LIVE & VIRTUAL OPTIONS  |  55 CME Credits

Learn more about the course faculty and each module below.All modules offer a live replay, with a course start date of  July 13 2024.  Download the course outline for more detailed breakdowns and dates.

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Module 1 : An Overview of PCOS

Instructor:Tracey Parnell, MD, MRM
Date:  July 13, 2024: 06:00-10:00 PDT (14:00-18:00 GMT+1 London, UK)
Location:Online
CME credit: 6.0*

Learn to understand PCOS’s prevalence, diagnostic criteria, and diverse pathophysiological mechanisms while exploring its genetic and environmental contributors.  Refine standard diagnostic criteria by applying Restorative Reproductive Medicine features and categorising PCOS types according to WHO criteria and other relevant classifications.

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Module 2 : Complications of PCOS

Instructor: Maria Wolfs, MD, MHSc, FRCPC.
Date:July 13 2024: 11:00-13:00 PDT (19:00-21:00 GMT+1 London, UK)
Location: Online
CME credit: 4.0*

Reivew the increased risk of various diseases faced by PCOS patients and understand the underlying pathophysiological connections between PCOS and these conditions. Explore how RRM treatments address these risks by targeting underlying pathologies, and consider the potential implications of weight loss challenges on long-term health. Discuss how standard suppressive treatments or Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) may exasperate long-term risks associated with PCOS management for some patients.

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Module 3 : RRM Charting

Instructors: Carolyn Plican, FCP. Craig Turczynski, PhD.
Date: August 7, 2024:  09:00-11:00 PDT (17:00-19:00 GMT+1 London, UK)
Location: Allard Hall, UBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Online option: Zoom video conference.
CME credit: 4.0*

Understand the complexities of Cycle Charting pertinent to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), including total length, bleeding patterns, luteal and follicular phases, temperatures, and hormonal patterns. Learn to identify critical indicators through sample chart analysis, including cervical fluid-based, symptom-thermal, and symptom-hormonal methods. Learn how to support and work with fertility educators in effectively screening for PCOS and ongoing management to enhance patient care.

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Module 4 : Diagnosing PCOS

Instructors: Tracey Parnell, MD, MRM., Kevin McCarthy, MD, CFCMC
Date:August 7, 2024:  11:00-13:00 PDT (19:00-21:00 GMT+1 London, UK)
Location: Allard Hall, UBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Online option:Zoom video conference.
CME credit: 4.0*

Identify common clinical features across PCOS subtypes, conducting and interpreting Ferriman-Galway hirsutism exams, discussing tests for insulin resistance and interpreting results using HOMA-IR and Matsuda calculations, recognizing signs of androgen excess and insulin resistance during clinical exams, utilizing screening questionnaires effectively, and understanding the importance of Cycle Charting in timing and interpreting lab tests accurately for PCOS diagnosis.

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Module 5 : Review of Medication used in PCOS

Instructors: Maria Bizečki,  BSP ACPR CFCPhC
Date: August 7, 2024:  14:00-16:00 PDT (22:00-00:00 GMT+1 London, UK)
Location: Allard Hall, UBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Online option: Zoom video conference.
CME credit:4.0*

Gain a comprehensive understanding of medication use for treating various aspects of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), including insulin resistance, hyperandrogenism, cycle irregularity, inflammation, and endorphin issues.  Learn indications, mechanisms of action, contra-indications, and common side effects associated with each medication category. Additionally, review the advantages and disadvantages of off-label medication use and the recommended documentation before initiating treatment.

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Module 6 : Mental Health, Mood and Eating Disorders in PCOS

Date:August 8, 2024: 09:00-11:00 PDT (17:00-19:00 GMT+1 London, UK)
Instructor: Kathleen Copeland, MSPH
Location: Allard Hall, UBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Online option: Zoom video conference.
CME credit: 4.0*

Review the relationship between PCOS and mental health conditions such as eating disorders, PMS, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.  Learn standardized screenings, and assessment tools for eating disorders and other mood disorders and educate patients on the importance of documenting mood symptoms in conjunction with Cycle Charting to identify possible hormonal influences and tailor appropriate treatment. Individualize and adjust treatment plans based on mental screenings and progress.

