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The Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, in the Department of Medicine at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, is proud to offer a fellowship dedicated to preparing individuals for a career in the field of endocrinology. The design of the fellowship is to train physicians who are capable of practicing endocrinology in a variety of clinical and academic settings.
It is the program’s goal to achieve an optimal balance between clinical training, didactic learning and research activities.
Trainees will develop habits of lifelong learning to build upon their knowledge, skills and professionalism. The program is committed to enhancing the quality of life through improved health, the professional preparation of those who will serve the health needs of others and the discovery of knowledge that will benefit all.
Learn More about the Fellowship
The Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship only accepts applications through ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service and participates in the National Residency Matching Program.
Each completed application, when received, is thoroughly evaluated by Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes faculty. A limited pool of applicants for interview is selected based upon evidence of superior academic credentials as documented in the written application. Out of the interviewed applicants, candidates are selected on the basis of their overall perceived academic potential, communication skills, motivation and integrity.
While all candidates will be considered, priority will be given to those pursuing academic endocrinology. Qualified candidates will have graduated from medical school, completed an internal medicine residency at an approved institution and submitted three letters of reference, and will be eligible for a Pennsylvania state medical license.
The program accepts J-1 visas only. The institution does not accept any other type of visa.
Penn State Health
Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to improve health through patient care, research, education and community outreach.
In December 2017, the system partnered with Highmark Health to facilitate creation of a value-based, community care network in the region. The shared goal of Highmark and Penn State Health is to ensure patients in the community are within:
- 10 minutes of a Penn State Health primary care provider
- 20 minutes of Penn State Health specialty care
- 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care facility
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Dr., Hershey, Pa., 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)
- The health system’s 548-bed flagship teaching and research hospital
- The only medical facility in Pennsylvania accredited as both an adult and a pediatric Level I (highest-level) trauma center
- Dedicated surgical, neuroscience, cardiovascular, trauma and medical intensive care units
- Accredited Life Lion critical-care transport providing more than 1,100 helicopter and approximately 750 ground ambulance transports per year
- More than 1,300 faculty members and more than 650 residents and fellows
- Approximately 28,500 admissions, 75,000 emergency department visits, 1.1 million outpatient visits and 32,000 surgical procedures annually
- Designated as a Magnet hospital three times
Penn State Children’s Hospital
600 University Dr., Hershey, Pa. 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)
- A five-story, 263,000-square-foot-facility built in 2013
- Three-floor expansion opened in November 2020
- Level IV (highest-level) neonatal intensive care unit
- Level I (highest-level) pediatric trauma center designation
- Dedicated pediatric operating rooms
- More than 150,000 pediatric outpatient visits and approximately 5,000 pediatric patient discharges annually
Welcome to Hershey
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Wellness, including emotional, spiritual, social and physical health, is a crucial component to training and to becoming a professional, compassionate and resilient physician. Self-care is a skill which must be continually practiced and reinforced. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health are committed to addressing wellness among residents and fellows, with multiple resources readily available.
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Penn State Health celebrates, embraces and supports the diversity of all patients, faculty, staff, students and trainees.
In keeping with this, the institution has an active Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with various programs, networks and resource groups, including:
- Regular talks and lectures on diversity, equity and inclusion
- Periodic town halls on topics such as eradicating racism and creating a culture of inclusiveness
- An allyship support group
- Many affinity resource network groups, including:
- Disability Affinity Resource Network Group
- Group on Women in Medicine and Science
- Interfaith Affinity Resource Network Group
- LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Resource Network Group
- Military/Veterans Affinity Resource Network Group
- Multicultural Affinity Resource Network Group
- A new organization specifically for trainees, the Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows
In addition, the institution does not tolerate discrimination, biases, microaggression, harassment or learner mistreatment of any kind, and any concerns are immediately addressed by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment.
The first year of the fellowship is primarily focused on clinical training. During this year, the fellow splits time between the inpatient consult service and the outpatient rotation.
Under the supervision of a faculty attending physician, the inpatient fellow assumes responsibility for all consultations in addition to teaching medical residents and students.
Consultation rounds take place daily with a team consisting of a faculty preceptor, the fellow, one or two medical residents, and one or two senior medical students.
This arrangement provides critical longitudinal experience in endocrine diseases, which are frequently chronic in nature.
During the months of outpatient rotation, the fellows participate in daily half-day, general endocrinology clinics where they see a wide range of endocrine patients under the mentorship of faculty members.
Fellows will also have their own continuity clinic on a weekly basis where they will see their own patients under the guidance of a faculty preceptor. Fellows will be responsible for the ongoing care of these patients.
