Mayo Clinic's Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship consists of one year of clinical training, one year of research, and a final year of clinical training and research combined.
During the first 12 months of the fellowship, you help care for outpatients with endocrine and metabolic diseases under the supervision of faculty. You also have some experience with inpatient pediatric endocrine consultations.
In the second year, your only clinical training involves a half-day of continuity clinic seeing pediatric endocrine patients and one weekend a month of inpatient pediatric consultations.
Your final year of training includes continuation of continuity clinic in addition to providing the inpatient pediatric endocrine consultations one week a month. Additional outpatient clinical training is also available during the third year.
A typical rotation schedule:
|Clinical pediatric endocrinology
|Clinical pediatric endocrinology
|Clinical adult endocrinology
During the research rotations in your second and third years of training, you continue to spend a half-day each week in a pediatric endocrinology continuity clinic.
Regularly scheduled didactic courses, seminars and case conferences enhance your clinical experience. The fellowship includes these weekly events:
- Endocrine Grand Rounds
- Pediatric endocrine case conference
- General pediatric conferences
- Lecture series covering both clinical and research topics
You take a graduate-level course in statistics, a computer skills course and attend at least one national professional meeting during your fellowship.
At least 12 months of your fellowship are spent in a clinical or laboratory-based research program. You learn how to develop a research protocol, conduct a study, evaluate the results, and create a presentation or a manuscript suitable for publication.
During the first year, you select a research mentor from Mayo Clinic's pediatric or adult endocrinology faculty. With your mentor's help, you define a topic of special interest and develop the research protocol. The second year of the fellowship is devoted entirely to research with one afternoon each week set aside for patient follow-up from your first-year clinics and one weekend a month in the inpatient setting. During the third year, you spend as much as 12 months of additional research time to complete and document your study.
CCaTS Postdoctoral Certificate Program
The Postdoctoral Certificate Program in clinical and translational science is designed for Mayo Clinic physicians, scientists and other staff members with doctoral degrees who want to pursue advanced clinical and translational research training.
Offered by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) in collaboration with Mayo Graduate School, the one-year Postdoctoral Certificate Program includes individualized coursework, a mentored research experience and the development of a manuscript to be submitted for publication.
Upon completion of the certificate program, you are prepared to:
- Actively participate on a research team
- Form hypotheses
- Design studies
- Analyze and interpret data
- Conduct a clinical research protocol
- Communicate research findings
Read more about the Postdoctoral Certificate Program's eligibility requirements, application process and curriculum.
There is no in-house call. During the first year, pediatric endocrine fellows are on call with one of the pediatric endocrine consultants from home every two to three weeks.
There is one weekend of call a month during the second year. During the third year, fellows assume a supervisory role for pediatric endocrine inpatients and are on call from home for one week every month.
The revised subspecialty requirements from the American Board of Pediatrics require that fellows not only receive formal instruction in adult learning methods, but also have opportunities to teach in a variety of settings, from web-based teaching to large groups. During your three years in the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship, these and other important teaching opportunities are available.
Supervising consultants evaluate each fellow on a quarterly basis. Evaluation takes place in each of six core competencies. In addition, you meet with the program director and division chair on a quarterly basis to evaluate the faculty to ensure that your educational needs are being met and review the evaluations from the previous quarter.