The Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship consists of one year of clinical training, one year of research and a final year of clinical training or research.
During the first 12 months of the fellowship, you will help care for outpatients with endocrine and metabolic diseases under the supervision of faculty. You will have the opportunity to work in Mayo Clinic's special endocrine clinics, where adult patients are seen and evaluated for complicated or unusual endocrine and metabolic disorders.
During the first year of this fellowship, you also will have some experience with inpatient pediatric endocrine consultations. In the second year, your only clinical training will involve a half-day of continuity clinic, seeing pediatric endocrine patients. Your final year of training will include continuation of continuity clinic, in addition to providing the inpatient pediatric endocrine consultations one week per month. Additional outpatient clinical training is also available during the third year.
A typical training schedule includes the following rotations:
|Clinical pediatric endocrinology
||9 months |
|Clinical adult endocrinology
||3 months |
||12 months |
|Clinical pediatric endocrinology
||0-12 months |
Opportunities are available for rotations in both genetics and laboratory endocrinology.
During the research rotations in your second and third years of training, you will continue to spend a half-day each week in a pediatric endocrinology continuity clinic.
Regularly scheduled didactic courses, seminars and case conferences will enhance your clinical experience. These include the following weekly events:
- Endocrine Grand Rounds
- Pediatric Endocrine Case Conference
- General pediatric conferences (2)
- Lecture series covering both clinical and research topics
You will take a graduate level course in statistics and a computer skills course. You also will attend at least one national professional meeting during your fellowship.
At least 12 months of your fellowship will be spent in a clinical or laboratory-based research program. You will 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 will select a research mentor from Mayo Clinic's pediatric or adult endocrinology faculty. With your mentor's help, you will define a topic of special interest and develop the research protocol. The second year of the fellowship will be devoted entirely to research, with one afternoon each week set aside for patient follow-up from your first-year clinics. During the third year you can spend as much as twelve months of additional research time to complete and document your study.
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 no call 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 sub-specialty 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 a trainee's three years in the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program, 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 the fellow meets with the program director on a quarterly basis to assess whether or not personal goals and objectives are being met, and to review the evaluations from the previous quarter.