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The fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology is a three-year ACGME–accredited program providing comprehensive training in clinical patient management and guidance in the development of research skills. The fellowship is at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and based at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center (CC), in Bethesda, Maryland. The NICHD program is based at one of the largest and most sophisticated research institutions in the United States. The CC maintains clinical research protocols investigating the treatment of adrenal and pituitary tumors, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Turner Syndrome, McCune-Albright sydrome, Cushing's syndrome, obesity, and others. The fellow gains critical skills in the construction and execution of clinical research projects while learning about more rare pediatric endocrine disorders.
Participating institutions include The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Department of Pediatrics, the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Children's National Medical Center (CNMC), Washington, DC, and, the co-sponsoring institution, Georgetown University (GU) Department of Pediatrics. GU, JHU, and CNMC serve as primary care facilities, and the NIH-CC is home to a large tertiary care referral and research center. These facilities make available to our fellows pediatric endocrine, diabetes, oncology, metabolic, bone disorders, and other pediatric subspecialty clinics and consult services as well as general pediatric inpatient and intensive care units. The fellowship is designed to provide clinical and research exposure that permits the development of academic Pediatric Endocrinologists with experience in both clinical and bench research. The first year of the fellowship is dedicated to the acquisition of necessary clinical skills from all aspects of the principles and practice of Pediatric Endocrinology. During that year, fellows rotate through the NIH-CC and the participating hospitals. The second and third years are focused research years, which allow for training in laboratory or clinical research. During these two years, fellows also receive appropriate courses on statistics, biotechnology and laboratory methods, grant and scientific paper writing, and the development and execution of clinical trials. Pediatric Endocrine fellows maintain a weekly continuity clinic with a variety of patients at the NIH-CC and have the option of attending continuity clinics at participating institutions beyond their first clinical year.