Investigational and Instructional Programs

Fellows focused on a career in community practice will pursue a fully clinical training program with opportunities to pursue practice-based or systems-based initiatives in collaboration with faculty of the Division of Endocrinology, Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Nursing. Fellows focused on an academic career generally initiate their laboratory or clinical research training during their first year and spend the majority of their fellowship time in second or subsequent years on their research programs or associated didactic studies. These fellows will work with an individual member of the endocrine division staff or closely related researcher on a project related to the staff's research program.

Each fellow will be involved in the instructional programs of the division. These include: (1) endocrinology grand rounds; (2) endocrinology clinical conferences; (3) endocrinology research seminars; (4) endocrinology journal clubs; (5) combined endocrine surgery / pathology case conferences; and (5) didactic endocrinology conferences. Additionally, fellows will be expected to attend one national professional meeting per year, run by the Endocrine Society, American Diabetes Association, or American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and will have the opportunity to attend various subspecialty training programs and conferences nationally, including Endocrine University and others. Fellows will also be expected to attend an Internal Medicine Fellowship Programs combined curriculum program. They may also pursue advanced training in clinical teaching during their fellowship.

An NIH supported Clinical Research Unit is available as part of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (http://www.icts.uiowa.edu/) for use in clinical investigational programs carried out by members of the division. Fellows are encouraged to partake in and initiate clinical investigation. Additionally, the Division of Endocrinology administers a VA funded research and training program in diabetes (http://www.research.va.gov/programs/blrd/reap.cfm) which funds fellows for research training broadly related to diabetes. Qualifying fellows can also be funded for research through a variety of applicable NIH Training Grant programs at the University of Iowa. Training opportunities in diabetes are expected to increase substantially as the newly funded Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the University of Iowa becomes fully functional (http://www.healthcare.uiowa.edu/centers/diabetes/index.html).

It is anticipated that fellows focused on a career in community practice will be excellently trained in all aspects of general endocrinology and that those focused on an academic career will be competitive for grant funding and fully equipped to enter an academic position at a top class medical center by completion of their training.

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