The Fellowship Program in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Missouri School of Medicine consists of a two-year training program designed to provide advanced and comprehensive educational opportunities to physicians in the clinical and investigative aspects of the subspecialty. The program has sufficient flexibility to accommodate the wide variety of needs, goals and interests of each trainee.
The objective of this program is to produce graduate physicians eligible for certification in Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes by the American Board of Internal Medicine. They will be capable of dealing in depth with the diagnostic and management problems innate to Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, whether their anticipated future career be in clinical practice or academic medicine. The goal of all of our educational programs is to provide highly motivated fellows with the best possible clinical and research training and to prepare them for long-term careers in academic medicine.
The first year is organized to provide intensive exposure to clinical patient care of adult and pediatric endocrine and metabolic disorders. This clinical exposure involves both hospitalized and clinic patients. The fellow works closely with the attending faculty and will develop skills in the synthesis, interpretation, and application of clinical and laboratory information.
The second year of fellowship is more loosely structured, permitting fellows to spend varying amounts of their time in both clinical and research activities. Fellows interested in the clinical practice of Endocrinology and Diabetes continue to nurture their expertise and skills in predominantly clinically oriented activities. Fellows primarily interested in an academic career may elect to spend over 50% of their activities in the realm of research (clinical or basic).
In patient consultations are seen in all University Health Care affiliated hospitals. A close working relationship is maintained with the Department of Child Health so that fellows become experienced with the endocrine and metabolic problems found in patients in this age group. Fellows play a major role in patient care and also in teaching house staff and students. Consultative teaching rounds are made daily with the attending faculty, fellows, house staff and students.
Endocrine-Metabolic and Diabetes outpatient clinics are held at the University Hospital and Clinics, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and the VA Hospital. There are specialty clinics in osteoporosis, thyroid ultrasound, fine needle aspiration, as well as general Endocrine and Diabetes Clinics. Fellows have an active responsibility for the delivery of continuing outpatient care. Close supervision of the clinics is provided by all attending faculty.
Weekly Medical Grand Rounds and monthly Research Conferences are conducted by the Department of Medicine.
Tuesday afternoons (from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) are dedicated for teaching activities. Every Tuesday at 1 p.m. a case conference is presented by a fellow. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. is dedicated for Research conferences, Basic Science conferences, Journal Clubs, and lectures. At 4:00 p.m. Endocrine Board Review questions are discussed.
Development of investigative expertise is an integral part of the training program for all fellows. In order to develop critical analytic skills, fellows may participate in research. Ongoing investigative protocols of the attending staff are available for fellow participation, or a fellow may initiate his or her own study. Extensive laboratory research facilities are available for fellows to work with faculty. Fellows also get opportunities to present posters at national meetings. Fellows are expected to work with faculty on publications.
In addition to training fellows to get certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism boards, we give the necessary training to encourage our fellows to have the following added qualifications if interested:
- Specialist in hypertension by completing Hypertension Specialist Examination.
- Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CCD) by completing certifying exam for bone densitometry.
- Obesity board certification from American Board of Obesity Medicine.
- Endocrine Certification in neck ultrasound (ECNU).
How to Apply
It is a prerequisite that applicants have completed three years of accredited training in Internal Medicine. As the fellowship program is primarily clinical, all fellows must be eligible for licensure in the State of Missouri. For international medical graduates, this will require passing the visa qualifying examination (ECFMG examination or equivalent).
The University of Missouri is an equal employment and educational opportunity institution and complies with the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. All reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate special needs. Anyone with special needs should notify us at the address below. Applications will be considered solely on the basis of merit.
Applications are accepted exclusively through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) program. We require the common application form, three (3) letters of recommendation and a personal statement. Additional information can be submitted at your discretion. The program also participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).
Application Deadline: The deadline for ERAS applications is Aug. 15. Selected candidates will be invited to interview in September and October.
Visa Status: The University of Missouri Endocrinology Fellowship Program supports persons with J1 visa status only.
A complete ERAS application includes:
- Current curriculum vitae
- Personal statement
- Three current letters of recommendation - including one from your Program Director
- Medical School transcripts
- Dean's letter
- Recent photograph
- Copies of published articles or manuscripts (if applicable)
- Copy of ECFMG certificate
- USMLE transcripts
The University of Missouri Endocrinology Fellowship Program will be participating in the newly added NRMP Endocrinology Match this year. Please see http://www.nrmp.org for information regarding this process.