Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism Fellowship

Program Overview


Objective:

The overall objective of the two-year Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism is the acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and clinical competence that are necessary to perform as a clinical care provider and consultant in endocrinology.  Graduates of the program will be prepared to enter either clinical or academic practice in endocrinology.

Curriculum:

There are two primary teaching sites–Truman Medical Center and Hellman & Rosen Endocrine Associates– which together provide experience with patients across a diverse spectrum of age, racial and ethnic background, socioeconomic status, gender, and clinical conditions in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Year 1:
The fellow spends 8 months at Truman Medical Center, an urban, academic medical center, and 4 months at Hellman & Rosen Endocrine Associates, a busy, multidisciplinary, private endocrinology practice.  In addition, the fellow begins formal clinical research training through a masters-level course in Clinical Research Methodology.  Clinical rotations include the following:

  • Inpatient Consultations
  • Ambulatory Consultations
  • Fellow’s Ambulatory Continuity Clinic
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Nutrition

Year 2:
The fellow spends 8-9 months at Truman Medical Center and 3-4 months at Hellman & Rosen Endocrine Associates.  The fellow continues formal clinical research training through the masters-level course in Biostatistics.  3-4 months of the year are dedicated to research, with an option for one of the months as an elective.  There is flexibility in scheduling for clinical research activities at either Truman Medical Center or Hellman & Rosen Endocrine Associates.  The fellow is expected to complete both a research project and a quality improvement project before the end of the second year.  Clinical rotations and experiences include the following:

  • Inpatient Consultations
  • Ambulatory Consultations
  • Fellow’s Ambulatory Continuity Clinic
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Endocrinology of Pregnancy

 

Conferences:

The didactic curriculum and conferences occur year-round and include the following:

  • Core Curriculum (weekly)
  • Case Conference (weekly)
  • Journal Club (monthly)
  • Radiology Conference (monthly)
  • Thyroid Conference (semi-annually)
  • Patient Safety/Quality Improvement (every other month)
  • Kansas City Metro Endocrine Grand Rounds (approximately 6 times per year in collaboration with two other local adult and pediatric endocrinology fellowship programs)

 

Research:

The research experience includes formal training in research methodology (Year 1) and biostatistics (Year 2) in required courses.  Interested fellows may take additional coursework toward a Certificate in Clinical Research or a Masters of Science in Bioinformatics.  Fellows will choose a research project and mentor in the first year, and complete the project in the second year.  A Statistical Consult Service is available through the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine to assist fellows with study design and analysis.

 

Quality Improvement & Patient Safety:

There is a didactic curriculum in quality improvement and patient safety.  The fellow will complete a mentored quality improvement project by the end of the fellowship, and routinely participate in patient safety activities.