We believe that one of the strengths of our training program is the diversity of the sites for both clinical and research training. Facilities for clinical and research training in Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes are located at the Anschutz Medical Center in Aurora, which includes the University of Colorado Hospital, the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital Colorado, and at the Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC) in central Denver. Each clinical site serves a unique population and therefore provides unique clinical experiences and research opportunities.
The Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado has over 600 full-time faculty members and more than 300 housestaff and fellows. Clinical teaching activities utilize three Core teaching hospitals: University of Colorado Hospital (UCH; Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion, AIP) is a 683-bed, tertiary care hospital that serves as the major teaching hospital of the University of Colorado. It is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. The brand new Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Administration Medical Center, also located on the Anschutz Medical Campus, is approximately a 10-minute walk from UCH. The endocrinology service at the VAMC is closely integrated with the service at UCH. Denver Health Medical Center is a modern 300-bed acute care city and county hospital. DH has been a leader in the National Association of Public Hospitals and is one of the healthiest “City and County” hospitals in the country. Endocrine activities at DH are also completely integrated into the clinical and educational activities of the Division at UCH. Each of these clinical facilities has inpatient endocrine consult services and outpatient clinics for clinical training of our Endocrine fellows.
The Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes, occupies 16,000 sq. ft. of laboratory space located in the state-of-the-art Research One South complex on the Anschutz Medical Campus and 2,000 sq. ft. of both laboratory and office space at the VAMC. Additionally, there is an NIH-supported Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC) located on the 12th floor of Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion which is part of the Colorado Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CCTSI). Many inpatient clinical research studies are performed by fellows and Division members on the CTRC, which has a rich 42-year tradition and includes both an outpatient and an inpatient facility. The Barbara Davis Center (BDC) for Childhood Diabetes is a world leader in studies on the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes and conducts ground breaking trials in the prevention and treatment of this condition in both children and adults. The newest addition to the research facilities available to fellows in the endocrine training program is the Anschutz Center for Health and Wellness (ACHW) which contains state of the art infrastructure for clinical studies in nutrition, obesity and fitness.
A number of Core Facilities are available to researchers including Core labs in Genetics, Clinical Investigation, Biostatistics, Flow and Confocal Cytometry, Laboratory and Transgenic Animal Core, Tissue Culture and Monoclonal Antibody Core, DNA and Sequencing Core, Pathology and Tissue Procurement Core, Fermentation Core, and Immunology Core.
Fellow’s Office within the Division, 350 sq. ft of office space has been architecturally designed to be used by the endocrinology fellows. This space is equipped with desks and computer facilities, and is adjacent to the research laboratories.
Fellows undergo intensive first-hand participation in basic or clinical research under the direct supervision of a primary faculty mentor with assistance and input from the Mentorship Committee and the Program Director. The endocrinology training faculty are involved in diverse research areas and provide a wide spectrum of research opportunities. Each member of the faculty is actively engaged in either clinical or basic research in various areas of clinical endocrinology, molecular endocrinology, reproductive endocrinology, hormones and cancer, childhood growth disorders, childhood diabetes, nutrition, metabolic bone disease, adult diabetes, obesity and lipid metabolism. From this wide range of research options each fellow’s research training experience can be tailored to his or her specific goals and integrated into the faculty mentor’s ongoing program of research. Please see our faculty webpage to learn more about our faculty and their research interests.