Pediatric Endocrinology Inter-Institute Training

Pediatric Endocrinology Inter-Institute Training

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  • Our fellowship in pediatric endocrinology is an ACGME-accredited program and is three years in length.
  • Applicants must have completed a residency in Pediatrics or Medicine/Pediatrics and be eligible to sit for the American Board of Pediatrics certification examination. We accept three fellows per year.
  • Our fellowship is based at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, which is one of the largest and most sophisticated research institutions in the United States. Our program is in partnership with Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC. 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.

Program Structure

The Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at the NIH consists of one year of clinical training and two years of combined clinical and research training. A typical training schedule for first-year fellows includes 6 months at the NIH Clinical Center, 4 months at Children’s National Health Systems (CNHS), 1 month at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, and 1 month at Georgetown University Hospital. Continuity clinics are held once per week and alternate between the NIH outpatient pediatric endocrine clinic and the diabetes and general endocrine outpatient clinics at CNHS. In addition, we offer multidisciplinary clinics in long-term follow up for childhood cancer survivors, bone health, polycystic ovarian syndrome, disorders of sexual development, obesity, thyroid nodules, and cancer. The Clinical Center maintains clinical research protocols involving the treatment of adrenal and pituitary tumors, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, McCune-Albright syndrome, disorders of sexual development, obesity, Cushing’s syndrome, and others.

During the second and third years, mandatory clinical responsibilities are limited to a half-day continuity clinic per week and inpatient pediatric endocrine consultation on an on-call basis for 3 months per year. Fellows learn how to develop a research protocol, conduct a study, evaluate the results, and create a presentation or manuscript suitable for publication, Fellows may choose to work in a laboratory setting, clinical setting, or both, and they perform state-of-the-art basic and clinical research closely supervised by internationally known mentors. During the first year, a research mentor is chosen and the fellow’s progress is monitored by a Scholarship Oversight Committee. The overwhelming majority of our fellows go on to present their work at national and international meetings and choose academic careers following graduation.

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