Dear prospective endocrine fellow, it is our pleasure to welcome you to the Fellowship Program of the Section of Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the University of Chicago. Our adult Endocrinology fellowship offers an outstanding training opportunity for individuals pursuing a career in academic endocrinology. The major advantages of our program include superb clinical training, in-depth research experience tailored to the interest and aspirations of each individual fellow, outstanding faculty with long track record of major scientific discovery, options for collaborations with other faculty in basic and clinical sciences, and state-of-the-art facilities for conducting both basic and clinical research. University of Chicago Campus is only 20 minutes away from downtown Chicago yet offers convenience and ease of living of a college campus. We are also in close proximity to some of the underserved populations, which allows for fruitful research in health disparities and development of urban health initiatives. Many of our graduates have gone on to become faulty members at the University of Chicago or at major academic institutions.
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It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Section of Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at The University of Chicago. We are proud of our accomplishments and continue to advance our 3-fold mission: (1) to provide excellence in patient care; (2) to perform cutting-edge basic, clinical and translational research in endocrine diseases, diabetes, obesity and hypertension; and (3) to provide outstanding educational opportunities for medical students, housestaff, and fellows. Our unique combination of adult and pediatric subspecialists poises us to be at the forefront for discovery and treatment of endocrine disorders that span a lifetime from birth to old age.
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ACGME Fellowship Program
The training program in Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism at the University of Chicago provides advanced training for qualified applicants in a broad area of hormone and metabolic research. Funded in large part by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Endocrinology Training grant (T32), the program provides physician scientists with an integrated training in basic/translational and clinical endocrine research, preparing them for academic research careers. The enormous expansion of knowledge of the molecular basis of endocrinology and endocrine related diseases in the past ten years has made it imperative for physician-scientists to develop expertise in clinical and basic biomedical research, learning techniques which allow them to translate findings from the research laboratory to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with endocrine disorders.
Through interactions with members of the endocrinology section and other investigators within the University of Chicago, the trainees have a broad as well as in-depth experience in both clinical and investigative endocrinology. In addition to patient care, the trainees attend weekly lecture series on recent developments in endocrinology research presented by national and international authorities in the area.
One of the unique aspects of the training program at the University of Chicago is the emphasis on continued clinical exposure throughout the duration of the fellowship. Thus, the trainee will begin both clinical training and the research experience from the beginning of the program which will continue for 3 years. However, the first year has greater clinical exposure which progressively decreases in the 2nd and 3rd years. This allows the trainees to quickly develop clinical competence in the beginning of the fellowship while providing more uninterrupted time for research in the later years.
Three tracks are available to the prospective fellow: basic/translational research, clinical investigation, and combined endocrinology/outcomes research. Each fellowship track allows flexibility and can be tailored to meet the trainee's career goals. The programs are structured to meet the ACGME clinical requirement for training of competent clinical specialists in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism over the period of 24 months. The provision of a 3rd year of training is designed to form physician-investigators/scientists. Focus in the 3rd year is primarily research, while maintaining sufficient patient exposure to stay proficient in clinical skills. For those entering a research-oriented career, it expands the time devoted to research in order to learn the necessary skills to develop independent research programs. Such well-rounded training places fellows in a more favorable position to compete effectively for junior faculty positions and independent research funding upon completion of a University of Chicago Endocrine Fellowship Program.
Minimum requirements for admission to our fellowship program are:
- M.D. or equivalent degree
- Successful completion of an approved residency in internal medicine, pediatrics or surgery
- U.S. citizens or permanent residents
To view a sampling of the types of clinical cases our fellows encounter, click here to view the Endocrine Grand Rounds case presentations*.
* All patient identification information has been removed for HIPAA compliance