Showing posts with label START ART. Show all posts
Showing posts with label START ART. Show all posts

Thursday, January 28, 2016

How Surrogacy and Egg Donation Agency Owners Fail: Lack of Continuing Education

There is no School of Surrogacy and Egg Donation. (or of any donation for that matter) There are no ‘how to run an agency’ classes out there, unless you hire LaMothe Services, LLC, but that is beside the point. You won’t find any courses offered at your local University or Community College on how to start an agency, run a donation program or serve your Intended Parents. We are just not that mainstreamed yet…sorry to say it. So when I talk about continuing your education I am talking about reaching out, taking the initiative and attending seminars and conferences that will allow you to become more knowledgeable in your field. The field of Third Party Family Building.

A great example is START ART which is an annual REI Nursing Congress. START ART stands for Scientific & Therapeutic Approaches to Assisted Reproductive Technology. (Every August) I found this great seminar about 15 years ago (when it was called SMART ART). It offers CNE’s (Continuing Nursing Education Certification.) Although I don’t need the nursing credits I know that this is a great learning experience for me and my peers.  The networking opportunities are wonderful as well! This is a two and a half day seminar in Las Vegas. Is it worth the time and money! Yes! Do *I* come back to my office with useful information and energized by those I interacted with? Again, Yes! Am I getting paid to promote START ART? NO! But you should attend next year! (I will announce it on my blog. Subscribe so you won’t miss it!)

Another not to be missed conference is the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s annual meeting in October this year. The ASRM holds an annual meeting every year and as an agency owner you should already be a member. The program is jam-packed with useful sessions and this year it’s being held in Salt Lake City October 15-19th. Because thousands of people from all over the world attend, this is a great learning and networking opportunity! (again, I am not being paid to promote the ASRM annual meeting however I will be attending as usual.)


Personally I tend to lean toward the mental health portion of this meeting. I also belong to the Mental Health Professional Group and will be attending their usual Saturday evening welcoming dinner. (Again, meeting people in person where, for most of the year, we might only interact via the Internet). I don’t want to forget to mention Postgraduate Courses on both Saturday and Sunday before the conference.In 2011 I was a part of the faculty focusing on The Psychology and Ethics of Marketing a Mental Health Practice in Infertility with the chair being William Petock, Ph.D. and Jeffery Barnett, Psy.D. It was a very rewarding undertaking!

Another, newer conference is also available via The Society for Ethics for Egg Donation and Surrogacy (SEEDS). This is a nonprofit group created for all U.S. agencies to have a voice in defining a set of ethical standards for egg donation and surrogacy programs. The registration is now open February 26 and 27, 2016 in Long Beach CA. CEs for professionals. Debate, controversy, esteemed speakers, discussion, networking, professional development, shmoozing, fun, food, and more. Go to, then click on EVENTS to register.

Ok…so is your business going to FAIL if you don’t attend these (or other) conferences? No…you can get by without traveling a half a continent away. Learning about what’s happening in the legal arena, the clinics, and in the ART world of mental health is always educational. But attending these and other seminars and workshops will reassure your clients that you invest in yourself and your agency and are knowledgeable about what is going on ‘out there’ in the field of Infertility today! (Plus you get out of the office! See the world! And meet new people! A win-win situation!)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Are You Ready for START ART 2013 in Las Vegas?

This STARTART Congress will be held August 8-10, 2013 at:
Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel
3400 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV

For your convenience, a direct link to reservations at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel is available on our website at Enter the group code STRSTRA to receive the discounted rate of $99 + tax. Reservations can also be made by calling toll free 800-750-0980 or locally 702-784-5700. Refer to the STARTART Room Block.

I hope to see you there!!
Sharon LaMothe

Thursday, April 7, 2011

It's Time to Register for START ART (formally SMART ART)!!

Infertility is a challenging and rewarding field of nursing, and one that is evolving rapidly and dramatically, requiring nurses and other healthcare practitioners to constantly remain current with the latest state-of–the ART technology. Those in practice, as well as nurses in transition, accept that this ever changing arena requires an ongoing commitment to pursue new information, techniques, and best practices. And, equal in priority, is the IVF nurse’s sensitivity to parents’ quest to create families and the fragility of early embryonic life.
The Annual REI Nursing Congress: Scientific & Therapeutic Approaches To Assisted Reproductive Technology (STARTARTSM) provides a unique and comprehensive educational opportunity, featuring critical updates on the latest advances in reproductive medicine, from procedures and protocols to psychosocial and legal issues. The goal of this Congress is to provide late-breaking information and cutting-edge techniques to improve ART outcomes - a goal that is matched by the IVF nurses’ skills, compassion, and caring that make this field so remarkable. (This is a great educational tool for all agency owners too!)

SO if you haven't already heard, START ART (formally SMART ART) is scheduled for August 4-6 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas. The same place SMART ART was held last year. If you haven't experience this conference then I highly suggest that you consider it especially if you are a surrogacy or egg donation agency owner because I have always found the legal and mental health segments to be excellent. Its also great to know what some of the clinical aspects are in Assisted Reproductive Technology as well. Here are the program objectives:
  • Summarize recent advances in hormonal treatments and regimens involved in assisted reproductive technology (ART)
  • Distinguish strategies for modifying stimulation protocols to maximize outcomes
  • Describe clinical and laboratory features that predict response and prognosticate outcome with ART
  • Explain advances in laboratory techniques for oocyte preservation
  • Review impact and strategies for managing male factor infertility  
  • Discuss strategies to preserve fertility in cancer patients
  • Identify mental health, legal, and psychosocial issues encountered by infertile couples
  • Summarize various psychosocial issues and support strategies that clinicians can employ in working with infertile couples
  • Highlight recent advances in the fields of molecular genetics and proteomics as they impact the clinical practice of preimplantation genetic screening and diagnosis
  • This activity is intended for the education of nurses, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals specializing in reproductive medicine and assisted reproductive technology.
The beauty of this seminar is that it has been totally underwritten! This means that registration is FREE! Enrollment is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tuition has been underwritten by an educational grant from EMD Serono and includes all scientific sessions, a course syllabus, CNE certification, and planned meal functions. (EMD Serono Inc. is an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany)
I hope to see you in Las Vegas at START ART!