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Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a learning environment that is professional, nurturing and aids in the development of an outstanding Endocrinologist.  The key to our mission is that our training program aims to extend and enhance our patients’ future by providing the highest quality, patient-centered healthcare.

Vision Statement

Strive to achieve the goal of becoming the leading southeastern US Endocrinology division of choice, in patient care, education and research.

Introduction

Thank you for your interest in the Endocrinology Fellowship at The University of Florida. The main purpose of our program is to educate physicians to become outstanding clinicians, teachers and scientists in the broad field of Endocrinology and Metabolism. It is a two year fellowship program that provides high quality clinical training in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism along with ample exposure and education in the research activities of the division. Graduates of this program will be trained and fully equipped to function as clinical endocrinologists, clinical educators, or to further pursue education in clinical research, depending on individual career goals.

The division includes faculty with international reputations in clinical endocrinology and in both basic and clinical research. Exceptionally strong clinical training exists in diabetes mellitus, thyroid, pituitary, adrenal disease, osteoporosis and obesity.

Areas of research emphasis include pathophysiologic mechanisms and treatment of type 2 diabetes, thyroid cancer, drug metabolism, pharmacogenetics, inborn errors of metabolism, obesity and gene therapy for mitochondrial metabolic disorders.

5 Year Program Aims

  • Continue to move the training program toward a more academically focused fellowship program
    • Build on our past year improvements in QI research; within 5 years have a designated Quality chief fellow who would organize and guide the other fellows in Quality and Patient safety
    • Fully develop a research mentorship system for fellows; within 5 years have at least 5 faculty with extramural-funded clinical and/or translational research mentoring our fellows
    • Continue recruitment of research fellows with research interest and experience; within 5 years have a third year research fellow every year
  • Improve our evaluation system
    • Introduce more modalities of evaluation; within five years, fully incorporate OCSE and simulation-based evaluations into our curriculum.
    • Improve compliance by both faculty and fellows with the evaluation process; within 5 years, achieve 85% compliance with internal and 100% with ACGME surveys, routinely.
    • Increase professional development in the evaluation process; within five years, have at least 2 or 3 faculty that have participated in evaluation workshops or equivalent and will work to mentor other faculty in high quality evaluation and feedback processes.
  • Continue to emphasize the importance of a collaborative, open, nurturing environment for our fellows’ learning, as measured by ACGME and internal surveys
  • Continue to emphasize outstanding clinical teaching, as measured by ACGME and internal surveys

Fellowship – the 1st Year

The first year of fellowship is devoted predominantly to clinical training. Fellows spend 12 months participating in both ambulatory and inpatient endocrine and metabolism training. All training in the first year occurs at the University of Florida, Shands hospital and the Malcom Randall VA hospital. In addition to their clinical training, fellows attend divisional conferences, including Endocrine Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Endocrine Case Conference, Research Conference, board review, pathology conference, nuclear medicine conference, research-in-progress meetings, along with the core curriculum lectures. In addition, fellows attend the AACE Thyroid Ultrasound conference to prepare them for the path to ECNU certification.


Fellowship – the 2nd Year

During the late fall/early winter of the first year, fellows choose whether to follow a research or clinical educator pathway for the second, and if appropriate, third year*. Both pathways include all the required educational, clinical and research components to train fellows to become an independent board-certified endocrinologist. The research pathway is targeted to those fellows who choose to embark on investigative careers in basic science, translational, or clinical research. For these fellows, the primary emphasis becomes the fellow’s individual research project, supervised by a faculty mentor while they maintain one weekly continuity clinic. In addition, fellows who wish to further pursue clinical/translational research have opportunities for additional graduate work in clinical research. The goal is for the fellow to transition to independent mentored research funding as s/he advances on a research career track in academic medicine.

If the fellow chooses the clinical pathway, the second year is structured to further develop the skills of a consultant endocrine specialist. This second year has more clinical exposure to refine specialty-specific skills, including additional neck ultrasound, bone densitometry, insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring training. In addition, fellows conduct a mentored scholarly project with a goal of abstract presentation and subsequent publication, perform a quality improvement project, and actively engage in supplementary didactic activities.

Upon completion of our training program, all fellows will be fully competent to provide expert clinical care for individuals with endocrine and metabolic disorders, and/or to pursue investigative careers in clinical, translational or basic research. We provide a supportive environment in which fellows assume graduated levels of independence in caring for all patients coming to us from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds, who suffer from a broad range of endocrine disorders, including diabetes, lipid disorders, osteoporosis and bone metabolism, thyroid, pituitary, adrenal disease, reproductive disorders, endocrine neoplasia, and clinical nutrition.

*A third year in fellowship will be approved on a case-by-case basis assessed by the Program Director & Fellowship Coordinator.