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Centre of Reproductive Education and Specialised Training (CREST)

Based in Singapore, CREST – Centre for Reproductive Education & Specialist Training, is Asia’s first fertility training centre. It is founded in 2010 by Professor P. C. Wong, Senior Consultant, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, National University Hospital (NUH).

CREST is located in NUH and is made possible by a donation from Merck Serono and Learning Initiatives for Fertility Experts (LIFE).

 

Our Director’s Message

Patients who seek assisted reproductive treatments, which involve a considerable financial outlay, often go through an emotional journey plagued by self-doubt. They sometimes have to make difficult decisions and need a reliable partner to help them make informed decisions.

At CREST, we help specialists and practitioners gain not just the skills but also the sensitivity to help their patients. We are committed to growing your role to one that is beyond a mere facilitator of birth.

With our total learning package conducted by an internationally accredited faculty, you will be empowered with hard and soft skills that will help you in offering holistic consultation services for your patients. Please click here to view our Faculty.

CREST equips you with good all-rounded skills so you can deliver uncompromised service.

 

JOYCE ELIZABETH MATHEW 

Centre Director and Chief Embryologist 
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 
National University Hospital

 

Our Objectives

Specialising in Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART), CREST welcomes aspiring ART specialists in the Asia-Pacific region to Singapore.

We aim to:

  • Enhance the ART skills of clinicians, embryologists, nurses and administrators in the region;
  • Enable practitioners to immediately apply newly acquired skills through a unique "real life, real learning" approach that combines theory and hands-on learning opportunities;
  • Impart effective ART procedures through four state-of-the-art laboratories with the latest equipment;
  • Maximise learning and growth opportunities through a low student-teacher ratio.

Our programmes 

We offer the following programmes:

-        ART Course for Embryologists 
-        ART Course for Clinicians 

 

 

ART Course for Embryologists 
Course Objectives

The ART Course for Embryologists provides a detailed overview of all aspects of the ART laboratory, including the set-up and running of the lab, specific procedures, and quality control to ensure the highest possible success rates in an IVF programme.

The course offers each trainee a complete hands-on learning opportunity. Classes are conducted in state-of-the-art training laboratories equipped with an integrated murine system and the latest equipment for effective ART procedures. Faculty will work one-on-one with trainees throughout the course, providing a total overview and continuous assessment.

 

Who is it for?

The course is targeted at the beginner or novice Embryologist who is looking to develop his or her skills further in the IVF field. Trainees should possess a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Biotechnology or Biological Sciences, and should be familiar with culture techniques and have experience in tissue handling. A minimum requirement of basic working English is required.

It is not recommended for experienced IVF Embryologists looking to refresh or update their knowledge.

 

Course Details

2019 Course dates:

11 February – 8 March 2019 (Course code: #1901) - the closing date for registration and payment is 3 December 2018. 

Please download and complete the application form here

 

1 April –  27 April 2019 (Course code: #1902) - the closing date for registration and payment is 28 January 2019. 

Please download and complete the application form here

 

10 June –  5 July 2019 (Course code: #1903) - the closing date for registration and payment is 1 April 2019. 

Please download and complete the application form here

 

We would require the following for our consideration:

1)     Completed Registration form
2)     All relevant documents (including transcripts and certificates)
3)     A photocopy of your NRIC/passport  
4)     Documentary proof of vaccination/serology tests for the following:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Varicella
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  • Pertussis
  • Influenza
  • Chest X-ray report  
    *as per Ministry of Health directive - self declaration of past illness or vaccination NOT accepted as evidence of immunity.

 Do attach all relevant documents (including transcripts and certificates) and a photocopy of your NRIC/passport and email the scanned documents to crest@nuhs.edu.sg

 

Course fee: 
S$8,025 (inclusive of 7% Goods and Services Tax - GST) 

 

Accommodation: 
Please click here to find out more about the list of accommodation available.

