Physician Fertility Summit

The American Medical Women’s Association hosted the first Physician Fertility Summit in 2021 focused on the challenges physicians face with regard to infertility. Recognizing that medical training coincides with the optimal time for family-building necessitates strategies to ensure physicians and trainees are informed, prepared, and supported to make personal choices in facing fertility challenges. Our vision is to help create an environment where all physicians and trainees in medicine can thrive, whether in practice, research, or academia, without having to choose between pursuing a career and building a family. These desires need not be mutually exclusive. 


Thank you for attending the 2nd Physician Fertility Summit. If you missed the Summit, you can still register at the link below to access the videos.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support: ARC Fertility, Medical Women’s International Association, and New Jersey Black Women Physicians Association.

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Detailed Agenda (all times are ET)

12:00-12:00 pm: Welcome
Dr. Elizabeth Garner

12:02-12:10 pm: The Landscape of Physician Fertility: Opportunities for Change 
Dr. Torie Comeaux Plowden

12:10-1:25 pm: Perspectives on Physician Fertility
Moderators – Dr. Christina Yannetsos and Dr. Vrunda Desai
Reflections on the Journey
Dr. Ariela Marshall
Dr. Erica Kaye
Reflections on Egg Freezing 
Dr. Valerie Libby
Alisa Malyavko
Fertility Preservation Options and Barriers for LGBTQ+ Individuals
Dr. Pasquale Patrizio
Male Infertility In a Nutshell
Dr. Craig Niederberger

1:25-2:10 pm: Make Your Voice Heard: Insights on Negotiation and Advocacy
Moderator – Betsy Campbell
Organizational Advocacy
Dr. Marcelle Cedars
State Advocacy
Kerry Tipper
Military / VA Advocacy
Crystal Wilson & Tyler Wilson

2:15-3:00 pm:  Self-care, Mental Wellbeing, and Your Reproductive Life Journey
Moderator – Jessica Bell Van Der Wal
Mental Health – Dr. Alice Domar
Lifestyle medicine – Dr. Rashmi Kudesia
Reproductive Identity – Dr. Aurelie Athan

3:00-3:25 pm: Fertility Perspectives: The Impact of Dobbs on Patients and Practitioners
Moderator – Dr. G. David Adamson
Doctors for Fertility – Dr. Serena Chen
Patient Perspective – Dr. Dani Mathisen

3:25-3:30 pm: Wrap Up: Where Do We Go from Here?
Dr. Torie Comeaux Plowden

3:30 pm: Curiosity and ConnectionsExperts to answer your questions in small breakout groups
Egg freezing – Aimee Eyvazzedeh and Dr. Valerie Libby
Reproductive Identity – Dr. Aurelie Athan
Advocacy – Dr. Christina Yannetsos
Third Party Reproduction (Donors) – Dr. Vrunda Desai

Read the Proceedings from the 2021 Physician Fertility Summit

Physician Fertility Summit

Meet the Physician Fertility Program Faculty

Program Co-Chairs:
Hina Talib, MD
Torie Comeaux Plowden, MD, MPH
Cindy Duke, MD, PhD




This CME program has expired, but the modules are available to AMWA members through the AMWA Learning Hub.

Disclosure Summary

Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) policy ensures that those who have influenced the content of a CE activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that IUSM may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. All educational programs sponsored by Indiana University School of Medicine must demonstrate balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor.

There are no relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity, except for:
Dr. Temeka Zore disclosed having received stock options as a medical advisory board member from Modern Fertility. All conflicts have been resolved.

*Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) defines a commercial interest as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.

For immediate questions and concerns, please contact IU School of Medicine, Division of Continuing Medical Education, 317-274-0104, or

Enduring Modules


Torie Comeaux Plowden, MD, MPH, FACOG
Cindy Duke, MD, PhD
Hina Talib, MD
Jerrine Morris, MD, MPH

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