Program Director: Ismat Shafiq, MBBS; Associate Program Director: Marilyn Augustine, MD
One of the most important missions of an academic institution is to teach and train the next generation of doctors and researchers. Our three-year program consists of two equally important arms: a strong, broad-based clinical education, and an in-depth research experience - either clinical or basic. The first year is nearly 100% clinical. Fellows work in multiple outpatient clinics, and also see inpatients on the consultation service. In contrast, the second and third years of the program are primarily research-based, with fellows spending approximately 20% of their time seeing patients, and the remaining 80% performing state-of-the-art research with one of the many talented scientists at the University of Rochester. Because of this well-rounded training with an academic focus, the majority of our fellows in the past three years have obtained jobs at academic medical centers.
Clinical training in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism consists of a broad-based program covering all aspects of Endocrinology. Fellows gain experience by seeing their own cadre of patients, and teaching skills are honed by precepting medical students and residents who rotate through the clinic.
We have an extremely active outpatient clinic, seeing more than 12,000 patients per year. We are a tertiary referral center that sees the entire spectrum of endocrine disorders. We have an active combined Endocrine/Surgical clinic allowing for multi-disciplinary assessment and management of patients. In this clinic, fellows receive experience in thyroid ultrasounds and fine needle aspirations (FNAs). Fellows continue to follow surgical patients when they are admitted to the hospital, as well as during outpatient follow-up. Thus, fellows and patients experience seamless care from diagnosis to treatment of their endocrine disorders. Our outstanding and busy URMC Diabetes Care program also consists of both an inpatient and outpatient arm.
Our Diabetes education program includes two nurse-practitioners and three nutritionists, all of whom are certified diabetes educators. We have one of the largest insulin pump programs in the United States, and have extensive experience in real-time continuous glucose monitoring.
In the Multidisciplinary Pituitary Clinic, fellows see patients with a team of physicians and allied health care providers from the Division of Endocrinology and the Department of Neurosurgery. The clinic has nearly 1000 patient visits per year from Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania. The multidisciplinary approach used in this clinic allows for more coordinated and efficient care of patients, and has enriched the training experience for residents and fellows in both Neurosurgery and Endocrinology.
In the Metabolic Bone Clinic, fellows get experience treating all forms of metabolic bone disease, including osteoporosis, Paget’s, osteomalacia, and hyperparathyroidism. Fellows gain experience in reading DXA results as well as planning and carrying out treatment plans for patients with bone disorders.
The Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism consists of several NIH-sponsored clinical and basic researchers. In addition, the Division is part of an exciting group of internationally recognized academic physicians and scientists that make up the University of Rochester Medical Center. During the first year of training, Endocrine fellows are introduced to the research interests of our Divisional faculty and those of other University of Rochester faculty performing Endocrine-related research. Working with the Divisional faculty, fellows then chose their mentors from any of these qualified researchers, and spend their second and third years working on important Endocrine research problems. Fellows are expected to complete a significant research project during this time, and are strongly encouraged to publish their results in high impact journals. We support sending the fellows to at least one national conference per year, where they can present their work and interact with leaders in their respective fields.
Throughout the three-year program, fellows participate in a myriad of stimulating and informative conferences, including clinical- and research-based conferences, journal clubs, and an in-depth teaching conference taught by the highly respected academic physicians at the University of Rochester.
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Please note that all applications are processed through the ERAS system.
Endocrine Fellowship Program Coordinator
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Department of Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave., Box 693
Rochester, NY 14642