Time is of the essence: How family physicians can impact the hope of pregnancy
Type: Accredited Symposia
Friday May 11 12:40pm to 1:40pm Location: Symposia B
In Canada and around the world, infertility rates are rising as more and more couples are delaying having children. This case-based presentation is designed to increase awareness of reproductive aging and its implications, along with improving family physicians' competencies around fertility management. This session will outline fertility counselling and family planning, optimizing and investigating infertility, and knowing when to refer patients to a fertility clinic or specialist. By incorporating these practical recommendations, physicians will be able to improve fertility outcomes in the primary care setting.
Counsel patients on fertility potential and family planning, including the importance of aging on reproductive health.
Assess patients for infertility issues, including a directed history, physical examination, and initial investigations.
Refer appropriate patients early for further management to a specialized fertility clinic.
Discuss fertility treatment options available to a wide variety of patient populations.
This Group Learning program has been reviewed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and is awaiting final certification by the College’s Ontario Chapter.
This program was supported in part by an educational grant from EMDSerono.
Marjorie Dixon MD, FRCSC, FACOG Dr. Dixon is a graduate of McGill University’s School of Medicine. Following her initial postgraduate training at the University of Toronto in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Dixon completed her postgraduate training at the University of Vermont with a three-year subspecialty at the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology accredited fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
She joined the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre more than a decade ago, and she continues to be an involved member today. In 2005, she was appointed assistant professor at the University of Toronto, where she actively participates in the education of medical students and residents.
As an advisory board member of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Dixon played an instrumental role in the approval of the 2015 IVF Ontario Funding Program. She is an invited speaker at both national and international conferences in her field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility and she continuously advocates for women’s health.
Since 2010, on the last Thursday of every month, Dr. Dixon has been a regular feature on the CityLine television program, educating Canada on women’s health. Dr. Dixon’s passion for educating women on their reproductive health encouraged her to open Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health in 2016, the first full-service IVF centre in Canada exclusively focused on reproductive medicine and women’s health.