Program Overview

Mission Statement

The University of Connecticut School of Medicine’s Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship Program is dedicated to providing a two-year training program for those interested in pursuing careers in both academic and clinical Endocrinology. The Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Program is committed to helping and facilitating our fellows’ professional, ethical and personal development during their education. We promote an intense program of education to foster professional development as ethical, skilled and compassionate physicians who are knowledgeable and capable of meeting the challenges of a changing healthcare environment. Lastly, we work to collaborate with our affiliated hospitals and training sites so that our fellows are integral and transformative members of the community with the goal of becoming leaders for patient safety and quality care.

Clinical Experience

The Endocrinology fellowship program consists of a two-year training program. The program is based at UConn Health in Farmington, CT and includes clinical rotations at John Dempsey Hospital, Hartford Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

Rotations are divided between these hospitals. Fellows see a diverse patient mix at these hospital sites and actively participate in the clinical management of their patients both in the inpatient and outpatient settings while also engaging in research and scholarly activities throughout their training.

During the first year, fellows rotate on the inpatient endocrinology consult service, outpatient office-based practice and have a weekly general endocrine continuity clinic (one half-day per week). The continuity clinic is a longitudinal, outpatient experience that spans all two years of training. In continuity clinic, fellows assume primary responsibility of patients with direct attending supervision and support. During the inpatient service, fellows have exposure to all types of endocrine diseases from rare disorders such as pheochromocytomas, Cushing’s disease and acromegaly to more common conditions such as diabetes and thyroid disorders. The diverse endocrine pathology encounters come from the surrounding neighborhood, tertiary care referrals and varied interests of the faculty. The fellows also interact closely with the neurosurgical and the endocrine surgery services. The fellows also supervise medical students and residents rotating on the consult service. In addition, our fellows are trained in the management of both common and rare outpatient endocrine diseases, thyroid ultrasound, ultrasound guided thyroid fine needle aspiration, insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring technology and DXA interpretation. They participate in our faculty's sub-specialty clinics including general endocrinology, gender identity clinic, endocrine neoplasia, metabolic bone health and cancer and bone. In addition, the fellows routinely participate in dynamic endocrine testing such as petrosal sinus sampling, adrenal venous sampling and insulin tolerance test and secretin stimulation. They work closely with our colleagues in interventional radiology to retrieve blood samples and learn how to interpret results.

Second-year fellows continue to rotate on the inpatient endocrinology consult service, outpatient office-based practice clinics and their outpatient continuity clinic. In addition, the second year fellows rotate through various other subspecialty clinics. The subspecialty clinics are an integral part of the training program. They include:

  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Female Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Male Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Medical Retina Clinic
  • Transgender Clinic

Sample Schedule

Year 1 - PGY 4 Year 2 - PGY 5
Block Rotation Block Rotation
1 St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center 1 UConn Health
2 St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center 2 Connecticut Children's Pediatric/SubSpecialty Electives
3 The Hospital of Central Connecticut 3 Hartford Hospital
4 The Hospital of Central Connecticut 4 Hartford Hospital
5 UConn Health 5 St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
6 UConn Health 6 St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
7 Hartford Hospital 7 UConn Health
8 Hartford Hospital 8 UConn Health Research Elective
9 UConn Health 9 The Hospital of Central Connecticut
10 UConn Health 10 The Hospital of Central Connecticut
11 Hartford Hospital 11 St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
12 Hartford Hospital 12 St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center