The mission of our program is to provide a comprehensive educational experience for future leaders in pediatric endocrinology. Our fellowship provides flexibility within the breadth of training opportunities which can lead to successful careers in academics, research, or clinically focused care.
Over three years, fellows are able to experience organized, progressive patient care responsibilities that lead to confidence in independent practice. The University of Florida offers exposure to a diverse patient population and teaching staff who in addition to being heralded leaders in their field, demonstrate professional ability, enthusiasm, and a commitment to teaching. The Diabetes Institute at the University of Florida leads our specialty in comprehensive advanced technology delivery, support of virtual education, and research targeting autoimmunity in T1D.
During this recent COVID season, our division led the department in demonstrating rapid transition to full telemedicine care with the ability to maintain support, care, and education to our patient population. This division features highly ranked specialized programs including Prader-Willi Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, Transgender, and the Metabolic/Obesity Program. We accept up to two fellows per 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. Fellows will explore research opportunities and establish a scholarly oversight committee during this time. 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.
Year Two & Three
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 an 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.