Fellowship Program

Introduction

Thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at the University of Florida. The main purpose of our program is to prepare individuals for rewarding careers by educating physicians to become outstanding clinicians, teachers and scientists in the broad field of Endocrinology and Metabolism. It is a three-year fellowship program that provides high-quality clinical and research training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. Graduates of this program will be trained and fully equipped to function as clinical endocrinologists, clinical educators and/or clinician scientists, depending on the career goals of the individuals. The division includes faculty with international reputations in clinical endocrinology, and in both basic and clinical research.


Fellowship – the 1st Year

The first year of fellowship is devoted predominantly to clinical training. Fellows spend 12 months participating in both ambulatory and inpatient endocrine and metabolism training. All training in the first year occurs at the University of Florida and UF Health Shands Hospital. In addition to their clinical training, fellows attend divisional conferences, including Endocrine Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Endocrine Case Conference, Research Conference and research-in-progress meetings, along with the core curriculum lectures.


Fellowship – 2nd and 3rd Years

During the late fall/early winter of the first year, fellows choose whether to follow a research or clinical educator pathway for the second and, if appropriate, third year. Both pathways include all the required educational, clinical and research-based components to train fellows to become an independent, board-certified endocrinologist. The research pathway targets those fellows who choose to embark on investigative careers in basic science or translational/clinical research. For these fellows, the primary emphasis becomes the fellow’s individual research project, supervised by a faculty mentor while they maintain one weekly continuity clinic. Also, fellows who wish to further pursue clinical/translational research have opportunities for additional graduate work in clinical research. The goal is for the fellow to transition to independent, mentored research funding as he/she advances on a research career track in academic medicine.

 If the fellow chooses the clinical pathway, the second year is structured to further develop the skills of a consultant endocrine specialist. This second year has more clinical exposure to refine specialty-specific skills, including training for neck ultrasound, bone densitometry, insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring. In addition, fellows conduct a mentored scholarly project with a goal of abstract presentation and subsequent publication, perform a quality improvement project, and actively engage in supplementary didactic activities.

Upon completion of our training program, all fellows will be fully competent to provide expert clinical care for individuals with endocrine and metabolic disorders, and/or to pursue investigative careers in clinical, translational or basic research. We provide a supportive environment in which fellows assume graduated levels of independence in caring for all patients coming to us from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds who suffer from a broad range of endocrine disorders associated with diabetes, lipid disorders, osteoporosis and bone metabolism, the thyroid and pituitary glands, adrenal disease, reproductive disorders, endocrine neoplasia and clinical nutrition.