Vanderbilt has been training endocrine fellows for over 50 years, and there are over 200 graduates of the program. Many of these graduates are physician-scientists and leaders at academic institutions in the United States and around the world, while others have leadership positions in industry or practice endocrinology. The adult endocrine clinical fellowship training program has been in existence since 1956 and its graduates have gone on to productive careers in academic research, teaching, and patient care. Over a 30-year period, 75% of M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. trainees have gone on to academic, industry or government careers.
There are several components of our program that make it special.
In their first year, each fellow assembles a mentoring committee consisting of their research advisor, continuity clinic director, the fellowship program manager, and a faculty member outside the division whose work is related to the trainee’s research endeavors. This committed meets at least yearly to assure the career goals of the fellows are being met with regard to clinical training, research training, grant proposals and the job application process.
All fellows are expected to apply for individual grant support. Previous fellows have been awarded individual fellowship awards (NRSA) and career-development (K08) grants from the NIH, VA career-development grants, Endocrine Fellows Foundation (EFF) grants, and others. Learning the grant application process with the help of an experienced mentor is very important for the career development of academic physicians. Engaging in this process early in the trainee’s fellowship helps establish a track-record of success as fellows begin their transitions to independent academic careers.
National Meeting Participation
Endocrine fellows are expected to attend and prepare a poster presentation at the annual Endocrine Society Meeting. The division supports attendance at this conference. This is an excellent opportunity for trainees to share their work, develop clinical and research ideas, to network and promote their career development. Attendance at other national meetings is encouraged.