Most fellows are pediatric physicians (MDs) who have finished an approved residency training program in pediatrics.
The usual 3-year fellowship consists of 6 months of inpatient clinical work and 30 months of research and outpatient clinical work, leading to eligibility to sit for the sub-specialty board examination in pediatric endocrinology administered by the American Board of Pediatrics.
The six months of inpatient work consists of two aspects. The first is training in clinical investigation of pediatric endocrine disorders through patients admitted to the UCSF Pediatric Clinical Research Center; the second is providing inpatient consultations and care to patients admitted with pediatric endocrine disorders.
The 30 months of research is pursued in the laboratory of one of the faculty members, and may entail clinical investigation, whole animal physiology, cell biology, molecular endocrine genetics, or a combination of these, depending on the individual fellow's interests and career plans. During this time, fellows attend a general pediatric endocrine outpatient clinic and the pediatric diabetes outpatient clinic (each one-half day per week).
In selected cases the fellowship may be extended for a fourth year to provide a more thorough research training experience.
Fellows and faculty attend weekly clinical conferences, a journal club and research conferences. There is also a weekly Endocrine Grand Rounds series that features both local and guest speakers from medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN and basic sciences, a weekly reproductive endocrinology seminar series and monthly joint pediatric/adult endocrine rounds.
In addition fellows may take courses in the graduate division in cellular and molecular biology, statistics, and in design of clinical research protocols.
In addition to pediatric physicians preparing for careers as pediatric endocrinologists, the division also welcomes MDs and PhDs who do not have clinical training in pediatrics but who are interested in scientific careers related to pediatric endocrinology. Thus non-pediatricians interested in careers in virtually any aspect of endocrinology may be eligible for support as described in the first paragraph above. More details about research training opportunities in the division are found in each faculty member's description of research interests.