Fertility memberships, accreditations and certifications
When it comes to reproductive medicine, accreditations and certifications matter. Midwest Reproductive Center is a member of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). Our statistics are reported annually to this society and are published on its website. Dr. Gehlbach is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI).
The Midwest Reproductive Center embryology laboratory is a state of the art facility and is certified by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Our andrology laboratory is accredited by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).
SART is the primary organization of professionals dedicated to the practice of assisted reproductive technologies (ART- IVF)) in the United States. Major functions of SART include yearly data collection of IVF outcomes from its member clinics, as well as maintaining a close association with the Centers for Disease Control to accurately report these outcomes. SART represents 85% of the ART clinics in the U.S. In addition to reporting ART outcomes to the public on its website, SART sets practice guidelines and standards and interacts with the federal government by acting as an overseer of ART in this country. This helps to protect our patients. SART plays a major role in quality assurance, and as a SART member clinic, Midwest Reproductive Center not only follows the requirements of submitting yearly statistics to SART but also of maintaining accreditation of our laboratory by CAP/ASRM (the College of American Pathologists/American Society for Reproductive Medicine). This involves periodic inspections, to be sure that the highest standards are maintained.
SREI (Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility) and SART (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology) are affiliate societies of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
Membership in SRE requires specialty training in the areas of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. This requires four years of medical school after an undergraduate education, followed by a four year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. The final course of training involves a two or three year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, which includes experience in ultrasonography, ovulation induction, IVF, laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery, surgery for treatment of fibroids, and microsurgery. An important aspect of the training also includes assessment and treatment of hormonal disorders, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, premature menopause, and recurrent miscarriage.
Once the fellowship has been completed, the specialist must pass board certification examinations in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in order to qualify for membership in SREI. Board certification must be maintained on an annual basis through required assessment procedures.
Dr. Gehlbach is a board certified reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist and is a member of SREI.
What is the College of American Pathologists?
The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is an internationally recognized program and the only one of its kind that utilizes teams of practicing laboratory professionals as inspectors. Designed to go well beyond regulatory compliance, the program helps laboratories achieve the highest standards of excellence to positively impact patient care.
The program is based on rigorous accreditation standards that are translated into detailed and focused checklist requirements. The checklists, which provide a quality practice blueprint for laboratories to follow, are used by the inspection teams as a guide to assess the overall management and operation of the laboratory.
The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program meets the needs of a variety of laboratory settings from complex university medical centers to physician office laboratories. The program also covers a complete array of disciplines and testing procedures. Because of its comprehensive nature, CAP accreditation can help achieve a consistently high level of service throughout an institution or healthcare system.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has granted the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program deeming authority. It is also recognized by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and can be used to meet many state certification requirements. The CAP also provides laboratory accreditation to forensic urine drug testing and reproductive laboratories, co-sponsored with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulates all laboratory testing (except research) performed on humans in the U.S. through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). In total, CLIA covers approximately 200,000 laboratory entities. The Division of Laboratory Services, within the Survey and Certification Group, under the Center for Medicaid and State Operations (CMSO) has the responsibility for implementing the CLIA Program.