The Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism fellowship program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an ACGME-accredited two year program designed to prepare trainees for competence in academic as well as clinical careers in Endocrinology. Through inpatient and outpatient clinical rotations, conferences, and research, trainees gain experience in the pathophysiology, evaluation, and treatment of a broad spectrum of endocrine disease in adult and pediatric patients. Pediatric and reproductive endocrinology rotations are provided through arrangements with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. There are more than10,000 outpatient visits per year to the Diabetes and Endocrine Clinics.
A series of clinical, research, and journal club conferences organized throughout the year provides a forum for further education, interaction with faculty and visiting professors, and development of presentation skills for the fellows. Additional conferences incorporate other topics such as ethics in the practice of clinical endocrinology, compliance to appropriate billing of clinical encounters, process of applying for endocrinology positions etc. The fellowship curriculum is structured so that Board eligibility can be obtained in 24 months. A third year of fellowship is possible for those interested in pursuing additional research training for an academic career.
In addition to clinical training, research is a required component of the program. Throughout the fellowship, each trainee works closely with a faculty advisor in a clinical or basic science research area of mutual interest. This relationship provides appropriate mentoring for conducting the research project and career development. Research areas available to fellows include clinical and basic thyroid cancer, diabetes mellitus, transplantation, gastrointestinal hormones, neuroendocrine tumors, hyperlipidemia, neuroendocrinology and stress, cell signaling, MEN syndromes, osteoporosis, primary hyperparathyroidism, and obesity disorders. Many of the faculty members hold current NIH, other federally or privately funded research grants spanning basic science to clinical outcomes research. There are opportunities to interact with collaborating scientific faculty at Ohio State as well. The division is consistently recognized by the US News & World Report surveyof top-ranked hospitals for Diabetes & Endocrinology in America.