We are ready to begin an exciting new year at the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI). Last year under the leadership of Tom Price, SREI accomplished important goals of increasing membership, presenting certificates to new graduating fellows, and negotiating the way through the ERAS system for the fellow match. This year was also the year whereby ABOG fellowship training programs transitioned to the ACGME, which occurred relatively smoothly. We will be able to keep Program Directors informed of changes in the ACGME, which we can do because of the SREI Program Directors site of the SREI Discussion (formerly the SREI Forum). The SREI Forum has been very successful under the leadership of Lowell Ku.
The two main goals for SREI this year will be to bring research to the forefront and develop educational programs in genetics, which will be valuable to both fellows as well as our membership. With new presidential leadership in ASRM and SREI, we will align our forces and concentrate on research this year, which is the sole item of the ASRM Strategic Plan that remains to be fully addressed. SREI will have representation on the ASRM Research Task Force. We sent out a questionnaire to our SREI membership during the last year and you told us research is important. In fact, ~75% of SREI respondents are currently conducting research and in nearly half, the research topic is related to their fellowship thesis project! SREI funded grants to three individuals this past year all of whom have presented their work at national meetings and are working toward publication. The topics for these three grants were related to implantation—which are topics you told us were important and are top priorities of ASRM. We hope to continue to fund research in SREI and advance our other initiatives—the Park City Fellow Symposium, the NICHD Meeting for Young Investigators, the Society of Reproductive Surgeons Surgical Bootcamp, and the SREI Members Retreat at ASRM. I am very excited to lead SREI during the next year, and with your help, I hope we can engage our members to accomplish our goals and enhance the visibility of our society.
Lawrence C. Layman, M.D.
SREI President 2017-2018