Endocrine fellows see patients in both the outpatient Endocrine Clinic and on the inpatient hospital consult service throughout their fellowship. This allows the fellows to assume responsibility for and follow patients to observe the evolution and natural history of various endocrine disorders as well as the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions.
Fellows go to the Boston Floating Hospital for Children at New England Medical Center for a pediatric endocrinology rotation.
Endocrine fellows spend time in nuclear medicine, pathology, biochemistry and radioimmunoassay laboratories, where they learn about the various endocrinologic diagnostic laboratory tests and nuclear medicine scans. In the pathology laboratory, they review fine needle aspiration biopsy cytology slides as well as gross pathologic specimens involving various endocrine tumors.
During the second year of the Endocrine Fellowship Program, fellows have one day per week of protected time to devote to clinical research projects.
Endocrine fellows attend a variety of conferences on a regular basis throughout their two-year fellowship training program. These consist of the following:
- Endocrine Basic Science Conference
- Endocrine Core Curriculum Conference
- Endocrine Journal Club
- Endocrine Morbidity and Mortality Conference
- Endocrine Research Conference
- Clinic-wide Medical Ethics Conference
- Medical Grand Rounds
In addition we have a monthly Pituitary Tumor Conference and bimonthly Parathyroid / Thyroid Conference.
Endocrine fellows function as consultants to other physicians in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. There is opportunity to teach the internal medicine residents and third-and fourth-year medical students from Tufts University School of Medicine.