The Endocrinology Fellowship accepts applications only through the "Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
If you would like further information about the Endocrinology fellowship program at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, please e-mail a question or request specific information from our fellowship director Dr. Patricia Kapsner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fellowship offered in the Endocrinology Division is a two-year program (with an optional third year dedicated to research). There are seven fulltime endocrine faculty to supervise four endocrine fellows. This ratio ensures personalized teaching and interaction.
Weekly board review and didactics material are reviewed by all fellows and led by individual faculty. Joint monthly conferences are held with Neurosurgery, ENT surgery, and Nuclear Medicine to ensure continuity of patient care.
The program includes rotations both at University Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital. It is a comprehensive program involving inpatient consultations, outpatient clinic visits, clinical conferences and commonly performed procedures, such as ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of the thyroid. Rotations through pediatric and reproductive endocrinology are scheduled during the fellowship.
Fellows are encouraged to develop a research project and to attend national scientific meetings.
The University of New Mexico offers a comprehensive two-year training curriculum in the clinical aspects of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. Endocrinology fellows are assigned to clinical duties for nine months during their first year of training, and three months during their second year. Fellows (in conjunction with assigned Internal Medicine housestaff and students) participate in Inpatient Endocrinology consultations at two large, tertiary care hospitals which serve as referral facilities for much of the southwestern region: the 350-bed University of New Mexico hospital, and the 400-bed Albuquerque Veterans Administration hospital. Consultations typically cover the breadth of endocrinologic disease, allowing excellent exposure to challenging and rewarding problems in patient management.
The outpatient clinical experience is similarly diverse. The fellows attend weekly continuity specialty clinics at both the University and VA hospitals. First year fellows also participate in pediatric endocrinology and reproductive endocrinology clinics. This provides the opportunity to build a patient base and to follow patients long-term as diseases evolve and management issues change.
(See also: Conferences)
Fellows are urged to utilize the copies of Harrison’s Endocrinology, 2nd Edition.Copies of many endocrinology texts are available in each faculty member's office. The use of computer searches is urged at every opportunity, with ad hoc discussion at any time.
Evaluation of fellows: Fellows are evaluated quarterly by the endocrinology faculty. Each faculty member completes a written evaluation form. These forms are kept in the fellows' cumulative file. The written evaluation forms are discussed with each fellow during a meeting with the program director. The fellow responds to the evaluations and makes a plan for the next quarter.
The faculty is present during conduct of procedures, and document the experience in the chart. The fellow maintains a record of procedures performed that is reviewed at six-month evaluations with the division chief.
Evaluation of faculty: Each fellow fills out written evaluation forms for faculty members at six-month intervals. At the time of the reviews, the fellows are asked to fill out an evaluation form on each of the key faculty. This form is discussed with the division chief at the time of the bi-annual meeting.
Evaluation of program by staff and fellows: Staff and fellows periodically evaluate the training program. When a problem area is identified, the fellows are asked to explain their issues and the faculty meet to discuss and brainstorm solutions. A solution is presented to the fellows for feedback and approval or further comments. Periodically the program outline is revised and augmented to meet the changing needs of the fellows and faculty.
Upon successful completion of the following duties, the candidate will advance to the second year of the Endocrinology and Metabolism program:
Upon successful completion of the following duties, the candidate will advance to either completion or the third year of the Endocrinology and Metabolism program:
There are no assigned duties in the third year. Responsibilities and duties of the third year fellow will be determined on an individual basis by the fellow's designated mentor and the fellowship Program Director.
The fellow is expected to maintain the same professional attitude, dress and behavior as faculty members with whom they come in contact. This would include all students, residents, faculty, patients and community members.
Perhaps the greatest degree of learning occurs in the numerous clinical conferences that occur year-round at the University of New Mexico Hospital. Organization of these conferences is the primary responsibility of the clinical fellow. They include:
Clinical cases and pertinent articles are selected and presented by a fellow or resident at the weekly Case Conference. In attendance are fellows, faculty, residents, nurses, and Albuquerque endocrinologists. The endocrine faculty provides guidance and insight for clinical care. See a list of recent topics.
Topic-oriented didactic sessions are organized each week by the Endocrine faculty. Fellows are expected to sit for the Endocrinology Boards at the end of the fellowship. For specific fellow requirements, you may look on the Fellow Duties and Responsibilities page and on the Fellowship Training page. You may find more information about the Graduate Medical Education Program on these pages, including application requirements, salary, benefits, etc. For more information about the University of New Mexico or the Health Sciences Center, you may find these pages useful.
Journal Club is a monthly dinner meeting attended by Endocrine faculty, fellows, residents, medical students, community endocrinologists and other invited guests to discuss important endocrine topics. Endocrine faculty members choose the topics and 3-4 research articles pertinent to these topics are chosen for discussion. First year endocrine fellows, housestaff, and students rotating on endocrine each present one of these articles. See a list of recent topics.
All fellows in the University of New Mexico program are expected to become involved in some of the many ongoing departmental research projects. The University of New Mexico has a strong reputation for producing important metabolic research. It is one of the foremost philosophies of the department that all endocrinologists, whether pursuing careers in academic or private medicine, need to develop an appreciation and understanding of the important scientific questions pertaining to metabolic disease and the methods used to address these questions in a laboratory or controlled clinical setting. Thus, it is a major goal of the training program that fellows develop their own interest and expertise in endocrinologic research.
Research activities are allotted equal time to clinical duties during the first two years of training, and an optional third year of training devoted entirely to research is available to individuals interested in an academic career. First year fellows spend three (3) months performing research with one of the department members, during which time they are expected to identify both a mentor among the department faculty and a potential research question to address during their second year. Second year fellows are allotted nine (9) months for research pursuits. Research duties are performed in conjunction with selected faculty members, and they include:
Members of the University of New Mexico endocrinology section perform a diverse spectrum of research. This variety of research allows fellows exposure to virtually any avenue of investigation that they wish to pursue.