Aim of this module
This module will provide the trainees with knowledge and understanding of diagnostic andrology and the process of fertilisation. They will understand and gain experience of insemination methodologies and reporting outcomes from insemination/fertilisation. They will also consider the impact of male infertility on individuals, relationships and society gaining insight into support services available and the importance of providing compassionate, patient-centred care. The impact of culture, equality and diversity on practice will be explored.
|Number||Work-based learning outcome||Title||Knowledge|
|1||1,4, 5, 6||
Identify macroscopically the different types of potential disease using a range of semen samples:
Using freshly ejaculated samples perform manual assessment of human semen according to or exceeding the requirements.
Using fresh ejaculates and pre- recorded video data, perform assessment of human sperm motility that accords to local IQA/EQA data.
Identify markers of normal sperm morphology and Live/Dead cells using representative prepared specimens from a range of ejaculates.
Perform scoring of sperm morphology according to the Teratozoospermia Index (TZI) system.
Identify the presence and where possible mechanisms of transmission and clinical manifestations of both acute and chronic infections.
Interpret analytical findings in the correct clinical context and considering the current literature and discuss your interpretation with a senior colleague(s).
Work, where appropriate, in partnership with service users.
Work, where appropriate, in partnership with colleagues.
|You must complete|
|2 Case-based discussion(s)|
|2 of the following DOPS / OCEs|
|Discuss provision of a diagnostic semen sample with a patient including requirements before and receipt of the sample. Reflect upon the patient experience and helpful strategies to improve this.||OCE|
|Perform all aspects of a basic semen analysis according to ESHRE / WHO guidelines including morphology by TZI.||DOPS|
|Perform a laboratory diagnostic for antisperm antibodies||DOPS|
|Correctly identify the support services available to a male patient / couple for infertility, both locally and Nationally.||DOPS|
|Perform and prepare a preliminary report on a post vasectomy semen analysis, recognizing the accuracy of the result and potential for adverse outcome.||DOPS|
|Perform IQC / EQA / Inter-Operator assessment of samples and benchmark your results within the scheme. Discuss potential actions.||DOPS|
|Perform an audit on a process within the laboratory Quality Management Scheme||DOPS|
|Prepare a testicular biopsy specimen through all steps to and including pathological (histological) examination||DOPS|
|Discuss the impact of male infertility on the individual and the couple||OCE|
|Present a case in partnership with someone from another clinical specialism as part of the diagnosis and review process||OCE|
|Observe a medical / surgical intervention on a male patient aimed at affecting male fertility, evaluate how this links to this diagnostic pathway.||OCE|
The academic parts of this module will be detailed and communicated to you by your university. Please contact them if you have questions regarding this module and its assessments. The module titles in your MSc may not be exactly identical to the work-based modules shown in the e-portfolio. Your modules will be aligned, however, to ensure that your academic and work-based learning are complimentary.
The diagnostic/prognostic value of semen analysis including the validity reproducibility, reliability and limitations of testing procedures.