Proficiency in oocyte retrieval: plausible steps before perfection

22 08 2011

To the Editor:

We read with interest the retrospective analysis by Goldman et al (1). The authors attempt to determine the minimum number of procedures required for proficiency in oocyte retrieval (OR). Assessing and classifying the technical competence of a trainee objectively is quite difficult for two reasons: first, there is no clear definition of “competence,” as operative skill is a combination of knowledge, judgment, and technical ability (2). Second, the success of an OR depends on additional parameters, such as patient, nurse and embryologist compliance. We would like to share our thoughts on their work. Read the rest of this entry »