The Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at UAB offers postdoctoral fellowship training for two or more years. The objective of our program is to provide outstanding clinical and research training preparing physicians for a career in academic medicine and/or clinical practice.

 

Clinical Training

The following is an overview of our clinical training:

Outpatient Opportunities:
Mandatory rotations:
Endocrine Fellows are required to participate for the duration of their training in the following weekly, half-day, outpatient clinics:
  • Endocrine Fellows Continuity Clinic at The Kirklin Clinic
  • VA Endocrinology Clinic
  • Thyroid Ultrasound/FNA Biopsy Clinic at The Kirklin Clinic
In addition, our fellows are asked to rotate at some point in time during their training through the following services/clinics:

  • UAB Multi-disciplinary Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic (MCDC)
  • UAB Weight Loss Medicine
  • UAB Osteoporosis Clinic
  • Neurosurgical Pituitary Disorders Clinic
  • UAB 1917 Clinic Endocrine Clinic (HIV Endocrinology)

Elective rotations: Our fellows are provided with multiple and flexible opportunities for elective rotations which can be taken at any point during their training:
  • Endocrinology Faculty Clinics, The Kirklin Clinic
  • Pediatric Endocrinology, Children's of Alabama
  • UAB Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
  • UAB Nuclear Medicine
  • Labratory Medicine, UAB Pathology
  • UAB High-Risk Obstetrics

Inpatient Opportunities:
  • Inpatient Endocrinology Consult Service – covers consultations from UAB, the Birmingham VA, and UAB Highlands Hospital
  • Inpatient Glycemic Control Service – provides inpatient diabetes management for UAB and UAB Highlands Hospitals

Research Training

Research is an essential part of our training program. Our fellows are required to find a mentor during the first few months of training and begin working on their project(s) during their first year. Research time increases significantly during the second year of training and fellows are expected to devote approximately 70% effort to their research project(s). Research may be in clinical or basic science projects depending on fellow interests. By the end of the second year of training, our fellows are expected to prepare and write up their research findings and submit them for publication. Presentation of their research findings at regional or national scientific meetings is strongly encouraged.

Teaching Experience

Our training program is designed to provide our fellows with significant opportunities for teaching. Fellows are expected to help train/teach our residents and students rotating through the service while in charge of the consult service. Fellows discuss case and formulate a management plan together with the residents and students prior to rounds with the supervising attending on a daily basis. Fellows are also required to present and discuss one or more cases each week during our weekly endocrine best case conference, and once monthly in our endocrine journal club. In addition, fellows are asked to prepare and present several times each year during our weekly endocrine grand rounds conference. In addition, fellows are asked to help deliver lectures to first and/or second year medical students on a basic or clinical endocrine topic.