Endocrinology Fellowship

The Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program is designed to train pediatricians to become leaders in research and clinical care of children and adolescents with endocrine and metabolic diseases and diabetes mellitus.

The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology provides three years of clinical and research fellowship training. The first year is primarily directed toward the acquisition of clinical expertise in pediatric endocrinology, diabetes and metabolic disorders. This year is divided into 50 percent inpatient clinical services and 50 percent outpatient clinical responsibilities. The second and third years of the fellowship program are devoted almost entirely to course work and research under the mentorship of a faculty member.

Funding for the fellowship is currently through a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Grant and eligible candidates must be United States citizens or have immigrant status. International medical graduates who do not possess immigrant status and wish to apply for the fellowship program must secure their own funding, or, in exceptional circumstances, be eligible for provided funding through non-NIH resources.

Clinical Activities

The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology is responsible for a diverse clinical spectrum of approximately 2,000 endocrine and 2,200 diabetes patient visits per year to the outpatient Diabetes Center. 

The outpatient clinics are held two afternoons per week and up to two Saturday mornings per month. In addition, a Diabetes Clinic is held at a satellite location once a month. 

Six Endocrine Clinics are held weekly in addition to four satellite clinics per month. There is a diversity of patient material including short stature, hypopituitarism, thyroid disorders, adrenal disorders, disorders of sexual differentiation, disorders of calcium metabolism, inborn errors of metabolism, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, secondary diabetes mellitus, insulin resistance syndromes and atypical diabetes. Inpatients are admitted to the endocrine ward where up to ten beds are available including four under the NIH-funded General Clinical Research Center.

Educational Activities

Faculty and fellows in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology are active participants in all educational activities, including resident education at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and medical student education at the University of Pittsburgh.

These activities include didactic lectures, problem-based learning sessions as well as clinical patient rounds. Additional formalized activities include one hour per week attendance at The Pediatric Endocrine Research Conference presented by local or invited speakers, Pediatric Endocrine Clinical Conferences presented by faculty and fellows, once a month Pediatric Endocrine Journal Club, once a week University Adult/Pediatric Endocrine Conference, and once a week Pediatric Grand Rounds

Instruction in basic science techniques and clinical research, such as research design, bioethics and biostatistics, are offered through a course organized for all fellows at UPMC Children’s Hospital and can be supplemented by additional course work at the Graduate School of Public Health. Moreover, the fellows are given the opportunity to attend at least one national research meeting each year.

Meet our Current Fellows.