Pediatric Endocrinology – Overview

Connecticut Children’s

The Endocrinology Fellowship at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine started in 1981, and has continued to grow and develop since the inception of the current Connecticut Children’s program in 1996, which remains as the state’s only free-standing children’s hospital and academic center.

The hospital receives 300,000 patient visits annually, including more than 33,000 to its primary care center. It is home to a premier level IV neonatology program with a 32-bed NICU in the adjacent Hartford Hospital, and an additional 30-bed level III NICU in Farmington. The hospital is a level I Pediatric Emergency center and receives referrals from 30 surrounding hospitals. An 18-bed PICU provides the range of acute services.

The hospital provides focused care in over 30 pediatric specialties, including adolescent medicine, critical care, genetics, hematology/oncology, neonatology, neurosurgery, and urology. The hospital is located in a culturally diverse neighborhood, and serves a diverse patient population including African American, Caribbean, Central and South American, Eastern European, Southeast Asian, and Caucasian patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Connecticut Children’s

The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Connecticut Children’s provides world class care to infants, children, teens and young adults with a broad range of endocrine diseases.

The Diabetes Program for Children and Families is an AADE-accredited program, supported by experienced physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, registered dieticians, clinical diabetes educators and social workers. Our transition program for young adults, as well as multiple support programs for patients and their families provides a medical home for patients and their families through early adulthood. Dr. Nancy Dunbar heads our Pediatric Diabetes Program at Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot, Haiti.

The division houses multiple subspecialty programs including our Center for Rare Bone Disorders, including the Albright Center and Osteogenesis Imperfecta Center led by internationally renowned pediatric endocrinologist and researcher Dr. Emily Germain-Lee, Kids’ Center for Bone Health, Gender Program, and Lipid Disorders Clinic.

Endocrinologists are an integral part of multidisciplinary programs across the institution including, Neuro-Oncology Program, REACH for the STARS Survivorship Program, Thyroid Program, as well as the Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery Programs.

The Glycogen Storage Disease Program is the largest clinical and research program for the liver glycogen storage diseases (GSD) in the world. Under the direction of internationally renowned researcher and pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. David Weinstein, the program provides care for patients from 49 states and 45 countries in a dedicated clinical unit at Connecticut Children’s. Under Dr. Weinstein, the first gene therapy trials for GSD will be underway at UConn Health in the near future.

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

In the 50 years since the founding of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 1961, the University continues to grow and evolve. The primary mission remains “excellent care through innovation, discovery, education and engagement.”

The UConn School of Medicine sponsors 65 residency and fellowship programs, supporting over 660 trainees in graduate medical education. The faculty are involved in innovative and cutting edge clinical, translational, and basic science research. The annual research budget is approximately $90 million per year.

Their partnership and shared campus with The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine which is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with the mission to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human disease.

Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at the UConn School of Medicine and Connecticut Children’s

Since its start in 1981, our fellowship has successfully developed trainees into strong academic pediatric endocrinologists. Our current aims are to:

  • Develop highly competent pediatric endocrinologists who utilize an understanding of complex physiology/pathophysiology as the basis of their wider understanding of clinical endocrinology.
  • Develop physicians who are facile at using resources and working with interdisciplinary teams to practice evidence based, collaborative medicine throughout their careers.
  • Ingrain patient advocacy on an individual and system wide level as a guiding principal, and provide understanding of mechanisms to identify and address systemic areas for improvement utilizing QI principals.
  • Obtain a sound foundation in scientific inquiry regarding pediatric endocrinology, preparing them for an academic career with a cornerstone in clinical, basic or translational research.

Our fellowship in pediatric endocrinology is three years in duration and meets the requirements of the subspecialty board in pediatric endocrinology of the American Board of Pediatrics. The primary focus of the first year is clinical, with dedicated time over the year to develop research projects and identify mentors and educations needs to succeed in the projects. The second year is largely focused on the major clinical, translational or basic research project of the fellow, under mentorship by accomplished faculty. The third, and final year of the fellowship, has opportunities to adjust the focus to best fit the individual fellow’s career goals in academic clinical or research practice.