COVID-19 Announcement from the Practice

The Center for Fertility and Gynecology


By SEO Admin on March 22, 2012

What is an RE?

Many people use the term RE when referring to a fertility doctor, but not everyone knows exactly what those 2 little letters, RE, mean? RE is short for reproductive endocrinology and is actually shortened from the term REI which stands for reproductive endocrinology and infertility. REI is one of 5 recognized sub-specialties of obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN). The other sub-specialties are gynecologic oncology, gynecologic urology, hi-risk obstetrics and family planning. In order to join a sub-specialty, a physician must first complete a 4 year residency in OB/GYN, and then apply to a fellowship. Fellowships are located at large academic medical centers and for REI, there are about 30 positions available across the country per year. The fellowship lasts 3 years and includes a demanding curriculum of surgery, research, teaching and clinical care.

Once the fellowship is completed, about 30% of doctors remain, full-time in academia where they focus on research. The other 70% of doctors focus on clinical care. These are generally the doctors people refer to when they use the term RE. Importantly, any licensed physician can call themselves a fertility specialist only someone who has completed a REI fellowship can be called an RE.

Additionally, 2 years after the completion of fellowship, an RE has the opportunity to undergo a rigorous set of oral and written tests known as the board exam. Only about 2/3rds of REs elect to subject themselves to this test. Of them, the first time pass rate is usually between 50% and 70%. The test represents the pinnacle of sub-specialty training, and for those who pass it, confirms their dedication and expertise in the field.

If you are looking for a fertility specialist, or have questions about fertility, please dont hesitate to call us. One of our 3 Board Certified REs would be happy to speak with you. (818) 881-9800



Related to This

Get In Touch

Rate, Review & Explore

Social Accounts Sprite

Bakersfield Office

9610 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93311

Closed Today

More Info Directions (661) 326-1075

Thousand Oaks Office

415 Rolling Oaks Dr
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361

Closed Today

More Info Directions (805) 807-1075

Torrance Office

24241 Hawthorne Blvd
Ste 201
Torrance, CA 90505

Open Today

More Info Directions (818) 881-9800

Our Lab

5353 Balboa Blvd
Ste 301
Encino, CA 91316

Closed Today

More Info Directions (818) 881-9800

Tarzana Office

18370 Burbank Blvd
Ste 301
Tarzana, CA 91356

Open Today

More Info Directions (818) 881-9800