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Fellowship Curriculum

Our Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes fellowship program combines clinical work, didactics, and research throughout each stage of the full-time, three-year program. Fellows complete most of their clinical work during the first year, allowing them to devote the final two years to research and the culmination of their fellowship - an original research project.

Timeline for first-year fellows:

July 1-14: Fellowship begins with the first-year fellows shadowing the second-year fellows on inpatient service to ease transition
July 15-28: Solo inpatient service begins. The outpatient fellow shadows the second-year fellow for one week each.
September/October: Two weeks off-service and not on call to study for pediatric boards
February: IN-SITE pediatric endocrine training exam

Year One

First-year fellows split their time between outpatient clinics and inpatient service (primary patients and consults). The first-year fellows will alternate between outpatient and inpatient service every 2-3 weeks. Fellows also work extensively with the fourth-year medical students and residents in the emergency department, discussing disease pathophysiology and treatment rationale for patients.

The inpatient fellow attends two Fellow Continuity Clinics - one diabetes, one endocrine. The inpatient fellow manages the inpatient endocrine service and consults.

The outpatient fellow attends the two Fellow Continuity Clinics along with three rotating clinics. The outpatient fellow responds to emergency pages to answer questions from physicians, school health clinics, and parents.

All fellows (first, second, and third year fellows) share equal division of evening and weekend calls and shifts in one-week blocks.

To broaden their exposure to a variety of patients, first-year fellows rotate between several clinics, including all of the endocrine clinics of the faculty at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 

These clinics include:

  • Metabolic Bone Disease Clinic (Morri Markowitz, MD)
  • Pediatric Thyroid Nodule and Cancer Clinic (Leslie Lam, MD)
  • TIGER (Total Integrated Genitourinary Endocrine Reproductive Clinic for Disorders of Sexual Development) Clinic (Kristina Derrick, MD)
  • Williams Syndrome Clinic (Morri Markowitz, MD)
  • 22Q Clinic (Ping Zhou, MD)
  • Adult Endocrine Clinic
  • Heart Healthy Clinic (Lipid Disorders)

Depending on the fellow's interest, additional opportunities, such as reproductive endocrinology, transgender medicine or genetics, may be available. There are also opportunities to see pediatric endocrine patients at Hartsdale practice site and the Hutchinson Campus locations to provide a diversity of experience.

 

Years Two and Three

In the second and third years, fellows devote themselves to honing their research techniques through lectures, case discussions, and weekly didactics (both pediatric and adult) as well as presenting their original work at national and international conferences. Organizational and systems skills like manuscript preparation and medical journal review techniques are also incorporated into the leadership program.

Clinical responsibilities continue to include:

  • Fellow Continuity Clinics (two half-days per week that include diabetes and endocrine patients)
  • Senior fellow new patient clinic for more unique referrals (one half-day per month)
  • Adult endocrine clinic (four half-days per year)
  • Freedom to attend additional general or specialty clinics to broaden exposure
  • Night and weekend calls, split evenly among all fellows.