepared to become clinical and academic leaders in the specialty.
In 2018, the NYU Langone Fertility Center established a partnership with the Prelude Fertility Network. Prelude’s fertility clinics have a long history of pioneering scientific advances and provide the opportunity for our fellows to become involved in large evidence-based research initiatives across the country. A new facility for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and NYU Langone Fertility Center is currently in the design phase.
Fellows work alongside our division faculty, gaining intensive clinical training and comprehensive hands-on experience that help them become competent, compassionate, and well-rounded specialists.
As a fellow, you start your training at NYU Langone Fertility Center, where you gain experience in assisted reproductive technology, including oocyte retrievals and embryo transfers, intrauterine inseminations, and the workup and management of reproductive disorders and infertility. Fellows devote one day per week to reproductive surgery, including hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, laparotomy, and robotics.
Your second year of training consists of elective rotation time in embryology and andrology, pediatric endocrinology, medical endocrinology, urology, genetics, and menopausal medicine. Second-year fellows also oversee the reproductive and endocrinology continuity clinic at Bellevue under faculty supervision. This unique experience allows you to be the primary caregiver for patients, supervise residents, and interact with a multidisciplinary team providing fertility care in an underserved population.
Second-year elective rotations offer considerable flexibility, allowing you to train along individualized tracks that emphasize your own special area of interest. Past fellows have chosen tracks such as robotic surgery, a master of science in clinical investigation, and a master of science in embryology and andrology. The third year of fellowship is devoted to research.
Fellows are on call approximately every third to fourth weekend throughout all three years of the fellowship. On-call duty is limited to the specialty of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Fellows do not cover general obstetrics and gynecology call.
Fellows have opportunities to participate in research during their first year of training, while formal research rotations begin in the second year.
You have access to a strong faculty with a broad range of research interests, including embryology, andrology, and endocrinology. Fellows conduct research in our state-of-the-art laboratories and collaborate with several NYU Langone research laboratories. All approved fellowship research initiatives are funded through NYU Langone Fertility Center, NYU Langone, and from additional sources for basic science and translational research.
Fellows contribute significantly to the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility’s publication efforts. All fellows are financially supported to travel to and present their research at local and national meetings.
Our fellows have received recognition for their work, including a nomination for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Scientific Program Prize Paper in 2016 and the Prize Paper Award in 2017 for research conducted by Kara Goldman, MD, on fertility preservation in murine models during chemotherapy. In addition, Jason Kofinas, MD, received a nomination for the ASRM Scientific Program Prize Paper in 2017 for “The Association of Mitochondrial Copy Number and Deletion Ration to Oocyte Competency: A Multiplex Real Time PCR Evaluation of In Vitro Matured Human Oocytes and Their Mitochondrial Complement.”
Examples of thesis projects completed by past fellows include the following:
- “Why Do Euploid Embryos Miscarry? Using the Genome and Transcriptome of Normal and Abnormal Embryos to Determine Characteristics of Viability” (Susan Maxwell, 2018)
- “The Effect of Vitamin D on Host and Pathogen: A Study of Women Undergoing Frozen Embryo Transfers with Euploid Embryos” (Alexis Masbou, 2018)
- “The Reliability of Repeat Trophectoderm and Inner Cell Mass Biopsies in Aneuploid and Mosaic Blastocysts Using Next Generation Sequencing” (Nidhee Sachdev, 2017); later published in Fertility and Sterility.
In addition to producing a wide range of thesis projects, our fellows are regularly published in nationally recognized peer-reviewed publications.
Our rotation schedule allows fellows to gain comprehensive experience in clinical care and research. Fellows are entitled to four weeks of vacation time each year, one to two weeks at a time dispersed throughout the year. Read below for more details, and you can also access the rotation schedule as a graphic or simplified text.
Year 1 Rotation Schedule
Year 1 consists of 12 months of clinical reproductive endocrinology and infertility training grouped in 4 blocks of 3 months each. Fellows are evaluated at the end of each block. As a first-year fellow, you spend 3 to 4 days per week, or about 80 percent of your training time, at NYU Langone Fertility Center. One to 2 days per week, or about 20 percent of your time, is spent at Tisch Hospital for surgical training. Overall, roughly 95 percent of training time is dedicated to outpatient care, with 5 to 10 percent geared towards preliminary research design. Fellows also choose a research focus and thesis at the end of Year 1.
Year 2 Rotation Schedule
Year 2 consists of six months of elective rotations and six months of research.
During elective rotations your time is predominantly divided between NYU Langone Fertility Center, Tisch Hospital, and Bellevue outpatient clinics. Electives are each one month long and include medical endocrinology at Bellevue; pediatric endocrinology at Bellevue; urology at NYU Langone’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men’s Health and NYU Langone Fertility Center; embryology and andrology at NYU Langone Fertility Center; menopause in the office of Lila Nachtigall, MD; genetics and third-party reproduction at NYU Langone Fertility Center and NYU Langone’s Clinical Genetic Services.
Additionally, the second-year fellow has Bellevue reproductive endocrinology and infertility clinic for two half days each month throughout the year, during both elective rotations and research rotations.
