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SMRU Prize Paper

Emory’s Infertility Research Selected as Prize Paper by SMRU  

"What are Infertility Treatment Center Websites Telling Couples About Male Factor Infertility" was the title of Emory research project presented at the 2014 American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) annual meeting. The research was selected as the Prize Paper by the Society of Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU).
Andrew Leung is a fourth-year medical student at Emory University School of Medicine who worked under the directorship of Dr. Akanksha Mehta in the Department of Urology to investigate the role of information technology in the education of couples seeking infertility care in the United States. As part of this cross-sectional study, Andrew evaluated the websites of all infertility treatment centers in the United States, and systematically examined their contents with respect to information pertaining to the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of male factor infertility. Importantly, the study found that a large proportion of websites failed to include any mention of male factor infertility, or to suggest referral for urologic workup for male partners despite the fact that male factor accounts for 50% of cases of infertility, either alone, or in combination with female factor infertility. The results of this study illustrate that patients who seek infertility information from websites may be not be well-informed about the male factor infertility factor and about the importance of male urologic workup.

Mehta   Leung
    Dr. Akanksha Mehta             Andrew Leung, MS4