The first year of fellowship consists of a range of inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences to cover the broad range of endocrine diseases. Clinical rotations are conducted primarily at BWH and Boston Children's Hospital.
Typically, first year endocrine fellows spend nine months performing inpatient consultations at BWH. With the supervision of the attending endocrinology faculty, fellows perform the initial evaluation and provide ongoing diagnostic and management recommendations to the primary inpatient care teams. Teaching rounds occur Monday through Friday and ad hoc on weekends. These rounds are designed for education, presentation of new patients, and discussion of ongoing cases and treatment plans.
Each first year fellow will cover approximately fourteen weekends throughout the academic year; the second and third year fellows cover approximately three weekends each per year. Holiday coverage is split evenly between the first year fellows.
First year fellows typically participate in two to five clinics per week, spanning the breadth of endocrinology and allowing the fellows to work closely with experts in the field.
The clinics include continuity clinics where the fellows can follow their own patient panel:
In addition, the fellows rotate through a range of subspecialty clinics, including:
Second and third year fellows participate in a weekly General Endocrine Longitudinal Clinic, with the rest of their time reserved for research. These fellows may schedule additional clinical rotations on an elective basis.
Ole-Petter Hamnvik, MB BCh BAO, MMSc, Fellowship Program Director, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension at Brigham and Women’s Hospital describes clinical experiences during the first year of the Endocrinology Fellowship Training Program.
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