Curriculum

Clinical

Clinical training is divided into outpatient and inpatient rotations. The first year of fellowship is more heavily weighted in clinical experience with clinical time divided, approximately equally, into inpatient and outpatient blocks.

Inpatient responsibilities are primarily focused on our Endocrinology and Diabetes inpatient and consult service. Our consults are primarily at the main Connecticut Children’s Medical Center hospital in Hartford, but patients are also seen at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center NICU at Hartford Hospital and the UConn Health NICU at UConn John Dempsey Hospital.

Second year of fellowship is more heavily focused on research, with approximately 2 to 3 months of clinical time divided between inpatient and outpatient.

Third year fellows, in combination with their scholarship oversight committee (SOC) and clinical competency committee (CCC), can choose a clinical track (with at least 6 months of the year clinical) or a research track (with 3 months of the year clinical). To make these decisions, research/scholarly requirement accomplishments, clinical evaluations and competency, and fellows planned career will be taken into account.

Throughout the three years of fellowship, all fellows have their own endocrine and diabetes continuity clinics weekly precepted by an attending physician. Additional outpatient time includes seeing patients through attendings clinics approximately 4 times per week, which are chosen to expose the fellow to a spectrum of clinical diagnoses. With progressive learning, the subspecialty and multidisciplinary clinic sessions are more heavily weighted in the later half of the fellowship, except for our bone disease programs, that extend throughout.

Overnight and weekend call is divided amongst the fellows, with the greatest contribution during the first year, and is always supported by a supervising attending.

Research

Diverse research opportunities across clinical, translational and basic research exist, both within and outside of the division. There is potential for diverse clinical projects within the division, but basic and translational projects are focused within Dr. Emily Germain-Lee and Dr. David Weinstein’s research programs. Outside the division, our fellows have opportunities with successful research programs at both the UConn School of Medicine and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in addition to collaborations with University of Connecticut researchers at the main campus.

During the first year, the fellow has 6 weeks of protected research time with an associated curriculum and direct involvement of the program director to identify a research mentor. and start development of or work on a project.

The final two years are largely focused on protected research time with 8 to 9 months the second year, and 5 months (research track) to 8 months (clinical track) as detailed in Curriculum-Clinical.

Previous research experience is a significant benefit, but is not required. Although grant submission is encouraged, the trainee's salary for the final two years will be supported even if no funding is obtained.

Interested fellows may pursue a Master of Science degree through the Graduate School's Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research Program, or a Masters of Public Health through the UConn School of Medicine, at their own expense.

Educational Sessions

We currently concentrate the majority of our educational content on Thursdays. This is a priority for the division as a whole, so on this day all providers are at main site and all fellows have continuity clinic. This provides a concise day to learn and spend time with faculty and co-fellows.

Our educational conferences are spread across within division sessions including: didactics, case and research presentations, journal club, and board review; multidisciplinary conferences including Thyroid conference, GUPPE (Differences of sexual differentiation) conference, brain tumor board, endocrine intercity grand rounds; institutional conferences including grand rounds and translational research conference.