The Cohen Children’s fellowship training program in pediatric endocrinology has trained numerous doctors who are presently in practice or in academic positions. This is a three-year program that combines a broad inpatient and outpatient clinical experience, as well as opportunities for both clinical and laboratory research.
The first year of the fellowship is chiefly clinical, and all patient encounters are supervised closely by our staff of full-time board-certified pediatric endocrinologists. Some of the types of diseases the fellow encounters include: growth failure, precocious and delayed puberty, diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, disorders of electrolyte and fluid balance, pituitary disease, bone and mineral disorders, adrenal disease, parathyroid disease, endocrine consequences of genetic disorders such as Turner syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome, and neurofibromatosis, and endocrine complications of childhood cancer.
The fellows' research program, usually pursued in the second and third years of the fellowship, has included projects involving clinical trials, hormone immunoassays and molecular genetics. Fellows need not have prior experience in lab bench work to acquire these skills. They will receive instruction in commonly utilized lab tools as they apply to a particular endocrinology research project.
Fellows are regularly called upon to present clinical cases, reviews of recent articles and research-in-progress at regular intervals in rounds and conferences. Fellows also attend one or more annual meetings of medical subspecialty societies pertinent to their fellowship training in endocrinology. They also are expected to attend all regularly scheduled pediatric department didactic lectures, and have a special annual 12-week Fellows' Seminar.
The high volume, the complexity of cases, the national and internationally renowned faculty, ancillary support, and the children’s hospital environment all provide fellows with the best possible setting to gain the highest level of training and expertise. The skills and abilities gained through this program will provide a solid foundation to excel as leaders in the practice of pediatric endocrinology.