During elective rotations, fellows participate in outpatient subspecialty clinics in pediatric endocrinology, lipid disorders, genetics, reproductive endocrinology, high-risk pregnancy, infertility clinic, endocrine surgery, nuclear medicine (including bone mineral density study) and radiology (focusing on ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration/biopsy of thyroid).
During all rotations, fellows are expected to participate in regularly scheduled educational activities, which include weekly Clinical Endocrinology Conference and Medical Grand Rounds, monthly Diabetes Journal Club, and Endocrinology Research Conference every other month.
In addition to the above clinical and educational activities, the first-year fellow is expected to develop and initiate a research project with the assistance of an assigned faculty mentor.
The second year of training is divided between six months of clinical activity (alternating inpatient consults with outpatient clinics) and six months of elective time, including research.
Participation in the continuity outpatient clinic remains throughout the second year.
The option for a third year of training is available for those interested in academic research careers who need to prepare themselves as independent physician-scientists.
These fellows will be expected to apply to the NIH or an appropriate extramural funding agency/organization for a research fellowship.
A variety of clinical and laboratory training opportunities are provided in the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship.
Most of the fellows’ activity during the inpatient rotation is addressing consults from medicine, surgery and OB/GYN services. This activity provides a broad exposure to clinical endocrinology while allowing ample time for careful follow-up reading and teaching. In particular, the fellow is routinely involved in the perioperative management of glucose control in diabetic patients who have undergone coronary artery bypass surgery and in the postoperative follow-up of patients who have undergone various endocrine surgeries such as transsphenoidal surgery, parathyroid exploration, adrenalectomy, etc. A limited number of patients with specific endocrine diagnoses are admitted to the endocrine service; the vast majority are patients with thyroid cancer who are admitted for radioactive iodine therapy.
Experience in the outpatient setting is emphasized throughout the fellowship, since the majority of the endocrinology practice occurs in the ambulatory setting. During the outpatient rotation, the fellows participate in five half-day general endocrinology clinics per week. Although every patient is seen under the supervision of faculty attending physicians, the fellows are expected to assume a primary role in patient management and to follow individual patients until the next appointment. A team approach to diabetes care is encouraged with a staff that includes diabetes educators, dietitians and nurse practitioners. An active insulin pump program and the use of new technologies such as the Continuous Glucose Monitor Sensor are available.
Multidisciplinary Endocrinology Conferences
Thyroid Unit: Held on a monthly basis in conjunction with Nuclear Medicine, Endocrine Surgery and Pathology to review primarily patients with thyroid cancer and their treatment options but also any other interesting thyroid case.
Hereditary Endocrinopathies: Held on a monthly basis in conjunction with Endocrine Surgery and Genetics to review patients with hereditary endocrinopathies (multiple endocrine neoplasia types 1 and 2, etc.).
Pituitary and Skull Base Tumor Cases: Held on a monthly basis in conjunction with Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology and Radiology to review patients with pituitary and skull base tumors and their evaluation and management plans.
Along with high-quality training in clinical endocrinology, research training is a major focus of the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship. While the program welcomes all well-qualified applicants, individuals with an interest in an academic endocrinology career are especially encouraged to apply in order to take advantage of the research focus.
First-year fellows are introduced to the spectrum of research activities conducted within the division and by faculty members affiliated with the training program. Within the first three months of the fellowship, the fellow should be able to identify an appropriate research topic and faculty mentor. Fellows are expected to submit a brief research proposal within the first year in order to gain experience in devising an experimental plan. These research proposals are assembled with the guidance of the faculty mentor.
Fellows on the academic track are encouraged to apply for extramural funding during the second year to support additional years of training. Fellows are encouraged to attend national meetings and submit abstracts of their research for presentations. They are also expected to submit their data for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Research opportunities for fellows are available in a variety of endocrine-related disciplines, including:
- Endocrine oncology
- Heart and Vascular Institute (cardiology)
- Obesity and insulin resistance
- Ovarian cell biology
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
A state-of-the-art patient registry database tracks patient outcomes for all diabetes patients within the endocrine clinics and primary care sites affiliated with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. This functions as a valuable resource for population-based diabetes management and research.
A number of diabetes-related research opportunities exist outside of the division as well.
Fellow Honors and Recognitions
Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center accept ongoing nominations for the Exceptional Moments in Teaching award.
The award, given monthly by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment, accepts nominations from College of Medicine students who are invited to submit narratives about faculty members, residents, fellows, nurses or any other educators who challenge them and provide an exceptional learning experience. See more about the award here.
Previous nominees from the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship are listed here. Click the + next to a nominee name to read their nominator’s comments.