Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellowship

Since 2001, the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at NYU Langone has offered an ACGME-accredited three-year fellowship that leads to board certification in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). The fellowship is directed by Dr. Fredrick Licciardi (Program Director) and Dr. M. Elizabeth Fino (Associate Program Director) and accepts one fellow per year.

Fellows receive advanced training with our world-class team of reproductive endocrinologists, pediatric endocrinologists, gynecologists specializing in menopausal medicine, urologists, geneticists, embryologists, and andrologists at locations including NYU Langone Fertility Center, NYU Langone Health, and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.

Fellows spend most of their clinical time at NYU Langone Fertility Center, where approximately 1900 ART cycles are performed annually. NYU Langone Fertility Center is an active referral center for oocyte cryopreservation, pre-implantation genetic screening and diagnosis, and medical fertility preservation and also features an on –site research lab. REI fellows are fully integrated into the practice of reproductive endocrinology and infertility in our center and graduate fully prepared to become leaders in their field, both clinically and academically. The NYU Langone Fertility center joined the Prelude network in 2018. Prelude’s national network of fertility clinics have a long history of pioneering scientific advances. The Prelude network provides the opportunity for our fellows to become involved in large evidence-based research initiatives across the country. A new facility for the obstetrics and gynecology department, including NYU Langone Fertility Center, is currently in design phase and coming soon.

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Training Experience

As a fellow, you work alongside faculty from the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, gaining intensive clinical training in reproductive endocrinology, reproductive surgery, assisted reproductive technology, medical endocrinology, embryology, andrology, and genetics. The mission of the fellowship is to provide outstanding clinical, surgical and ART experiences, through a range of supervised interactions, so as to ensure the development of competent, compassionate and well-rounded reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialists. Our fellows are fully integrated into our clinical practice, providing them with a hands-on comprehensive experience. All approved fellowship research initiatives are fully financially supported. Our fellows graduate with all the necessary tools to become leaders in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

NYU fellows start their training with Clinical Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the fertility center. This consists of ART monitoring, ART procedures including retrievals and transfers, intrauterine inseminations, and clinical office visits and procedures. One day per week is devoted to reproductive surgery including hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, laparotomy, and robotics. While formal research rotations do not begin until the second year, fellows are provided the opportunity to participate in research in their first year and Research Design and Methodology is formally taught in didactic conferences led by Dr. David McCullough, PhD, assistant lab director and statistician.

The second year of fellowship begins with 6 months of elective rotation time. During this time, the fellows rotate through Andrology/Embryology laboratory, Pediatric Endocrinology, Medical Endocrinology, Urology, Genetics and Menopausal Medicine. Additionally, the 2nd year fellow oversees the Bellevue Hospital REI continuity clinic under the supervision of REI faculty. This unique experience allows the fellow to be the primary caregiver for patients, supervise residents and interact with a multidisciplinary team providing fertility care in an underserved population.

The elective rotations in 2nd year offer unique flexibility, allowing fellows to seek and be supported along individualized training tracks. Each fellow’s education plan can be individualized to emphasize a special area of interest. Our past fellows have chosen different tracks including: Robotic surgery, Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation and Masters in Embryology and Andrology.

The Research rotation commences in January of the 2nd year and continues through graduation. During this time fellows have 18 consecutive months of research with an average of ½ clinical day per week.

View the calendar of rotations

To date, all previous graduates of the NYULMC REI fellowship are practicing in the field of clinical reproductive medicine and eligible candidates have passed their REI boards.

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Call Schedule

Fellows take on call- duty all 3 years of fellowship approximately every 3rd-4th weekend with REI faculty members. Call duty is limited to Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, with no general Ob/Gyn coverage.

Research Opportunities for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellows

The fellowship is supported by a strong faculty with a broad range of clinical and research interests.

Fellows engage in research opportunities in our state of the art laboratories including embryology, andrology, and endocrinology, as well as collaborate with several research laboratories throughout NYU Langone Health. Fellows’ research efforts are funded through NYU Langone Fertility Center, NYU Langone Health, and additional sources for basic science and translational research are available.

