Meet Melanie Books '17 a Third Party Reproduction Coordinator at a fertility clinic.

What do you do?

I am the Third Party Reproduction Coordinator at a fertility clinic. This means that I coordinate our Egg Donor, Gestational Carrier, and Donor Embryo programs and ensure that we follow all related FDA guidelines. At the same time, I am also a Jr. Andrologist/ Embryologist and currently trained in most Andrology work so when I'm not working with third party patients, I am in the lab working with sperm

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is being a part of creating families and bringing life into the world. There is no better feeling than witnessing the success of a patient.

What skills are necessary for your industry?

Both of the jobs I do at the clinic require extreme attention to detail and ability to collaborate and work well with others. In order to get into the lab as a Jr. Andrologist/ Embryologist you do need to have a bachelor's degree and some laboratory science experience. You will spend a lot of time training in the different laboratory techniques used in an IVF lab. I am currently working on my MS in Reproductive Clinical Science at Eastern Virginia Medical School so there are also ways to further your education in the field

What do you wish you knew in college to prepare you for life?

In college I wish I knew it was OK to not know what to do next. I always knew I wanted to do something in the medical field, but each year I felt more unsure about what exactly that meant for me. After college I ended up working as a medical scribe to gain experience in the field before deciding my next move. That job is what introduced me to my current career and graduate program. It's OK to be confused and take a random job or internship, you never know where it could lead!

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