Our clinician Sandro Graca is the first Acupuncturist in Ireland to become a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine!
The Vision of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is to be the nationally and internationally recognized leader for multidisciplinary information, education, advocacy and standards in the field of reproductive medicine.
The ASRM is a non-profit organization whose members must demonstrate the high ethical principles of the medical profession, evince an interest in infertility, reproductive medicine and biology, and adhere to the objectives of the Society.
Full list of Ireland based members of the ASRM
The ASRM is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine. The Society accomplishes its mission through the pursuit of excellence in education and research and through advocacy on behalf of patients, physicians, and affiliated health care providers.
The Society is committed to facilitating and sponsoring educational activities for the lay public and continuing medical education activities for professionals who are engaged in the practice of and research in reproductive medicine.
Complementary & Alternative Medicine Special Interest Group
The purpose of Complementary & Alternative Medicine Special Interest Group (CAMSIG) is to foster the growth of knowledge in this area of special interest among the ASRM membership and to provide a forum for exchange of ideas and information regarding CAM as it relates to reproductive medicine.
The CAMSIG supports the use of good quality research as a way to promote evidence-based CAM in order to further the integration, collaboration and mutual respect of physicians and CAM providers in the treatment of reproductive problems.
Sandro Graca is the first Acupuncturist in Ireland to be granted membership of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Having completed the Licentiate in Traditional Chinese Medicine and advanced clinical training in acupuncture at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Sandro proceeded to achieve the necessary training in gynaecology, endocrinology, and reproductive medicine in order to become a member of the Acupuncture Fertility Network.
Currently doing his MSc in Advanced Oriental Medicine (research and practice), Sandro’s area of interest and research revolves around gynaecology and reproductive endocrinology.
History and Purpose of the ASRM
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine was founded by a small group of fertility experts who met in Chicago in 1944. Distinguished members of ASRM have led the development of the field of reproductive medicine. They were the first physicians to perform many of the standard procedures used by fertility specialists today, including donor insemination and in vitro fertilization; they have developed new approaches to contraception and ovulation induction that are still in use; and they have helped form key legislation and fought for reproductive rights when public policy in reproductive matters did not exist.
Today, ASRM members reside in all 50 of the United States and in more than 100 other countries. The Society is multidisciplinary, with members including obstetrician/gynecologists, urologists, reproductive endocrinologists, embryologists, mental health professionals, internists, nurses, practice administrators, laboratory technicians, pediatricians, research scientists, and veterinarians.
The ASRM has an administrative office in Birmingham, Alabama, and a public affairs office in Washington, D.C. Policy is set by an elected Board of Directors and implemented by an Executive Director and an accomplished staff.
Since 1950, the ASRM has published Fertility and Sterility, a leading peer-reviewed medical journal in obstetrics and gynaecology. Additionally, the Society produces two newsletters, ASRM News, and Menopausal Medicine. Ethical concerns are published regularly by the Society’s Ethics Committee. To provide assistance about diagnostic and therapeutic dilemmas, the ASRM Practice Committee also produces timely reports in the form of guidelines, minimum standards, committee opinions, and technical and educational bulletins. Also published are the ASRM Patient Education Committee’s Patient Information Series booklets and Patient Fact Sheets, which are designed to help the patient understand the complexities of reproductive disorders and their treatment. In addition, ASRM administers an awards program designed to foster the development of academic careers and research training.
Legislation and public policy are addressed by the J. Benjamin Younger Office of Public Affairs, which works to make the ASRM’s views on reproductive medicine issues known on both state and federal levels. To date, the Society has been instrumental in supporting the establishment of contraceptive and infertility research centers by the National Institutes of Health and programs that support research in reproductive medicine such as menopause and women’s health. Working with both the media and the public, the J. Benjamin Younger Office of Public Affairs has participated in several educational outreach programs to promote better understanding of reproductive issues and practices.
Advancing Reproductive Medicine Through Education, Research, and Advocacy
Advanced Reproductive Care, Inc. is the nation’s largest network of fertility clinics, with clinics in the network performing over one quarter of all IVF cycles nationally. Founded by Dr. David Adamson, who is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist, ARC has been providing treatment options that have helped tens of thousands of people build their families since 1997. The physicians who are part of the ARC network have committed to providing high quality patient care and support services by following ASRM practice and ethics guidelines.
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