Fellowship Program Overview

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Thank you for your interest in the joint Endocrinology Fellowship Training Program at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and the Veterans Administration Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS).  The main purpose of our program is to prepare individuals for rewarding careers in endocrinology and metabolism.  Our fellowship program is designed to provide two years of clinical training in the field of Endocrinology and Metabolism.  The two main sites (OHSU and VAPORHCS) provide an ideal mix of patients and clinical settings to permit unparalleled breadth of inpatient and outpatient experiences. Graduates of this program will be trained and fully equipped to function as clinical endocrinologists, clinical educators, or clinician scientists, depending on the individual career goals of the individuals.

Clinical Training

The OHSU-VA Endocrinology Fellowship Training Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Our academic faculty staff endocrinologists serve as teachers and mentors. Their various backgrounds result in an exceptional depth and breadth of clinical expertise. Our trainees are fully integrated into all aspects of our academically diverse Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Clinical Nutrition allowing for one-on-one working relationships between fellows and supervising faculty.

There are 2 fellows in each year of training.  Generally, each academic year includes 4 months of inpatient clinical endocrine consultation and 8 months of outpatient experience with research and independent study time.  The fellows serve as leaders of the endocrine team, which consists of the fellow, internal medicine residents and medical students, with attending supervision. Clinical training is carried out at both the OHSU Medical Center and at the adjacent Veteran's Administration Medical Center.

Research

The fellowship experience can be modified based on the trainee's career goals with responsibilities in both clinical and research fields (research training opportunities at OHSU include time and financial support to complete advanced degrees in the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, participation in human investigational studies in the NIH-funded Clinical Research Unit; acquisition of skills in clinical, basic, translational, or health care delivery and outcomes research or access to workshops on preparing research manuscripts, protocols, delivering effective scientific presentations, etc.)

Clinics & Didactics

Outpatient experience takes place in half-day continuity outpatient clinics in general endocrinology and various subspecialties.  All fellows participate in at least 1 continuity clinic over the course of their training.  Our trainees hone their skills as educators by active engagement in formal and informal didactic activities targeted at all levels of medical training. Additionally, all fellows participate in a variety of conferences, including a weekly core curriculum didactic series, city-wide clinical case series and journal club.

Training Experience

Our training program provides 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, pituitary disease, dyslipidemia, bone and mineral disorders, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal disease, endocrine neoplasia, reproductive disorders, and clinical malnutrition.  Fellows will acquire the technical and procedural skills necessary to enable them to provide complete, clinical, patient care services, including, thyroid ultrasound and biopsy, insulin pump management and continuous glucose monitoring, interpretation of bone densitometry, and radioiodine scanning and therapy.  Throughout the training experience, ethical and compassionate behavior and cultural competency are emphasized, as is the impact of socioeconomic factors on health care delivery, so that our graduates are fully prepared to negotiate the increasingly challenging practice environment.

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.

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