The clinical fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is an ACGME-certified program that provides a strong training experience in clinical endocrinology, significant exposure to endocrinology research and opportunities for advanced research training. Fellowship applicants may select a two-year program that is particularly appropriate for individuals interested in a career in clinical practice, or a three-year program (with possible extension to additional years) structured to provide preparation for an academic and research career.
The program is based at Rhode Island Hospital, with important training components provided by rotations at the Roger Williams Medical Center and the VA Medical Center in Providence. Fellows receive broad training in all aspects of clinical endocrinology through their participation in the ambulatory, inpatient and academic activities of the division. This includes the acquisition of skills in fine needle thyroid aspiration biopsy and the interpretation of bone densitometry. Trainees have rotations in the pediatric endocrine clinic at Hasbro Children's Hospital, as well as the high-risk pregnancy clinic and reproductive endocrinology clinic at Women & Infants Hospital.
To complete the fellowship, there is a requirement to participate in both the clinical activities of the division, and in one or more independent research projects. This can involve clinical or basic research studies, which are arranged on an individual basis with faculty members. Support is provided for fellows to attend at least one research conference per year, such as the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, the American Diabetes Association, or the American Thyroid Association.
An integral part of the fellowship is participation in the teaching activities of the division. This includes contributing to the teaching of endocrinology to Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University students in the second year endocrine pathophysiology course, the presentation of occasional teaching conferences for medical residents, and the teaching of endocrinology to medical residents who rotate through the program. Educational conferences coordinated by the division include a weekly endocrinology conference in which fellows present cases and research results, a weekly endocrine journal club and grand rounds program. Additionally, there are monthly conferences on bone and mineral metabolism, research, neuro-endocrine pathology, and an inter-hospital case presentation conference.
The fellows recruited for the program are highly capable and have a record of excellent performance on the endocrinology boards. Graduates who enter endocrine subspecialty practice have the reputation of being exceptionally well prepared to function as endocrinology consultants and practitioners. Although the emphasis on research opportunities has been greatly increased and elements have been added to the program to facilitate the successful transition of fellows to academic careers, the program has and will continue to maintain a structure which assures that graduating trainees will have outstanding, comprehensive skills in clinical endocrinology.
By the time of matriculation into the program, all applicants for fellowship training in the subspecialty of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism should have completed residency training in internal medicine in the U.S. and be board eligible/certified in internal medicine.
If you are interested in applying for two- or three-year ACGME-certified fellowship training, you may apply through ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service, by visiting http://www.aamc.org.