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Fellowship in Endocrinology

Goal

The goal of this Fellowship Program is provide comprehensive training in the pathophysiology, evaluation, diagnosis, and management of the broad spectrum of endocrine diseases and diabetes. There is a strong emphasis on research and scholarly activity. We actively encourage a third Fellowship year devoted to research, and a four year, joint, adult-pediatric Fellowship is available. The Program will prepare and qualify trainees for subspecialty Board Certification, and for successful academic and/or clinical careers in Endocrinology.

Methods

The Program seeks applicants with a strong commitment to academic medicine and research. It provides didactic and self-directed teaching for clinical and research skills.

Clinical Training

Clinical training in both in-patient and out-patient settings is based on a mentoring system. As experience is gained and proficiency develops, Fellows are permitted greater independence. Every six months, Fellows are provided with an evaluation of their performance; this includes direct feedback and opportunities for discussion to identify areas of strength and weakness. In addition, Fellows provide regular feedback to Faculty about the quality of their educational experience.

The clinical training program covers all areas of Endocrinology, including thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, and gonadal diseases, and also calcium and bone metabolism, GI hormones, and adipose tissue hormones. There is a major focus on diabetes, dyslipidemia, and obesity. During the Fellowship, one-month elective periods in related areas are encouraged and can be arranged according to the interests of the Fellow; such areas include nuclear medicine, high risk pregnancy, clinical chemistry, and genetics.

Research Training

All Fellows are expected to become involved with the Section's research activities, to publish at least one case report per year, and all are encouraged to present their work at a regional or national professional meeting. An additional (third) Fellowship year for research is negotiable and is strongly encouraged; this research year may be incorporated as the first, second, or third year of the Fellowship. Most research conducted in the Section focuses on the complications of diabetes, but there are also abundant opportunities in other areas. These involve both clinical and laboratory-based research. Clinical research is facilitated by Clinical Trials at the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center.

General Internal Medicine

This program recognizes the necessity that its trainees must be well versed in general internal medicine in order to provide effective consultation and care of specific endocrine-related diseases. For this reason, provision is made for primary as well as specialty care of selected patients as part of the endocrine training program.

Joint Adult/Pediatric Endocrine Fellowship

A four year program leading to Board Certification in both adult and pediatric Endocrinology is available. This program is organized in conjunction with the Section of Pediatric Endocrinology, Department of Pediatrics, OUHSC.