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 Basic Science of Endocrinology Track and the Endocrinology Clinical Research Track. Fellows following the Endocrinology Clinical Research Track obtain a Master of Clinical Research degree at the completion of their three-year fellowship.
During the first months of training, Endocrine Scientist Training Program fellows meet with the program directors to explore their interests. The directors then review potential areas for research and discuss potential mentors for each fellow. 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.
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.