BCM, MD Anderson Joint Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
The present program was organized and developed by Dr. Peter Kohler, chief of the endocrine division from 1972-1977. Dr. James B. Field served as division chief until 1987. Under Dr. Field's leadership, the division expanded its research capabilities and was funded by NIH for a Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center.
Dr. A. E. Boyd, III, became division chief in 1987, and Dr. Glenn Cunningham was appointed acting chief in 1990 and chief in 1992. The Section of Endocrine Neoplasia and Hormonal Disorders of M. D. Anderson Cancer Center joined the program in 1992 under the leadership of Dr. Robert Gagel. In 1997, the program further expanded to include faculty from the Atherosclerosis and Hypertension Sections and the Departments of Molecular & Cellular Biology and Molecular & Human Genetics at Baylor. Dr. Arun Rajan served as acting chief from 1999 until 2001. Dr. Lawrence Chan assumed leadership of the division in 2001.
The Endocrine Fellowship Training Program is designed to provide excellent training in both clinical and research endocrinology in preparation for an independent academic career. Physicians with exceptional clinical skills who intend to pursue a career in clinical endocrinology will be considered for fellowship positions as well. Dr. Ashok Balasubramanyam is the current director of the Endocrine Fellowship Training Program.
The current program is structured as follows:
- First year fellows receive intensive clinical training in inpatient and outpatient Endocrinology with rotations at five hospitals (see below under “Clinical Training”).
- Second year fellows attend the Fellows’ Continuity Clinic at Ben Taub Hospital but are otherwise protected to devote attention to their research training.
- A third year of fellowship training is strongly recommended, and required for those selected for the Molecular Endocrinology Training Grant or Molecular Medicine pathway (see below under “Research Opportunities”). Third year fellows devote their full attention to research training.