In Partnership with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

Moving the Fertility Conversation Forward

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) has held two Physician Fertility Summits — convened at the urging of our members who expressed a desire to bring this common issue of infertility out into the open. In 2022, we also convened a series of actionable seminars focused on (1) Navigating Difficult Conversations, (2) advocacy at work and (3) the importance of a Reproductive Life Plan. View the videos and download the advocacy toolkit so you can join us in this effort.

 

Seminar 3

Creating a Reproductive Life Plan

Anticipating Your Needs and Planning for the Future

April 25, 2022

 

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 Moderator:

  • Torie Comeaux Plowden, MD, MPH, AMWA Fertility Co-Chair
    REI Division Director and Deputy Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Panelists:

  • Jerrine Morris, MD, a clinical fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at UCSF

  • Kiley Hunkler, MD, Physician who achieved pregnancy during residency

Breakout Session to explore:

  • Considerations in timing pregnancy
  • Anticipating what life looks like with child(ren)
  • Addressing what it means to shift priorities

The Physician Fertility Conference 2022 has been made possible through the generous support of our
Gold level sponsors—Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Progyny— and Bronze level sponsor, ARC Fertility

Seminar 2

(Held February 28, 2022)

Advocating for Change at Your Institution
Taking Action to Get Fertility Benefits Coverage

WATCH NOW    Coverage at Work Toolkit

 

Moderator:

  • Barbara Collura, President/CEO, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

Invited Speakers:

  • Erica C. Kaye, MD, Pediatric Oncologist, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Successful Strategies in a Healthcare System
  • Christina Yannetsos, MD, Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Medical Campus; and, Founder, Colorado Fertility Advocates. Taking Your Message to Your State Legislators
  • Chrissy Guidry, DO, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Tulane University. Lessons Learned in an Academic Institution

Breakout Sessions:

  • Writing letters-to-the-editor/Op-Eds
  • Role-playing pitch to HR for fertility benefits
  • Advocating for fertility to be included as essential benefits in state healthcare plans

The Physician Fertility Conference 2022 has been made possible through the generous support of our
Gold level sponsors—Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Progyny— and Bronze level sponsor, ARC Fertility

Seminar 1 Agenda      

Recording Available for Live Event
(Held January 24, 2022)

Navigating Fertility-Related Conversations at All Stages of Your Career

Strategies to help you talk about infertility, develop a support system, and learn from others.

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Moderator:

  • Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD, Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University. Full Bio

Speakers:

  • Dana Reddy, MD, Rheumatology Physician in Private Practice and with the Family Health Centers of San Diego and San Ysidro Health Center. Full Bio
  • Kate Hoppock, DO, Internist/Hospitalist at Duly Health and Care. Full Bio
  • Amelia Swanson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology and Psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  Full Bio

Breakout Sessions:

  • Finding words that work
  • Developing support systems
  • Connecting to resources

Social Media Toolkit – General, Student

The Physician Fertility Conference 2022 has been made possible through the generous support of our
Gold level sponsors—Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Progyny— and Bronze level sponsor, ARC Fertility.

 

AMWA is honored to be a Community Partner for National Infertility Awareness Week founded by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.

Infertility impacts 1 in 8 couples in the U.S. today and 1 in 4 women physicians. Especially in medical communities, it’s time to share how #WeCanAll help others recognize the far-reaching effects of inadequate resources and support for family planning.

Here is how you  can get involved:

  1. Join the AMWA webinar Series – Turning Fertility Challenges Into Change: Creating a Reproductive Life Plan (April 25, 8pm ET).
  1. Join the social media campaign during #NationalInfertilityAwarenessWeek and tag @AMWADoctors in your posts. Here are NIAW Social Media Images and NIAW facts you can use. Share your infertility story or participate in the 5-Day Photo Challenge (including #WearOrange day on Wednesday, April 27, 2022).
  1. If your employer doesn’t cover fertility benefits, send a friendly email to ask about coverage. Consider citing recent Fortune and CNBC articles about how employers are using fertility benefits as perks.
    • “This week is National Infertility Awareness Week and one of the discussion points is the fact that lack of insurance inhibits many people from being able to move forward to treatment. I’m wondering if ______ will be considering fertility coverage benefits?”
  1. Write a post for AMWA’s blog or an Op-Ed about the importance of fertility benefits coverage using AMWA’s guideline and template.
  1. Read and share the 2021 Physician Fertility Summit Proceedings
  1. Talk to your employer about fertility benefits using the AMWA-RESOLVE Coverage-at-Work Toolkit.
  1. Sign up for RESOLVE’s National Advocacy Day.