Endocrinology

The Division has a 3-year fellowship in pediatric endocrinology. As of July 1, 2005, we have been awarded a T32 training grant in pediatric endocrinology from the NIH- NIDDK for this training program. Over the past 5 years we have had more than 60 manuscripts, 20 textbook chapters and reviews and 40 abstracts accepted for publication or presentation. Many represent research accomplished by our fellows.

Our educational initiatives are to train the future physician-scientists and academic leaders in Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, fund young researchers working in basic science and patient oriented research and train physicians in family based, patient centered clinical services. The goal of the training program is to provide the subspecialty resident with the scientific and clinical background to diagnose and manage endocrine diseases and diabetes mellitus in childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood and to offer a training experience in research in pediatric endocrine diseases. The program provides progressive clinical, technical and consultative experience that enables the resident to develop expertise as a consultant in pediatric endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, and to begin his/her development as a principal investigator. Competency in the six ACGME areas—patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems-based practices—is achieved over three years. All fellows as of July 2005 are assigned to a scholarly oversight committee for evaluation of fellows' progress.

The fellows learn about the pertinent aspects of genetics with emphasis on the areas of counseling and biochemical genetics, cytogenetics, and phenotypic expression of disease. With the expansion of our program to include the laboratory of Dr. Rudolph Leibel, exposure and training extends into the sphere of molecular genetics. There is a close relationship between the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. In the traditional first year, the program emphasizes the fundamentals of clinical diagnosis. With the full integration of the Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes Program at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center beginning in the first year, the Pediatric Endocrine residents are trained in the management of patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in an exceptional setting that provides state of the art clinical approaches for both in-patients and out-patients. A highlight of this relationship is the opportunity for the residents to begin, early on, to be mentored by investigators whose primary interests are in areas of research that are relevant to pediatric diabetes.

The patient population at New York-Presbyterian Morgan-Stanley Children's Hospital includes a large number of endocrine patients, close to 8000 visits a year, representing a wide variety and complexity of endocrine disorders and ranging in age from newborn to young adults. The residents have a continuing responsibility for the care of patients in the outpatient clinic throughout their training, providing a diversified and complex outpatient experience complementing their inpatient management experience.

Contact

Inquires regarding the fellowship should be addressed to:

Sharon E. Oberfield, M.D.
seo8@columbia.edu
(212) 305-6559