As you begin searching for reliable information about reaching your family building goals, the following information will get you started. Our Reproductive Medicine team is dedicated to the incorporation of cutting edge fertility technologies and evidence based medicine in a supportive, caring environment to help everyone achieve their parenthood goals.
What is an infertility specialist?
A Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) physician is an OB/GYN sub-specialist that has been additionally trained in hormonal and surgical areas of reproductive medicine. Infertility specialists begin with a four year OB/GYN residency, studying the medical and surgical treatment of the female reproductive system and the care of pregnant women and delivering babies.
After completing a four year residency in OB/GYN, they complete an additional three years of intensive, focused REI training, focusing on the reproductive health and infertility needs of men and women and the endocrine related diseases that may impact women’s health. Infertility specialists complete seven additional years of training after graduation from medical school focused on the evaluation and treatment of women and their partners for infertility and other endocrine-related issues.
Current sub-specialty REI training also requires that all participants spend 18 months developing, and implementing a sophisticated basic science (laboratory) or clinical trial which represents their fellowship thesis. The written and oral defense of this thesis is a requirement for REI (sub-specialty) board certification.
Sub-specialty (REI) Board Certification
In the United States, the pathway to becoming a Board Certified REI Physician is regulated. Physicians are board certified in BOTH obstetrics and gynecology AND reproductive endocrinology and infertility undergo a board certification process that requires successfully passing 4 nationally administered examinations:
- the general obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) written examination
- the general obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) oral examination
- the reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) written examination, and finally
- the reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) oral examination.
Examinations are authored, written, and implemented by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). Additionally, board certified physicians must "maintain" their certification annually through constant literature reviews and a written examination every 6 years.
Your First Visit
At your first appointment you will meet with your Reproductive Endocrinology Physician to review your medical and fertility history. To make the most of your appointment please bring the completed new patient packet you were sent in the mail along with any medical records of previous fertility treatments.
Your provider may recommend an ultrasound and/or bloodwork be completed at your initial visit. We strongly encourage both partners to come to this appointment although this isn't required. At the end of your appointment the nursing staff will review the plan for your care and answer any questions you may have.
New Patient Forms
Complete this form and bring it with you to your first appointment with our reproductive medicine specialists.
History and Physical
Out of Town Patients
The Reproductive Medicine Department at Billings Clinic cares for patients throughout the region including Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota. Although our main clinics are located in Billings and Bozeman, we participate in outreach in Missoula as well. Should you need radiology imaging or blood work and you are unable to travel to a Billings Clinic location, our team will work with you to coordinate care closer to home if possible.