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Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center

The fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center is a long-standing and fully accredited three year program approved by the ACGME. The physicians in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology perform over 10,000 outpatient consultations, ~300 inpatient visits, and more than 200 diagnostic endocrine tests yearly. The faculty consists of eight board-certified pediatric endocrinologists, four diabetes nurse educators, procedure nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, clinical research coordinator, two nutritionists, social worker, office manager/administrator, and three medical secretaries. We are a designated site for the NY State Adrenal and Thyroid Newborn Screening Programs, and a CARES Foundation Comprehensive Center for Care of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia.

Our clinical curriculum encompasses experience with disorders of growth, puberty, diabetes mellitus, thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, parathyroid, metabolism and endocrine consequences of genetic disorders such as Turner syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome and childhood cancer. The fellow’s first 12 months are chiefly clinical, supervised continuously by our faculty. Formal evaluation and feedback sessions are held twice yearly.

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The fellows' research program, usually pursued intensively in the second and third years of the three year fellowship, may include investigator-initiated clinical trials, animal models of endocrine disease, hormone assays, and/or molecular genetics. Fellows receive instruction in commonly utilized research techniques as they apply to endocrine research. All trainees complete a research project resulting in at least one first authored presentation, progress report or publication in order to be eligible to take the specialty Sub-Board Examination. Highly motivated research fellows may apply to the Feinstein Institute/Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine to earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

All fellows actively participate in other scholarly activities, including small tutorials with the Program Directors and faculty, clinical case presentations, journal clubs, research-in-progress, and regularly scheduled rounds and conferences. In addition to the core seminar in Pediatric Endocrinology topics held each summer, the Department of Pediatric conducts an annual 12-week Fellows' Seminar directed at clinical trial design, medical literature analysis, introductions to statistics, molecular biology, organizing a presentation or manuscript, and other relevant competencies.

Application process

Applicants interested in the pediatric endocrinology training program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in general pediatrics is mandatory for admission to this program.

Essential application information includes:

  • ERAS common application
  • Personal statement: 1-2 pages
  • At least three (3) letters of recommendation, including one letter of recommendation from the program director. Letters of recommendation must be less than six (6) months old.
  • USMLE transcript
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • ECFMG status report or certificate (international medical graduates only)
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ERAS opens for applications in June 2018. Applicants are encouraged to complete submissions by July 2018, which affords ample time for the program to review all applications and schedule personal interviews for competitive applicants. Interviews are held between August and October. We also participate in the National Resident Matching Program SMS (Specialties Matching Service) Matching Program. To register, please visit the NRMP site.

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Program director

Parissa Salemi, DO

Specialties: Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology

Associate program director

Phyllis W. Speiser, MD

Chief of Division of Pediatrics - Pediatric Endocrinology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Chief of Division of Pediatrics - Pediatric Endocrinology, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatrics

Additional faculty

Dennis E. Carey, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatrics

YeouChing Hsu, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatrics

Paula Michelle Kreitzer, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatrics

Sharon Joyce Hyman, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatrics

Graeme R. Frank, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatrics

Allison Mekhoubad, DO

Specialties: Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatrics