Division of Endocrinology Fellowship Curriculum | Second & Third Years

Under the supervision of a faculty preceptor, the fellow undertakes a comprehensive investigation of one area of basic or clinical research. In addition to the broad range of areas of investigation offered by the faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital, fellows may choose to work with investigators at affiliated institutions including Joslin Diabetes Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Broad Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Please see “Research Opportunities” for more details.

Each fellow has a Scholarship Oversight Committee that meets with the fellow at least twice per year to review research progress and scholarly activities. This group also advises the fellow on overall career development, with the goal of guiding the fellow’s post-graduate planning and transition to a faculty position.

In both the second and third years, each fellow continues with longitudinal clinics for one half-day per week at Boston Children's Hospital, seeing a combination of general endocrinology and diabetes. All fellows spend one week at a summer camp for children with diabetes during the summer before their second or third year. At camp, practical issues in diabetes outpatient management are emphasized under the guidance of attending staff. During the third year, each fellow returns to the inpatient service for a one-week supervisory experience, overseeing the Endocrinology and Diabetes services with support from a faculty member.

Night/Weekend Call

In the second and third years, each fellow takes call from home for the inpatient Endocrinology and Diabetes services one weeknight every 6 weeks. Weekend inpatient calls are divided evenly among fellows of all three years and occur every 9th weekend (on average). Weekend inpatient call includes daytime rounding in the hospital and overnight call from home (Fri and Sat nights). In addition, every 9th weekend each fellow takes diabetes outpatient call from home (Sat/Sun mornings 8a-12p) to allow for more efficient inpatient rounding, and covers overnight inpatient call from home on Sunday evening.

Education and Conferences

Fellows continue to attend a variety of other educational conferences including Fundamentals of Endocrinology, Fellows’ Journal Club, Endocrinology Case Conferences and Division Seminars, and a variety of endocrine subspecialty and multidisciplinary conferences. They also present their ongoing research annually to the Endocrine Division.