National Embryo Donation Academy Online Learning Modules Now Fully Accredited in Five Areas for Continuing Education Credits

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Free CEUs/CMEs for medicine, nursing, legal, laboratory and social work

The National Embryo Donation Academy (NEDA), a non-profit, professional education resource has received approval to award continuing education credits/units (CEU/CME) for its online learning portal from five accreditation organizations.

NEDA is funded through a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to increase awareness and provide education to professionals who work with couples considering embryo donation/adoption (ED/EA). The program is administered through the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC), a clinic based, non-profit agency that promotes the donation of remaining human embryos to infertile couples so that they might be able to become pregnant and have a family.

Participants will learn the basics of EA/ED through this training. After passing the corresponding exam, they will earn a “Certificate of Achievement in Embryo Adoption and Embryo Donation” having demonstrated basic competency in the multiple disciplines of embryo adoption and embryo donation.

The areas that received accreditation are: medicine, nursing, social services, legal and laboratory. There is no charge to take the courses and no charge to receive the credits.

The NEDA is composed of a professional faculty whose mission is to educate individuals in all aspects of EA/ED. Each faculty member has contributed curricula in their respective areas of expertise for the web based learning program as well as for lectures presented in person and at professional conferences.

  •     Jeffrey Keenan, MD, NEDA Dean and Medical Director for the NEDC, is board certified in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility. He is a professor at the University Of Tennessee Graduate School Of Medicine, and is the director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
  •     Robert D. Visscher, MD, a retired obstetrician/gynecologist and certified reproductive endocrinologist. He is the past Medical Director and Executive Director of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, a national representative and advocate organization for reproductive medicine in the United States.
  •     Reginald Finger, MD, MPH, is the former communicable disease director and state epidemiologist for Kentucky and now works as an independent medical researcher/writer, primarily in the field of embryo donation and adoption.
  •     Curtis E. Harris, MS, MD, JD, Chief of Endocrinology for the Chickasaw Indian Nation, Director of the Chickasaw Nation Diabetes Care Center, an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Endocrinology of the Oklahoma University Medical School, and the PLICO Professor of Medical Ethics at the Oklahoma State School of Medicine.
  •     William R. Cutrer M.D., a retired obstetrician/gynecologist and current Baptist minister is the Gheens Professor of Christian Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and the Director of the Gheens Center for Marriage and Family.
  •     Bonnie J. Bernard, Med, PC, NCC, is the founder and executive director of Embryos Alive, an ED/EA placement agency and the former executive director and founder of several adoption-related agencies.

The accrediting organizations, courses accepted and contact hours available for each are below.

  •     American Board of Bioanalysis

o    Embryo Donation and Adoption - A Comprehensive Introduction – 1 hour
o    Embryo Donation for Procreation / Adoption - Medical Perspective – 1 hour

  •     Tennessee Nurses Association

o    Embryo Donation and Adoption - A Comprehensive Introduction – 1 hour
o    Embryo Donation for Procreation / Adoption - Medical Perspective – 1.5 hours
o    Embryo Adoption Program - The Assessor / Counselor Component - .75 hour
o    Embryo Donation: Adoption Law And Custody Law – 1.25 hours
o    Bioethics: Embryo Donation and Embryo Adoption – 1.25 hours

  •     National Association of Social Workers

o    Embryo Donation and Adoption - A Comprehensive Introduction – 1 hour
o    Embryo Donation for Procreation / Adoption - Medical Perspective – 1 hour
o    Embryo Adoption Program - The Assessor / Counselor Component – 1 hour
o    Embryo Donation: Adoption Law And Custody Law – 1 hour
o    Bioethics: Embryo Donation and Embryo Adoption – 1 hour

  •     Tennessee Commission of Legal Education and Specialization:

o    Embryo Donation: Adoption Law And Custody Law – 1.25 hours

  •     University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine

o    Embryo Donation and Adoption - A Comprehensive Introduction – 1 hour
o    Embryo Donation for Procreation / Adoption - Medical Perspective – 1.5 hours

About Embryo Donation
Through the success of fertility treatments and assisted reproduction technology over the past three decades, there are an estimated 600,000 frozen human embryos in the United States. While most are retained for future children by the genetic parents, approximately 2-3% are in limbo with uncertain futures. Embryo disposition options available are – thaw and dispose, donate to research or donate them to other infertile couples hoping to have a baby.

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