Finally I have a chance to sit down and share with you all about my SMART ART IX experience. I feel like I should tell you in one post about the actual seminar and in another about the Vegas experience. (Yes, I did manage to take in a couple of shows and have a great time revisiting some of the larger casinos! Thanks Sarah and Robert!!) But for now I am going to concentrate on the SMART ART Symposium.
First I have to say I was thrilled to be awarded one of four Best Community Outreach and Education Awards for my work with Robert Terenzio on the Infertility Answers, Inc. website. Not only had I already been awarded a travel stipend to attend the symposium, I was presented with a beautiful crystal bowl. (Unfortunately it smashed to smithereens on the way to Seattle from Vegas but I saved a piece and it makes a great paperweight!)
For the professionals who may be reading, SMART ART is not to be missed. It is a symposium aimed at nurses and healthcare professionals involved in the management of infertility patients to learn about new procedures and counseling techniques. The entire 3 days is supported by an educational grant from Organon and sponsored by Letters and Sciences. THANK YOU!! There were 450 openings and it was free to register.
The speakers were the best of the best and I truly took away some very important information that I hope to share with you here and on the IA website. The Agenda for Thursday the 14th, which was the longest day of the symposium, went something like this: New Frontiers in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology), Advances in Epigenetics, Stem Cell Research: Tactics for a New Age, the Luncheon Roundtables which I was happy to host "Demystifying Gestational Surrogacy and the Agency's Role", Clinical Updates, Hormones in ART 101, GnRH Analogues in ART, Predicting Treatment Response and IVF Laboratory Procedure Update! Wooohoooo! Yes! That was the 1st day! But that alone should give you a taste of the quality of educational materials at this seminar.
Not only nurses attended...attorneys and surrogacy agency owners, egg and sperm donation agency's were represented and of course, many people associated with the infertility clinics and psychologists offices. There were people from all over the country and Canada. It was great sharing ideas during breakfast, lunch and breaks!
The 2nd and 3rd day covered topics such as Psychosocial Patient Issues and Childhood Development Outcomes, Talking to Patients about the Impact of Infertility and ART on Sexual Health, How Patients can Enhance their Relationships During Infertility, Update on Male Infertility, Treating Patients at High-Risk OHSS, and the Keynote Address- Infertility Above the Waist: Inside Patients Hearts and Minds!
This is the 3rd SMART ART that I have attended and it was well worth it! And I am planning to attend SMART ART X next year. I hope to report on some of the topics that I listed and if you have one in particular that you would like to know more about please e-mail me.