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 the four hospitals; eight months each is spent at UConn Health (UConn John Dempsey Hospital and clinics) and four to six months are spent at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford Hospital and The Hospital of Central Connecticut over the two-year fellowship. Fellows training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at UConn Health see a diverse patient mix at these hospital sites. Fellows actively participate in the clinical management of their patients both in the inpatient and outpatient settings while 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 the continuity clinic, the fellows assume primary responsibility of the patients, with direct attending supervision and support. During the inpatient service, fellows have significant 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 endocrine surgery services. The fellows also supervise medical students and residents rotating through our elective on the consult service. 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, 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, 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