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Fellowships

Endocrinology and metabolism

Mission

The Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU offers in-depth clinical training in all aspects of pediatric endocrinology and metabolism. Excellent opportunities are available for research in clinical, translational and basic science disciplines. The program offers two tracks: a conventional pathway for those interested in a well-rounded educational experience and a separate track that also leads to completion of the master’s degree in public health with expertise in epidemiology.

Broad-based clinical exposure

The fellowship program at CHoR is the only pediatric endocrine fellowship training program in Central Virginia, which has a diverse population of 1.5 million. We provided more than 7,500 outpatient visits in 2014 and care to more than 250 inpatient admission or consults.

Comprehensive, interdisciplinary faculty

Faculty members have diverse training backgrounds and a variety of clinical and research interests. They include four board-certified pediatric endocrinologists, two internal medicine-pediatric endocrinologists, two nurse practitioners, one RD-CDE, one RN-CDE, and two child psychologists.

Strong collaborations

The programs are highly integrated with the internal medicine adult endocrinology fellowship program and with research programs from the departments of Human and Molecular Genetics, Psychology, Epidemiology and Community Health, Health and Human Performance and Pathology.

Successful research

VCU is one of the top research institutions in the U.S. and the university’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research received a $20 million Center for Translational Research Award from the National Institutes of Health in 2011.

One-on-one mentoring

The program accepts only one fellow annually (total of three trainees), which allows fellows to select the faculty mentor of their choice.

Scholastic oversight committee

In order to ensure successful academic productivity, an oversight committee is designed specifically for each fellow to provide guidance and oversight from study design to completion and publication.

Broad-based academic program

The program hosts regularly scheduled conferences that are designed to review the field of pediatric endocrinology in depth as well as interdisciplinary conferences with internal medicine endocrinology and surgical oncology.

Unique opportunities

Clinical American Diabetes Association recognition

The diabetes education program at CHoR holds official ADA recognition. Fellows have the opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary program dedicated to excellence in diabetes self-management education, quality improvement and community outreach/education. We host a day-camp for young children with diabetes every summer.

Nutrition Thyroid clinic

The program offers specialized training in diagnosis and management of thyroid nodules and cancers in a multidisciplinary clinic that incorporates pediatric endocrinology, endocrine surgery, thyroid ultrasonography, nuclear medicine and pathology. Additional training in thyroid ultrasound takes place in the thyroid clinic.

Transdisciplinary adolescent weight management program

The T.E.E.N.S. program involves faculty and students from nutrition, exercise physiology, psychology, medicine, pediatrics, surgery and nursing. This is one of the most productive areas of research both clinical and basic in the division. An adolescent bariatric surgery program is also an active part of the healthy lifestyle program and provides opportunities to participate in pre-operative and perioperative management as well as research.

Transgender clinic

The care of children and adolescents with gender dysphoria is a recognized need and requires highly specialized and experienced teams. The ChoR Pediatric Endocrine Program support this clinic with a regular multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to these patients.

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Children with CAH require a multidisciplinary approach to manage hormone therapy, surgery, genetics, and psychological outcomes. The ChoR Pediatric Endocrine Program hosts this multidisciplinary clinic on a quarterly basis.

Turner Syndrome

Children with Turner syndrome have a variety of medical needs spanning the gamut from cardiology to nephrology to endocrinology, gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, genetics, and pediatric endocrinology. The ChoR Pediatric Endocrine Program hosts this special clinic on a quarterly basis.

Endocrine University and Endocrine Fellows Foundation

All fellows are expected to participate in the Endocrine University sponsored by the Mayo Clinic and the Endocrine Fellows Foundation.

Travel and career placement

Travel to national meetings is expected along with career mentoring and initial faculty placement.

Two-track program

The program offers two tracks: a conventional pathway for those interested in a well-rounded educational experience and a separate track which also leads to completion of the Master’s Degree in Public Health with expertise in epidemiology.

How to apply

The pediatric endocrinology fellowship program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This fellowship program participates in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). For positions starting July 1, 2016, please submit your fellowship application by July 15, 2015.

Important dates

  • TBA – Candidates begin applying through ERAS
  • TBA – Interview cycle
  • TBA – NRMP rank order list opens
  • TBA – NRMP rank order list closes (9 p.m. EST)
  • TBA – Match Day

2016 Endocrinology Fellowship Documentation

View university policy on the selection and recruitment of residents and fellows

Interested applicants should contact Gary Francis, M.D., Ph.D., CDE, if there are any further questions.

View fellowship program information such as contract and benefits, policies, housing opportunities, salary scale and required information on the VCU Graduate Medical Education website.

Contact information

Fellowship director

Gary Francis, M.D., Ph.D., CDE
Professor and chief
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
2305 N. Parham Road, Suite 1
Henrico, VA 23229
Email: glfrancis@vcu.edu

Meet the team

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