Combined Medicine-Pediatrics fellows spend a total of 12 months on clinical Pediatric Endocrinology, another 12 months on clinical Internal Medicine Endocrinology, and 24 months conducting clinical or basic research. The overlap in research training between the Pediatric and Medicine fellowships allows combined fellows to become board-eligible for both the American Board of Pediatrics and American Board of Internal Medicine in four years.
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Clinical Training with High Patient Volume
When on the clinical service, on-call duty is every other night from home and every other weekend. Fellows cover a limited number of weekends when on research months. Three endocrine continuity clinics and one diabetes continuity clinic per month allow fellows to manage their own group of patients through the duration of the fellowship. Fellows also rotate through the sub-specialty endocrine clinics, allowing them to gain expertise in specific areas.
The research training program differs for each fellow depending on his or her individual needs and previous research experience. During their first months, fellows meet with program directors to explore research interests. By the end of six months, each fellow will have chosen a research project and mentor and begun research activities that continue throughout their training. The senior investigator on every project closely mentors the fellow with the fellow participating actively in the scientific design, execution, and interpretation of results from each experiment or project.
Structured mentorship and didactic courses in statistics, research ethics and clinical research methods or molecular biologic techniques prepare graduates for a career as a physician scientist. Fellows typically present their work at national meetings such as the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS), the American Diabetes Association, and the Endocrine Society. These presentations are carefully coordinated and the entire division participates in preparing the fellow for these public presentations. Fellows have numerous opportunities for authoring case reports, review articles and book chapters.
Endocrine Scientist Training Program
The Endocrine Scientist Training Program at IU School of Medicine is an NIH-funded program that prepares pediatric endocrinology and combined medicine-pediatric endocrinology fellows for a career in clinical or basic science research. This program is completed during the second or third year of fellowship training and consists of mentor-based training in clinical or laboratory research techniques as well as didactic courses in clinical research methods or molecular biologic techniques, research ethics and statistics.
This program consists of two tracks: the Endocrinology Clinical Research Track and the Basic Science of Endocrinology Track. Fellows following the Endocrinology Clinical Research Track obtain a Master of Clinical Research degree at the completion of their three-year fellowship.
Endocrine Scientist Curriculum
During the first months of training, Endocrine Scientist Training Program fellows meet with the program directors to explore their interests. The directors review potential areas for research and discuss potential mentors. At the end of the first six months of training, fellows will have identified both a research mentor and a research focus and be actively involved in research activities that continue through the duration of their training. Fellows have the opportunity to present findings at national meetings upon the completion of their first year. Additional opportunities exist for authoring case reports, review articles and book chapters.
Clinical Research Track
Basic Science Track
At the completion of their three-year fellowship program, graduates are prepared to become junior faculty at academic institutions and are able to successfully compete for research funding from the National Institutes of Health and non-governmental sources.