Graduate Medical Education (GME): Pediatric Endocrinology

Fellowship Program Director: Maya Lodish, M.D.

Overview
The fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology is a three-year ACGME-accredited program providing comprehensive training in clinical patient management and guidance in the development of research skills. The fellowship is administratively supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and based at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (NIH CC), in Bethesda, Maryland. The NICHD program is located in one of the largest and most sophisticated research institutions in the United States. The NIH Clinical Center maintains clinical research protocols investigating the treatment of adrenal and pituitary tumors, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, precocious puberty, idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis, Cushing's syndrome, obesity, and other protocol type cases. The fellow gains critical skills in the construction and execution of clinical research projects while learning about some of the more rare pediatric endocrine disorders.

Program Structure
The Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at NIH consists of one year of clinical training, and two years of combined clinical training and research training. During the first year the fellows rotate to Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Georgetown University, Children’s National Medical Center, and at the NIH Clinical Center. During the second and third years, mandatory clinical responsibilities are limited to a half-day continuity clinic per week and providing inpatient pediatric endocrine consultation on an on-call basis.

Fellows learn how to develop a research protocol, conduct a study, evaluate the results, and create a presentation or a manuscript suitable for publication. Work in a laboratory setting performing state-of-the-art basic science research is closely supervised by internationally known mentors. During the first year, a research mentor is chosen and the project for each fellow and progress on it are monitored by a committee, as recommended by the American Board of Pediatrics [disclaimer]. With the mentor's help, a topic of special interest is defined and a research protocol is developed. The second and third years of the fellowship are dedicated to the successful completion of the selected project(s) with minimal clinical duty requirements. See also the following site for more information on research training at the NIH: NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education.

Additional Information
For more information, please visit the NICHD Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program webpage and the Complete Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Overview webpage.

Application Information
The Pediatric Endocrinology Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Applications are submitted through ERAS [disclaimer].

Our program participates in the NRMP match. Upon successful completion of the three-year training program, fellows are eligible to sit for the examination of the American Board of Pediatrics. Qualified candidates must have completed PGY-3 level training prior to initiation of the fellowship, and should be eligible for board certification by the American Board of Pediatrics. There are two positions available per year, and applications should be received at least one year in advance. Fellows stay a minimum of three years; selected fellows can stay additional years as senior medical staff fellows, or through other mechanisms.

Interviews are scheduled January through March. For more information, call the pediatric endocrine program coordinator, at 301-451-1466.