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Phoenix VA Health Care System

Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship - Program Description, Mission Statement & Overall Goal

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The mission of the Phoenix city-wide Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism training program is to graduate physicians who are competent to practice Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism independently with a high degree of professionalism and humanism and who also possess sufficient research and teaching experience for successful entry into academia or industry.

General Description

We offer a two-year training program sponsored by Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and the Phoenix VA Health Care System with an optional third year for those interested in furthering their skills in biomedical research. The first year emphasizes the basic skills necessary for the practice of general endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism on rotations such as the VA Hospital Consult Service, Banner Good Samaritan Hospital Consult Service, Office Endocrinology, Pediatric Endocrinology, and Neuroendocrinology. The second year provides exposure to more advanced skills including thyroid ultrasound and fine needle aspiration. The second year also offers more specialized training as well as clinicical and/or basic science research. By structuring the rotations based on the fellows’ increasing levels of knowledge and sophistication, we provide progressive addition of responsibility and training in specific skills. An example of a typical schedule:

  • Year 1 - VA Endocrine Consult Service (six months), Banner Good Samaritan Endocrine Consult Service (three months), Phoenix Children's Hospital Pediatric Endocrinology (one month), Barrow's Neurologic Institute Neurosurgery/Pituitary Rotation (two months)
  • Year 2 - Basic and/or Clinical Research (nine months), elective (three months)
  • Year 3 (optional) - Independent supervised research (12 months)

During the second year, fellows will complete a nine-month minimum research requirement with appropriate protected time either at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center or NIDDK, NIH Phoenix branch. Current ongoing research is in the areas of:

  • Genetics and epidemiology of diabetes in the PIMA Indian Population
  • Macrovascular complications of diabetes
  • Vascular biology
  • Novel risk factors for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular outcomes
  • Epidemiology of diabetes and atherosclerosis  
  • Health delivery systems to improve diabetes and its complications
  • Hypertension
  • Pituitary hormone deficiency and growth hormone replacement
  • PET and MRI imaging in vascular disease and endocrine disorders
  • Obesity and related metabolic disorders
  • Smartphone applications in health care implementation
  • Male reproductive endocrinology
  • Testosterone and estrogen replacement therapy
  • Nutritional effects on immune regulation and insulin resistance
  • Novel applications of diabetes medications

With available funding, fellows may choose to expand their research skills during a third year of training during which they will perform independent supervised research. Third year fellows would be expected to design, prepare and conduct a research project. Manuscript(s) preparation for publication in a peer-reviewed journal is expected.