When seeking specialist fertility care, you are choosing to trust a doctor with your hopes for the future. It’s important that you have full confidence in your specialist’s expertise, but demystifying the letters following a doctor’s name can prove to be a challenge!
In New Zealand, the highest possible qualification in fertility is to become a Certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) specialist. Around a dozen doctors in the country have achieved this certification.
At Repromed we have four CREI specialists on our team. Our doctors are true fertility experts, offering an unparalleled level of care to each of our clients.
Repromed Medical Director Dr. Devashana Gupta is a fertility doctor and CREI specialist. Following her training at Repromed in 2014 she then went to Melbourne for two years to further her training at Monash IVF Australia.
Today, Dr Gupta shares insight into the path to achieving CREI certification, and how she sees its value in providing client care:
“As a starting point, the training is rigorous! To be a successful candidate for CREI training, applicants must first complete a full six-year Obstetrics and Gynaecology programme, show an interest in research, have some fertility training and often, a postgraduate qualification such as a Master’s degree in Reproductive Medicine.
Once accepted, doctors enter at least three years of intensive study, focusing on all aspects of reproductive health – spanning puberty to menopause. Over the training period, trainees study endocrinology and infertility papers, conduct research as well as sit for written and oral examinations. CREI certification is only granted upon completion of the requirements and upon application.”
Dr Gupta’s CREI training gave her specialised tools to manage complex reproductive health issues, enabling her to provide patients with excellent, research-based care. Her training was also dedicated to quality management systems that provided her with the skills necessary to manage a Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee (RTAC) accredited fertility clinic.
“Knowing that your doctor has achieved CREI certification means you are receiving the highest possible level of care,” Dr Gupta notes, “that they have done the hard work of study, research, and training, and are well qualified to help you achieve your dreams of having a family.”
At Repromed we offer new clients a free 15 minute phone consultation with one of our fertility doctors. Get in touch today.