Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship
The mission of the Phoenix city-wide Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism training program is to graduate physicians who are competent to independently practice Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism with a high degree of professionalism and humanism and who also possess sufficient research experience for successful entry into academia, industry or private practice.
This is a two-year training program conducted primarily at the Phoenix VA Health Care System in Phoenix and sponsored by Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center with an optional third year for those interested in furthering their skills in biomedical research. The first year emphasizes the basic skills necessary for the practice of general endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism on rotations such as the VA consult service, Office Endocrinology, Pediatric Endocrinology. The second year provides exposure to more advanced skills and more specialized training in the fields of reproductive endocrinology, Neurosurgery as well as clinical and basic science research. By structuring the rotations for a certain level of trainee, we can provide progressive addition of responsibility and training in specific skills. An example of a typical schedule:
- Year 1 - VA Endocrine Consult Service (6 months), Banner Good Samaritan Office Endocrinology (3 months), Phoenix Children's Pediatric Endocrinology (1 month), Barrow's Neurologic Institute Neurosurgery/Pituitary Rotation (2 months)
- Year 2 - Basic and/or Clinical Research (9 months), elective (3 months)
- Year 3 (optional) - Independent supervised research (12 months)
During the second year, fellows will complete a nine-month minimum research requirement with appropriate protected time either at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, the National Institutes of Health Phoenix branch, or with investigators who participate in the citywide fellowship program or by arrangement with other investigators off-site. Current ongoing research is in the areas of:
- Genetics and epidemiology of diabetes in the Pima Indian population
- Macrovascular complications of diabetes
- Vascular biology
- Lipoprotein metabolism
- Epidemiology of Diabetes and Atherosclerosis in the VA
- Insulin signaling
- Health delivery systems to improve diabetes and its complications
With available funding, fellows may choose to expand their research skills during a third year of training during which they will perform independent supervised research. Third-year fellows would be expected to design, prepare and conduct a research project. Manuscript(s) preparation for publication in a peer-reviewed journal is expected.
For more information, please visit the Phoenix VA Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship Web site or contact Mary Gabaldon at (602) 277-5551, ext. 7396, or e-mail.