Curriculum for passing the theoretic part of the ESHRE Nurse/midwife Certificate

Last update: 12 October 2017

A. Physiology of spontaneous conception

A.1. In vivo sperm and egg transport
A.2. In vivo oocyte maturation
A.3. In vivo Fertilization
A.4. In vivo implantation

B. Epidemiology of infertility

B.1. Causes
B.2. Prevalence
B.3. Definitions
B.4. Epigenetics
B.5. Fertility (treatment-)prognosis
B.6. Embryo transfer policies and multiples

C. Female reproduction

C.1. Development of the female reproductive tract
C.2. Anatomy of the female reproductive system
C.3. Physiology of the female reproductive system
   C.3.1. Endocrinology and the menstrual cycle
   C.3.2. Function of the organs
   C.3.3. Oogenesis
   C.3.4. The oocyte
C.4. Diagnosis of the female reproductive system
   C.4.1. Medical History Taking
   C.4.2. Physical and gynecological examination
   C.4.3. Endocrine analysis
   C.4.4. Gynecological ultrasound
   C.4.5. Imaging of uterine cavity and tubal patency (i.e. HSG, saline, gel, oil or foam HyCoSy)
   C.4.6. Hysteroscopy
   C.4.7. Laparoscopy/endoscopy
   C.4.8. Endometrial Biopsy
C.5 Ultrasound scans
C.6. Diagnosing and treating pathology of the female reproductive system
   C.6.1. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
   C.6.2. Endometriosis
   C.6.3. Premature Ovarian Insufficiency
   C.6.4. Tubal pathology
   C.6.5. Uterine malformations
   C.6.6. Other
C.7. General pathology interfering with female fertility(treatment)

D. Male reproduction

D.1. Development of the male reproductive tract
D.2. Anatomy of the male reproductive system
D.3. Physiology of the male reproductive system
   D.3.1. Endocrinology
   D.3.2. Function of the organs
   D.3.3. Spermatogenesis
   D.3.4. The spermatozoa
D.4. Diagnosis of the male reproductive system
   D.4.1. Medical History Taking
   D.4.2. Physical examination
   D.4.3. Assessments of the sperm sample based on WHO guidelines
   D.4.4. Endocrine analysis
   D.4.5. Ultrasound of the testis and/or prostate
D.5. Pathology of the male reproductive system
   D.5.1. Obstructive azoospermia
   D.5.2. Non-obstructive azoospermia
   D.5.3. Varicocoele
   D.5.4. Other
D.6. General pathology interfering with male fertility(treatment)

E. Clinical fertility treatments

E.1. Surgical treatment
E.2. Ovulation induction
E.3. Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI)
   E.3.1. Controlled Ovarian Stimulation
   E.3.2. Basic principles
   E.3.3. Types of medication
   E.3.4. Stimulation regimes
   E.3.5. Insemination
E.4. In Vitro Fertilisation and Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (IVF/ICSI)
   E.4.1. Controlled Ovarian Stimulation
   E.4.2. Basic principles
   E.4.3. Types of medication
   E.4.4. Stimulation regimes
   E.4.5. Oocyte retrieval
   E.4.6. Embryo transfer
   E.4.7. Pain relief
E.5. Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) cycles
   E.5.1. Monitoring and timing of the FET-cycle
   E.5.2. Natural cycles and stimulated cycles
E.6. Surgical treatments for sperm retrieval in the male patient
   E.6.1. PESA (Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiratie)
   E.6.2. MESA (Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration)
   E.6.3. TESE (Testicular Sperm Extraction)
E.7. Third party reproduction
   E.7.1. Oocyte donation
   E.7.2. Sperm donation
   E.7.3. Embryo donation
   E.7.4. Surrogacy
E.8. Fertility preservation
E.9. Non-routine methods
   E.9.1. In Vitro Maturation (IVM)
   E.9.2. Pre-implantation genetic Screening (PGS)
   E.9.3. Assisted Hatching (AHA)
   E.9.4. Time Lapse
   E.9.5. Trophectoderm Biopsy

F. Lab Medical Assisted Reproduction (MAR)-procedures

F.1. Sperm preparation for IUI, IVF, ICSI
F.2. Slow freezing and vitrification
F.3. ICSI
F.4. IVF

G. Embryology

G.1. Mitosis and meiosis
G.2. Fertilization and zygotes
G.3. Morphology and cleavage of the embryo
G.4. Implantation of the embryo

H. Genetics

H.1. Genotype and phenotype
H.2. Chromosomal abnormalities: numerical, structural
H.3. Genetic analysis of the intended parents
H.4. Basic methods: cytogenetics (karyotyping, FISH,..), molecular genetics (PCR, …)
H.5. Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics (PGD)
H.6. Epigenetics/imprinting

I. Early pregnancy

I.1. Endocrinology of early pregnancy
I.2. Pregnancy test
I.3. Ultrasound scanning (sacs, heartbeat)
I.4. Early pregnancy failures
   I.4.1. Ectopic pregnancies
   I.4.2. Recurrent early pregnancy loss

J. Quality of care

J.1. Quality assurance
   J.1.1. ISO-quality management
   J.1.2. Quality indicators (structure, process, outcome)
   J.1.3. If/ how/when to implement new procedures

J.2. European legislation
   J.2.1. Infection screening
   J.2.2. Laboratory conditions

J.4. Patient-Centered Care in daily practice
   J.4.1. Human and system factors of patient-centered care
   J.4.2. Informed and shared decision making

K. Psychosocial wellbeing of and support for patients

K.1. Psychosocial care in fertility clinics: patient preferences and well-being
K.2. Psychosocial care of patients before treatment
K.3. Psychosocial care of patients during treatment
K.4. Psychosocial care of patients after treatment

L. Lifestyle, age and infertility

L.1. Lifestyle advice
L.2. The effect of age on fertility(treatment) 

M. Research

M.1. Literature research skills
M.2. Basic principles of quantitative and qualitative research
M.3. Informed consent and other procedures for protecting research
M.4. Collecting quantitative data

N. Safety of fertility treatment

N.1. Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome risk
N.2. Cancer risks for intended mothers
N.2. Risks for future children