The fellowship training program consists of 6 months of inpatient consultations (4 months in the first year and 2 months in the second year). A minimum of ten months protected time for research is provided in the second year. Continuity clinic occurs on four half days per week for first year fellows and two half days per week for second year fellows. Thyroid ultrasound and biopsy procedure clinic is held one half day per week for each fellow. During inpatient rotations and research time, continuity outpatient clinic is reduced to two half days per week for first year fellows and two half days per week for second year fellows. Subspecialty clinics in pediatric and reproductive endocrinology are held weekly for three months each in the second year. Ample educational opportunities are offered through weekly clinical case conferences and lectures, journal club and research conferences, and daily rounds.
The endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism section offers numerous opportunities in clinical and translational research, particularly through the ECU Metabolic Institute, which was established in 2004 to research the potential causes and cures for diabetes, and includes numerous NIH-funded investigators.
The Endocrinology Fellowship Program encompasses the ACGME competency requirements which include the following:
- Patient Care
- Medical Knowledge
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
- System-Based Practice