OHSU Endocrinology Fellowship Training Program
|Thank you for your interest in the Endocrinology Fellowship
at Oregon Health & Science University. The main purpose of our program
is to prepare individuals for academic careers in endocrinology and metabolism.
It is a three-year fellowship program that provides high quality clinical
and research training in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. The first
year is devoted to clinical and bedside training in the diagnosis and management
of endocrine disorders and to an introduction to clinical and laboratory-based
research. Clinical training utilizes the resources of OHSU, including the
University Hospital and Clinics and the Portland
Veterans Administration Medical Center. The second and third years are
devoted to research training. During this period each trainee will work
closely with a scientific mentor selected from our 25-member training
faculty. Other important aspects of the program include regularly scheduled
clinical conferences, clinical and scientific journal clubs, scientific
seminars, and an individually tailored plan of instruction in biomedical
Training resources include the following components of OHSU:
The OHSU Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Clinical Nutrition, headed by Dr. David Cook, has a long tradition of clinical excellence. The 21 full-time faculty are divided into four sections: general endocrinology (disorders of the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, and gonads), diabetes and metabolism, lipids and clinical nutrition, and bone and mineral disorders. The division has a full complement of clinical activities with specialty clinics for clinical nutrition, lipid disorders, diabetes, bone and mineral abnormalities and general endocrinology. In addition, the thyroid tumor and pituitary diseases clinics provide a unique multi-disciplinary clinical experience with endocrinologists and surgeons collaborating on care. Approximately 10,000 patients are seen in these clinics each year. Another 500 patients per year are seen as inpatient consultations at the University Hospital and the adjacent Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center.
The OHSU Endocrine Division offers a complete panel of modern diagnostic tools for accurate and precise evaluation and management of endocrine patients, and supervises operations of the OHSU Dynamic Endocrine Testing Unit, which performs endocrine tests for OHSU and for many community-based clinical endocrinologists.
The OHSU General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) is the center for clinical research on campus. This unit has been funded by the National Center for Research Resources branch of NIH for the past 32 years. GCRC physical facilities include an inpatient unit in University Hospital with 7 beds, and an outpatient unit in the new Hatfield Research Building. Two members of our endocrine faculty, Dr. Eric Orwoll and Dr. Mary Samuels, have joint appointments as GCRC Program Director and Associate Program Director, respectively. Over 100 investigators utilize the GCRC, with over 120 active protocols. The inpatient component is funded for 800 patient bed days per year, and outpatient resources annually support nearly 4500 patient visits.
In addition to the Division of Endocrinology, The Vollum Institute, directed by Dr. Richard H. Goodman, the Oregon National Primate Research Center, directed by Dr. M. Susan Smith, and the Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, headed by Dr. Peter Rotwein, are main centers for training in basic endocrinological research. The Vollum Institute has an international reputation for excellence in basic research in molecular endocrinology and in the neurosciences. The Institute currently consists of 22 primary faculty, and has 48 postdoctoral and 41 predoctoral trainees. The Primate Center is a national and international resource for academic and research institutions. Thirty principal investigators conduct basic and applied biomedical research in three fields frequently identified as priority areas on the nation’s agenda for improving human health and well being: reproductive sciences, pathology and immunology and neuroscience. The Molecular Medicine Division in the Department of Medicine has a focus on basic and disease-oriented biomedical research. The division currently consists of 6 faculty and 10 postdoctoral trainees. Faculty from the Vollum and Molecular Medicine are involved in joint research projects and participate in several graduate and post-doctoral training programs.
We accept two individuals per year into our training program. Because our funding is from the National Institutes of Health, only individuals who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents will be considered. Applications are made via ERAS. The application is carefully reviewed upon receipt of all requested materials, and selected applicants are invited to interview. We participate in the match.