 

 

Curriculum                                                

Week 1 
  • Introduction to lab procedures, equipment and apparatus, consumables, handling of pipettes and pumps
  • Aliquoting, aseptic technique, drawn-out pipettes
  • Sperm preparation: assessment, cryopreservation, preparation for IVF and ICSI
Week 2                  
  • Stimulation protocols
  • Forecast and set-up for cases
  • Oocyte retrieval, grading of oocytes and insemination
  • ICSI: Alignment of injection needles and immobilisation of sperm
  • Other micromanipulation techniques
Week 3
  • ICSI (Continued)
  • Embryo cleavage, blastocysts, and culture medium
  • Embryo selection and replacement
  • Cryopreservation
Week 4
  • Setting up an IVF Lab
  • ICSI (Continued)
  • Quality control and maintenance, record-keeping
  • Troubleshooting
  • 1-day attachment to an IVF Lab

 

 

ART Course for Clinicians 
Course Objectives

The ART Course for Clinicians gives an in-depth understanding of all aspects of an In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) cycle, from pre-treatment evaluation and testing, through the entire treatment path, and into planning for future cycles. It also explores the ethical issues in treatment and quality control of the lab procedures.

As part of the course curriculum, trainees will have the opportunity to observe various treatment procedures through pre-recorded videos and extensive case studies.

 

Who is it for?

The course is targeted at beginners or novices in the IVF field who are looking to develop their skills further in this area. Trainees should be O&G doctors with a minimum of 3 years experience in dealing with infertility issues, and some familiarity with OI & IUI procedures using stimulation with Gonadotropins. They should also have some experience with trans-vaginal ultrasound for follicular tracking. A minimum requirement of basic working English is required.

It is not recommended for experienced IVF Clinicians looking to refresh or update their knowledge.

 

For 2018 course syllabus, you may email crest@nuhs.edu.sg for more information.

 

Course Details

23 March –  31 March 2019 (Course code: #1951) - the closing date for registration and payment is 7 January 2019. 

Please download and complete the application form here

 

We would require the following for our consideration:

1)     Completed Registration form
2)     All relevant documents (including transcripts and certificates)
3)     A photocopy of your NRIC/passport  
4)     Documentary proof of vaccination/serology tests for the following:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Varicella
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  • Pertussis
  • Influenza
  • Chest X-ray report  
    *as per Ministry of Health directive - self declaration of past illness or vaccination NOT accepted as evidence of immunity.

 

Do attach all relevant documents (including transcripts and certificates) and a photocopy of your NRIC/passport and email the scanned documents to crest@nuhs.edu.sg

 

Course fee: 

S$3,745 (inclusive of 7% Goods and Services Tax - GST)

 

Accommodation: 
Please click here to find out more about the list of accommodation available.

 

  

Our Facilities 

CREST offers a hands-on learning experience at its training centre. It houses four modular laboratories that come with state-of-the-art cameras and a live video link. This allows trainees to monitor follicle development and observe Assisted Reproductive procedures such as oocyte recovery and embryo replacement.

Our labs are well-equipped with incubators for sperm preparation, oocytes culture and embryo culture, microscopes for sperm check, oocyte retrieval and embryo washing, micromanipulator system for ICSI, freezing machine for embryo cryopreservation and carbon dioxide gas cylinders.

 

The two modes of course delivery are as follows: 

  1. Clinical Session 
    Trainees study real-life cases and take on observational roles. 
  2. Laboratory Session 
    Our low student-teacher ratio ensures trainees maximize their learning experience. Through real-life simulations, trainees enjoy full hands-on training.

 

Contact us
Address
Basement, Service Block
5, Lower Kent Ridge Road
Singapore 119074

 

Opening Hours 
Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 6.00pm 
Sat and Sun/Public Holidays: Closed

Please contact Ms Evangeline Jaffar at 6772 3561 or e-mail crest@nuhs.edu.sg if you require further assistance.