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Module 7: Sleep Disorders in PCOS: Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Strategies

Instructors: Lynn Keenan, MD. Tracey Parnell, MD, MRM.
Date: August 8, 2024: 11:00-13:00 PDT (19:00-21:00 GMT+1 London, UK)
Location: Allard Hall, UBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Online option:Zoom video conference.
CME credit: 4.0*

Understand the links between different sleep disorders and PCOS, emphasizing the importance of screening for these conditions. Learn to correctly utilize various sleep screening tools in assessing PCOS patients and effectively communicate to patients an overview of RRM treatment modalities for sleep disorders.

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Module 8: Microbiome in PCOS

Instructors: Volodymyr Artyomenko, MD, PhD, DSc (Med).
Date: August 8, 2024: 14:00-16:00 PDT (22:00-24:00 GMT+1 London, UK)
Location: Allard Hall, UBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Online option: Zoom video conference.
CME credit: 4.0*

Explore the microbiome and its significance on health, particularly in the context of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), and how microbiome changes may influence the development or exacerbation of the disease. Review methods for evaluating and testing the microbiome in PCOS patients and explore the latest advancements in microbiome research which are leading to potential innovative treatment options for PCOS.

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Module 9: Standardized Patients

Instructors: Phil Boyle, MD., Ulrika Drevniok, RN(C), MScA., Mary Ellen Haggerty, MD.,  Craig Turczynski, PhD., Kevin McCarthy, MD, CFCMC.
Date: August 7 & 8, 2024: 16:30 – 17:30 PDT (24:30-01:30 GMT+1 London, UK).
Location: Allard Hall, UBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Online option: Zoom video conference.
CME credit: 2.0*.

Utilizing standardized patients and an illustrative genetic case study, participants can confidently apply what they learned for practical application to practice and determine an appropriate treatment plan for PCOS patients, including Cycle Charting and recommendations based on individualized assessments.

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Module 10: Nutrition & Lifestyle

Date: September 21, 2024: 06:00-09:00 PDT (14:00-17:00 GMT+1 London, UK)
Location: Online
Instructor: Kathleen Copeland, MSPH
CME credit: 5.0*

Review the impact of diet on insulin, inflammation, and gut health in PCOS patients, highlighting personalized dietary modifications based on standardized assessments. Discuss the role of physical activity in PCOS and strategies for supporting patients’ incorporation of physical activity into daily life. Address challenges faced by many PCOS patients in weight management and suggest effective strategies to assist them. Review the effects of smoking, alcohol consumption, and environmental factors on PCOS symptoms and perform standardized assessments to assess risk.

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Module 11: Supplements

Instructors: Maria Bizečki, BSP, ACPR, CFCPhC.
Date:September 21, 2024: 1:00-3:00 PDT (17:00-19:00 GMT+1 London, UK)
Location: Online
CME credit:4.0*

Explore the indications, mechanisms of action, contraindications, and common side effects associated with supplement use to address insulin resistance, hyperandrogenism, cycle irregularity, inflammation, endorphin and other symptoms in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) patients.  Review the pros and cons of different supplement usage and the necessary documentation recommended prior to initiating treatment.

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Module 12: PCOS through the Life Cycle

Instructors: Tracey Parnell, MD, MRM.
Date: October 19, 2024: 06:00-08:00 PDT (14:00-16:00 GMT+1 London, UK)
Location: Online
CME credit: 4.0*

Examine the evolving nature of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) across various stages of a patient’s life. Address the challenges with diagnosing PCOS in adolescent or menopausal patients and review what criteria may help with diagnosis. Explore what tools are available for guiding diagnosis and timing treatments in patients without cycles due to hysterectomy.

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Module 13: PCOS and Fertility

Instructors: Tracey Parnell, MD, MRM.
Date: October 19, 2024: 08:30-12:30 PDT (16:30-20:30 GMT+1 London, UK)
Location: Online
CME credit:6.0*

Review the prevalence of PCOS among sub-fertile patients and how its underlying pathophysiology contributes.  Review medical and surgical interventions available for PCOS patients and formulate treatment plans for PCOS infertility patients.  Identify and address challenges associated with ovulation induction in PCOS cases and describe potential complications associated with PCOS during pregnancy.

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Module 14: Standardized Fertility Patients

Instructors: Mary Ellen Haggerty, MD, Kevin McCarthy, MD, CFCMC., Tracey Parnell, MD, MRM.
Date: October 19, 2024: 16:30 – 17:30 PDT (24:30 – 01:30 GMT+1 London, UK)
Online option: Zoom video conference.
CME credit: 2.0*

Utilizing standardized patients, clinicians will learn to conduct a comprehensive infertility history tailored specifically for patients with PCOS using standardized patients and develop appropriate treatment plans for these patients, integrating information from Cycle Charting. Adjust and monitor patients throughout pregnancy and understand the significance of the STORRM registry in managing and systematically tracking data and outcomes.