Fellows begin their formal research training under the direction of a faculty mentor in Year 2. During research blocks, fellows work toward completion of a comprehensive thesis with the didactic curriculum and mentorship enhancing their skills in advanced research methodology, synthesis of scientific literature, statistical analysis, and scientific writing. During research blocks, fellows participate in clinical care for four hours (on average) per week. This includes Bellevue reproductive endocrinology and infertility and half days at NYU Langone Fertility Center or Tisch Hospital surgical service.
Year 3 Rotation Schedule
Year 3 consists of 12 months of research divided into 4 blocks of 3 months each. Fellows are evaluated at the end of each block. They also spend four hours per week on a clinical rotation at either NYU Langone Fertility Center or Tisch Hospital surgical service.
Fellows attend a weekly didactic conference targeting the knowledge guidelines provided by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. These conferences are directed by core reproductive endocrinology and infertility faculty members. Research design and methodology is also taught during didactic conferences. Additionally, fellows attend weekly departmental grand rounds and biweekly or monthly lunchtime journal clubs and conferences. All fellows and faculty participate in a biannual joint journal club with NYU Langone Fertility Center and IVI-RMA Global, which gives fellows a world-class forum in which to discuss groundbreaking research.
Fellows organize and teach didactic sessions for the medical student clerkship in obstetrics and gynecology, covering topics such as menopause, puberty, infertility, hirsutism, and endometriosis. They provide residents with three to four didactic sessions each year on topics such as the menstrual cycle, polycystic ovary syndrome, and review for the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology exam.
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellows meet regularly with the program director and assistant program director to discuss training progress and professional development. All fellows develop an academic portfolio by the end of their fellowship establishing a core for future academic endeavors.
Our fellows receive financial support and are given time to attend multiple educational events. These include the following meetings and conferences:
- Exxcellence in Clinical Research course
- Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellows’ retreat (first and third fellowship year)
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress and Expo
- European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology Annual Meeting
- Pacific Coast Reproductive Society Annual Meeting
- Frontiers in Reproductive Endocrinology
- Annual Oncofertility Consortium Conference
- NYU Grossman School of Medicine Departmental Research Day
How to Apply
Interviews take place in mid-September. We accept one fellow per year, and the fellowship starts in July.
To apply, provide the following required materials:
- three letters of recommendation (including one from your residency program director)
- a current CV
- a personal statement
- an official transcript from all medical schools attended and a copy of your diploma
- U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) transcript; include all attempts
- a passport-style 2 × 2 inches photograph
We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We only contact applicants about the possibility of an interview after all required materials are submitted. It is not necessary to submit separately any items that are already contained in your ERAS application.
Meet Our Current Fellows
Nirali S. Jain, MD
Hometown: Edison, NJ
Undergraduate school: Northwestern University
Medical school: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Areas of interest: oncofertility and fertility preservation
Why I chose NYU Langone: The outstanding faculty mentorship and research opportunities in combination with the busy clinical volume made this program the perfect fit for me.
Sarah D. Cascante, MD
Hometown: New York
Undergraduate school: Columbia University
Medical school: NYU School of Medicine
Residency: NYU School of Medicine
Areas of interest: fertility preservation, assisted reproductive technology, and clinical and translational research
Why I chose NYU Langone: for its immense academic, research, and clinical opportunities; brilliant, inspiring, and encouraging mentors; and warm community rooted in camaraderie and support.
Ashley Wiltshire, MD
Hometown: Kennesaw, GA
Undergraduate school: Georgia State University
Medical school: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Residency: Morehouse School of Medicine
Areas of interest: fertility preservation, health disparities, and genetics
Hobbies: traveling, Soca music, and Carnival
Why I chose NYU Langone: It offers diverse research opportunities, robust clinical experience, and a supportive faculty.
Jacquelyn Shaw, MD
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Undergraduate school: NYU Stern Undergraduate School of Business
Medical school: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency: NYU School of Medicine
Areas of interest: fertility preservation, assisted reproductive technology, surgical interventions, transgender health, and physician wellness
Hobbies: Traveling and running—usually chasing after my two boys!
Why I chose NYU Langone: The high volume experience with true fellowship engagement, in a very supportive environment.
To date, all previous graduates of our fellowship are practicing in the field of clinical reproductive medicine, and many hold academic leadership positions, some at NYU Langone.
Jennifer K. Blakemore, MD
Shannon M. DeVore, MD
Elizabeth Fino, MD
Eric Flisser, MD
Kara J. Goldman, MD
Brooke Hodes-Wertz, MD, MPH
Debbra A. Keegan, MD
Jaime Knopman, MD
Jason Kofinas, MD
Alexis Masbou, MD
Susan M. Maxwell, MD
Christine M. Mullin, MD
Andrea E. Reh, MD
Kate Melzer Ross, MD
Nidhee M. Sachdev, MD
Sheeva Talebian, MD
John Zhang, MD
For more information about the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship, please contact Luz-María Villa, fellowship coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-263-3897.