To better prepare physicians to care for this growing and complex patient population The Brody School of Medicine of East Carolina University (BSOM) and Vidant Medical Center (formerly Pitt County Memorial Hospital) in conjunction with the ECU Diabetes and Obesity Center has sponsored a one-year diabetes fellowship to primary care physicians since 2004. This innovative and successful program is open to physicians who have successfully completed their training in internal medicine, family medicine, or med-peds.
Fellows intensively study diabetes, lipids, obesity and nutrition for one year as a PGY-4 resident. The VMC office of Graduate Medical Education administers the program. The BSOM adult and pediatric endocrinologists (and other active diabetes providers) will provide state of the art training in both the BSOM Clinics and the inpatient setting at VMC as well as opportunities at sites within communities in eastern North Carolina.
Optional aspects of the fellowship will include additional concentration in nutrition, obesity, pediatric diabetes, diabetic foot care, inpatient diabetes management, gestational diabetes and high risk pregnancy, type 1 diabetes (and insulin pumps), bariatrics and geriatric diabetes.
Concentration in these areas will depend on the interest of the fellow and the availability and interest of supervising faculty in their areas of expertise.
Candidate selection will be a competitive process and based on prior academic performance and recommendations from the residents’ supervising faculty/attending physicians.