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Plan to join us at UBC on August 7 & 8?

We are pleased to have secured discounted accommodation through UBC on campus but space is limited and going fast!

Ensure you book your accommodation early.

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Thursday Evening Reception

Staying Thursday evening for the International Scientific & Clinical Congress for RRM?  Join colleagues and friends for a complimentary reception in Allard Hall as IIRRM marks their official opening of the 20th Congress for Restorative Reproductive Medicine.

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Dr. Tracey Parnell

RRMaP Medical Director

A Canadian physician and researcher with a passion for reproductive medicine that empowers patients and providers. She was the Quality Improvement Sector Lead for the Rural Coordination Centre of BC, which works on behalf of the Joint Standing Committee, an entity that advises the BC government and the BC Medical Association. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia and the Director of Communications and Development for the IIRRM.

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Dr. Lynn Keenan

Past Program Director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship at UCSF in California, Dr. Keenan is board-certified in Sleep Medicine and Internal Medicine. Her research interests are the impact of sleep disorders on fertility and pregnancy, as well as physician fatigue. She currently serves on the IRRMA Board of Directors and has been practicing RRM for over 20 years.

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Dr. Maria Wolfs

Endocrinologist and Clinician Educator at St. Michael’s Hospital and Program Director for Adult Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Toronto. Her clinical and research interests are in Medical Education and Endocrine Disorders in Pregnancy.

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Dr. Craig Turczynski

Craig Turczynski holds a Ph.D. in Physiology of Reproduction and went on to become an Assistant Professor of ObGyn at Louisiana State University Medical School-Shreveport where he developed and directed their clinical hormone, andrology, and IVF laboratories. After 7 years he left the IVF field, due to conflicts with the aggressive use of the technology and subsequently received training in the Creighton Model and the Billings Ovulation Method®. To rekindle his science career, Craig has completed the FEMM medical management training, conducted a fellowship in restorative reproductive medicine with Dr Phil Boyle, and recertified as an andrology laboratory scientist.

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Ms. Maria Bizečki

After completing her degree at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, Maria received her Pharmacy Hospital Residency Certificate from the Foothills Medical Centre and practiced for 18 years as a clinical poison and drug information specialist. She is both a Creighton Model Fertility Practitioner and FertilityCare Pharmacist Consultant and the founder of FertilityCare Calgary

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Dr. Volodymyr Artyomenko

Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Odessa National Medical University and Odessa Maternity Hospital #5 in Ukraine. Dr. Artyomenko has completed fellowship training in Ultrasound Diagnostics, Child and Adolescent Gynecology, and Gynaecological Oncology. He holds a Master’s Degree in medical and pharmaceutical management and a PhD in Science.  After serving several years as Chairman and Director at Ukraine Department of Simulation Medicine and Educational-Innovation Center for the Physicians’ Practical Training at Odessa National Medical University he now trains residents and postgraduate OB/GYN specialists.

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Dr. Phil Boyle

Family physician and founder of NeoFertility, where he currently serves as director. Based in Dulin, Ireland, Dr. Boyle has over 25 years of clinical experience with infertility, recurrent miscarriage and women’s health, and has treated over 3000 successful pregnancies, including many with chronic infertility, prior failed IVF and repeated miscarriage. He has published on RRM outcomes as well as estradiol and DHEA. View list of publications on ORCHID.

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Ms. Ulrika Drevniok

Ulrika Drevniok is a registered nurse and has worked in mental, women’s and adolescent health for over 10 years. She is the Education Manager at FEMM. FEMM (Fertility Education + Medical Management) is a knowledge- and science-based reproductive health program for women which teaches them to identify, track, and comprehend changes in their bodies that are relevant to their health and fertility.

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Ms. Carolyn Plican

Carolyn Plican is a Western Canadian Creighton Model FertilityCare Practitioner, and founder of the Fertility Care Centre of Edmonton. Teaching hundreds of couples from 2007 – 2020, assisting delivery of the Miscarriage Prevention Program, and her degree in Business & Data Analytics have culminated in an intense interest in utilization of biometric data to support women on their fertility journey, and the RRM clinicians that serve them. She has been involved in multiple Canadian start-ups in the Femtech field, including My Fertility Labs as CBDO, and Your Endo Clinic, Inc.

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Register early!  Last day to register to attend the first module live is July 10 2024.