Fellows mentor residents and medical students in the department of Ob/Gyn and significantly contribute to the division’s publication efforts. All fellows are financially supported to travel and present their research locally and nationally. They have received numerous awards including Scientific Program Prize Paper Nominations in 2016 and 2017 and Prize Paper Award in 2017 (MTOR Inhibitors Preserve Fertility in a Murine Model: A Novel Pharmacological Approach to Fertility Preservation During Gonadotoxic Chemotherapy  K. N. Goldman, D. Chenette; D. L. Keefe, J. Grifo, R. J. Schneider; New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY).

Prior Fellow Thesis Projects:

  • 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)
  • 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 (Jason Kofinas, 2016)
  • Inhibitors of the Mammalian Target of Rapomycin (MTOR) Pathway to Prevent Follicle Loss and Protect Ovarian Reserve (Kara Goldman, 2015)

In addition to their thesis project, our fellows are nationally recognized for their research productivity as demonstrated by their robust list of publications.

Education and Professional Development for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellows

Reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellows take on teaching responsibilities for residents and medical students and learn to become academic mentors.

Fellows are tasked with organizing and teaching didactic sessions for the ObGyn medical student clerkship, covering topics such as menopause, puberty, infertility, hirsutism, and endometriosis. They also provide residents with 3-4 didactic sessions each year with topics such as the menstrual cycle, PCOS, and CREOG review.

Fellows have a weekly didactic conference directed by core REI faculty members targeting the knowledge guidelines provided by ABOG for REI training. Additionally, they meet with the PD and APD weekly. Biweekly or monthly lunchtime journal clubs/conferences are also regularly attended by the fellows and provide the opportunity to invite guest speakers with specific expertise in the field of REI to lecture and share their experience with our team. Additionally, all fellows and faculty participate in a biannual joint Journal Club with NYU Langone Fertility Center and IVI-RMA Global, providing our fellows a world class forum to discuss ground breaking research.

Our fellows are financially supported and given time to attend multiple educational conferences including:

  • Excellence in Clinical Research
  • SREI Fellows’ Retreat (1st and 3rd year)
  • ASRM Annual Meeting and Pre Congress Courses
  • ESHRE Annual Meeting
  • PCRS Annual Meeting
  • Frontiers in Reproductive Endocrinology
  • The Oncofertility Consortium Annual Meeting
  • NYU Departmental Research Day
  • Weekly Department Grand Rounds and ICR

How to Apply

We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service. We accept applications for the July 2020 fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility from December 2018 through May 2019. Please check ERAS for the official deadline. Interviews take place in mid-September.

To apply, provide the following required materials:

  1. Three letters of recommendation (one from Program Director)
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Personal statement
  4. Official transcript from all medical schools attended and copy of diploma
  5. USMLE transcript including all attempts
  6. Passport style photograph 2x2
  7. CREOG scores

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. For more information about the fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, contact La’Nese Engram, fellowship coordinator, at la’nese.engram@nyulangone.org or 212-263-0038.

Meet Our Current Fellows

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 in OBGYN: Fertility preservation, assisted reproductive technology, surgical interventions, transgender health, physician wellness
Hobbies: Traveling, running - usually chasing after my two boys!
Why I chose NYU: The high volume experience with true fellowship engagement, in a very supportive environment

Nicole Yoder, MD
Hometown: Iowa City, IA
Undergraduate School: University of Iowa
Medical School: Weill Cornell Medical College
Residency: Yale
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: Fertility preservation, transgender medicine
Hobbies: Hiking with my dog and traveling whenever I have the chance
Why I chose NYU: I had a wonderful interview day and was very impressed by the people here, as well as the many training and research opportunities

Jennifer Blakemore, MD
Hometown: Lower Merion, PA
Undergraduate School: Cornell University
Medical School: Perleman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Residency: NYU School of Medicine
Areas of Interest in OBGYN: Assisted Reproductive Technology, Fertility Preservation, Physician Wellness, Medical Education, Clinical and Translational Research
Hobbies: Performing Arts, hanging with my two kids!
Why I chose NYU: the incredibly supportive and inspiring mentors, the support they provided, and the residents and fellows who made training feel like family