Endocrinology Fellowship

Welcome to the Section of Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Chicago!  The section offers a three-year ACGME accredited fellowship training program in Pediatric Endocrinology which aims to train outstanding Pediatric Endocrinologists in both the clinical and resaerch arenas.

The program strtives to provide Board-eligible pediatricians a broad and in-depth foundation in both clinical and investigative endocrinology to prepare them for an academic career in pediatric endocrinology.  The program fosters the acquisition of knowledge in the underlying physiology of the endocrine system and the related pathophysiology of endocrine disorders, as well as clinical pediatric endocrinology.  A major emphasis of the program is the development and progression of a clinical and/or basic research project.  Knowledge of the molecular basis of endocrinology and endocrine related diseases has expanded rapidly over the last decade making it imperative for physician-scientists to develop expertise in the techniques of clinical and basic biomedical research in order to translate findings from the research laboratory to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with endocrine disorders.  Achievement of the goals of our program is promoted by a combination of supervised, hands-on clinical and research experience in multi-disciplinary team settings within a rich research environment, critical review of current research, and a formal curriculum.

Clinical Training:

One of the unique features of the training program in Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Chicago is the emphasis of clinical exposure throughout the duration of the fellowship.  Pediatric Endocrinology fellows devote 11-12 months of fellowship to clinical training, with inpatient consult months and outpatient clinics divided over the three years of fellowship training.  This not only allows trainees to develop their research projects early on in their first year of training, but also allows trainees to function in supervisory roles in the later years of their training.  Throughout all three years endocrine and diabetes continuity clinics which are directly supervised by a Pediatric Endocrinology attending physician.  Fellows have the opportunity to follow their own patients starting from diagnosis and continuing with follow-up care.  Trainees are closely mentored in their presentation skills and in writing letters to referring physicians.  A sample schedule is shown below:

First Year Fellows:

  • 5-6 months of consult service
  • 4 endocrine clinics monthly
  • 2 diabetes clinics monthly

Second Year Fellows:

  • 3-4 months of consult service
  • 4 endocrine clinics monthly
  • 2 diabetes clinics monthly

Third Year Fellows:

  • 2-3 months of consult service
  • 4 endocrine/diabetes clinics monthly

Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in the care of patients in both adult and reproductive endocrinology.  There is flexibility in tailoring the fellowship training program to fit the career goals of the trainee.

Research Training:

A significant portion of fellowship trainig is devoted to the development and completion of a research project.  Fellows receive guidance from early in their first year in designing a project that both fits wiht the fellows' interests and is appropriate in scope.  By the mid-point of the first year, fellows are expected to have identified a mentor and started on an appropriate research project.  Fellows are encouraged to utilize the diversity of resources available at the University of Chicago, and may choose to pursue a basic, clinical, or translational research project.  Those fellows without prior formal basic science training or clinical research training will be encouraged to take selected classes relevant to their research.  These classes are offered at the University of Chicago and are free of charge.  Each fellow selects both a research and a clinical mentor, whom they meet with frequently throughout their training.  In addition, they meet twice yearly with their Scholarship Oversight Committee to ensure appropriate progress toward completion of their investigation.

During the third and subsequent years, trainees receive additional preparation for independent research careers.  An area of research is identified which will build on the expertise acquired by the trainee during the first two years of training but will allow him/her to begin to develop some independence from the research preceptor.  They also take a more active role in teaching junio fellows.  During this phase, the fellow is expected to develop preliminary data in an area which is identified as his/her own to be able to compete effectively for a junior faculty position and independent research funding.

Conferences:

Fellow education is a priority of the Section throughout the three years of fellowship training.  Several important conferences are offered to enhance the educational opportunities and academic development of the fellow.  Each fellow is expected to participate fully in:

  • Adult and Pediatric Endocrine rounds (Endorama)
  • Pediatric Endocrinology Case Conference
  • Endocrinology Fellow Lecture Series
  • Endocrine Research Seminar
  • Fellows' Journal Club
  • Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds
  • Special Lectures in the Division of Biological Sciences
  • Fellows' Research Meetings with Mentor
  • Elective Courses in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Experimental Design