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Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology

The fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology is an ACGME-accredited three-year program to prepare an individual for an active career in clinical care, research and teaching.

The program provides comprehensive training in the evaluation and care of children and adolescents with endocrine disorders, leading to board eligibility in the subspecialty of Pediatric Endocrinology. In addition, the program wants to develop highly qualified and productive investigators in clinical and/or laboratory research in the field of Pediatric Endocrinology.

The Weill Cornell Academic Environment

The Department of Pediatrics at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center was officially renamed the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health in 2005. Today, there are over 80 full-time faculty members who participate in general inpatient and sub-specialty care, resident education, and scientific research. The department is committed to patient care, education and research.

Fellows in endocrinology gain extensive experience in patient care for virtually every childhood endocrine disease. In addition, they have many research opportunities within the Weill Cornell Medical College and our affiliated, Tri-Institutional research institutions, The Rockefeller University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Clinical research can be supported through The Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) at Weill Cornell (http://www.med.cornell.edu/ctsc/). CTSC provides an integrated, comprehensive research support system that includes education, training and mentoring for clinical research investigators, coordinators and staff.

Curriculum Outline

The Pediatric Endocrine Fellowship consists of at least 12 months of clinical service that is primarily completed during the first year of training. During the remaining time, fellows maintain their continuity clinics and pursue their own research project.

Clinical Training

During their first year, fellows are expected to be "on service" for approximately 6 months. The fellow on service is responsible for the inpatient and emergency room endocrine patients, responds to emergency endocrine issues and telephone calls, and rotates at the outpatient clinic areas. The program provides continuity clinics in both diabetes and general endocrine.

In the second and third years of the fellowship, fellows are expected to spend approximately 3 months on service per year. Fellows spend the rest of their time on research, while they maintain their continuity outpatient clinics. An elective outpatient rotation at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is also available for those interested in endocrinopathies of cancer survivors.

Research Training

Fellows spend at least 12 months of their fellowship in a clinical or laboratory-based research program. They are expected to learn how to develop a research protocol, conduct a study, evaluate the results, and create a presentation or a manuscript suitable for publication. Development of a grant proposal during the third fellowship year is strongly encouraged.

Fellows have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of research projects at the laboratories of faculty and collaborating investigators at the Tri-Institutional hospitals (Rockefeller University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the Hospital for Special Surgery). Clinical research is conducted through the Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC).

Weekly Schedule and Conferences

Here is a sample schedule:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30am - 9:30am Morning Report Pediatric Grand Rounds Joint Adult and Peds Endo Rounds Morning Report Morning Report
9:30am - 12:00pm Peds Endocrine Testing General Endocrine Clinic Joint Adult and Peds Endo Rounds Con't Outpatient (Private patient s) Peds Endocrine Testing
12:00pm - 1:00pm General Peds Noon Conference General Peds Noon Conference General Peds Noon Conference General Peds Noon Conference Professor's Rounds
1:00pm - 5:00pm   Outpatient (Private patients) Outpatient (Private patients) Diabetes Clinic  
5:00pm - 6:00pm   Peds Endo Conference      

Benefits

Benefits and salary are according to PGY level and determined by the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Subsidized housing is usually available in the immediate vicinity of the hospital.

How to Apply/ Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be board eligible or certified in Pediatrics and graduates of a United States residency program. Curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation from the applicant's training program, and a personal statement are required. Interviews are then arranged. All accepted fellows must apply for and obtain a New York State Medical License.

The application process takes place the year prior to enrollment. General pediatric residents are encouraged to apply during the fall of their second year. Interviews usually take place in the winter, and acceptance letters are mailed in the spring.

The program usually accepts one fellow at each of the three years of training. Most of the past graduates have gone on to rewarding academic careers in major medical centers.

Contact Us

Please address application inquires to Maria Aranda at:
mca2003@med.cornell.edu
Phone: 646-962-2063
Fax: 646-962-0265

Please send correspondence to:
Maria G. Vogiatzi, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Endocrinology
New York Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical College
525 E 68th Street, Box 103
New York, NY 10065

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