Two training pathways are available to CU Endocrinology fellows:
Our program provides you with the opportunity to designate whether you will pursue the clinician-educator or research track at the end of the first year, giving you time to explore both options. Our institution has multiple opportunities available to build the foundation of your career, regardless of which track you choose, making this a difficult decision. I ultimately pursued the research track and have been involved in translational and clinical research and gained skills in study design and execution, data gathering and analysis, manuscript preparation and grant writing, all through accessible campus-wide resources and approachable mentors made readily available to endocrine fellows."
The CU Endocrinology fellowship program provides outstanding training for individuals who are interested in a future as a clinical-educator, including for those who aspire to work at an academic medical center or teaching hospital.
Fellows in the clinical-educator track complete the same clinically focused first year as the research intensive fellows, but their second year is tailored to their own educational goals.
All fellows (both in the clinical-educator and research tracks) will select a Faculty Mentorship Committee. This group will provide additional guidance and support to the fellow as they navigate clinical, research and educational experiences dur-ing their 2nd +/- 3rd year. The Committee can also provide advice on career planning beyond fellowship.
The typical clinical training experience of a clinical-educator fellow during the 2nd year is as follows:
However, based on their career goals, some fellows will more equally divide their time in the 2nd year between research and clinical training. This type of training may be partially or entirely supported by a 1-year VA research fellow position with no requirement for a 3rd year of fellowship. This allows fellows to gain more experience with a research project that they are interested in without committing to a full 3 years of training. For fellows that pursue this type of training, clinical work will be adjusted by the program to accommodate an increased focus on research.
|All clinical-educator fellows complete a QI project and participate in scholarly activity during the 2nd year. Fellows receive focused teaching on medical education topics through the University of Colorado Endocrine Educator Series, and have the opportunity to teach medical students by serving as a small group facilitator during their Digestive, Endocrine, Metabolism (DEMS) block. Fellows can also take advantage of formal training opportunities in medical education provided by the Academy of Medical Educators.|
This program offers a breadth and depth of clinical experiences in a tertiary center, a VA and an inner-city hospital that I think is unrivaled across the country. What is great clinically is that we have nationally and internationally recognized clinical expertise to help our fellows manage and learn from the diverse endocrine pathology we see. I currently have what I consider to be the world’s best job as a translational researcher in diabetes; our research team studies youth and adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and we use animal models to unravel the mechanisms contributing to decreased exercise tolerance and premature cardiovascular disease in diabetes.
Jane EB Reusch, MD, Professor of Medicine, Bioengineering and Biochemistry
2018 American Diabetes Association President for Medicine and Science
After completion of the clinically focused first year, the CU Endocrinology fellowship program can provide the opportunity for fellows to pursue a 2-year research intensive training experience under the guidance of an accomplished research mentor. The goal of this experience is to prepare the fellow for a career in academic endocrinology.
During the 2nd and 3rd years, fellows dedicate the majority (~70- 75%) of their time engaged in their mentored research experience. The type of research could include basic studies in the cellular and molecular biology of endocrine tumors, human physiological studies on metabolism, appetite and weight regulation, clinical studies of new therapeutic approaches in diabetes, thyroid cancer or other areas, to translational and outcome studies in topics related to endocrinology and diabetes.
Many fellows will choose to conduct their research under the mentorship of a CU Endocrinology faculty member; however, others may choose to work with investigators in other divisions/departments on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Support for research training can come from a VA research slot (2nd year) or from one of the NIH funded T32 training grants on campus, including the T32 in Metabolism, Obesity and Diabetes within the Endocrine Division.
In addition to research going on within the core of the Endocrine Division itself, there are many other resources dedicated to endocrine research at CU:
While many of our previous fellows have been unsure about whether they see themselves as eventually leading their own research program, many have a desire to devote a period of their fellowship training to a focused research experience to really answer the question:
“Do I want to make research part of my career?”
The research intensive fellowship track at CU gives individuals just such an opportunity, an opportunity that has led successful research careers for many of our past trainees including Drs. Haugen, Bessesen, Reusch, Cornier, Barbour, Low Wang, Catenacci and Perreault, among others.