Required Courses

Introduction to Biometry 1610

Designed for students with little or no previous course work in mathematics or statistics. Topics include study design, data description, elements of probability, distribution of random variables, applications of the binomial and normal distributions, estimation and confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, contingency tables, regression, and analysis of variance.

Additional topics include introduction to statistical computing and data management, distribution, free statistical methods, demographic measures, and life tables.

Introduction to Research

This course runs daily throughout July of each year. Fellows are taught medical statistics, disease etiology, computer science, and medical writing. Lectures are given on the use of human subjects, animal research, and full consent of confidentiality.

Additional Course Learning

Basic didactic learning in statistics and research are encouraged with the classes noted above. Fellows can choose to pursue a Masters in Public Health degree or a Masters in Clinical Research degree, both offered through The University of Texas. Others have chosen to involve themselves in the Clinical Scientist Training Program. This is a one-year or two-year program teaching fellows all aspects of research and grant writing as well as biostatistics. 

Please note that these programs require applications that may be due prior to the fellowship start date.

Clinical Responsibilities

Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Clinic

This serves as the primary outpatient clinic where fellows and staff see patients three days a week. From the treatment of ovarian cysts, to management of menstrual disorders in patients with chronic illness, the clinic sees a full spectrum of conditions in pediatric and adolescent gynecology. In addition, the clinic also encounters patients with precocious puberty, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and congenital anomalies requiring surgery. The fellows have the opportunity to follow these patients from the first clinic visit to the operating room, as well as post-operatively. The fellows and staff also work closely with many other departments to provide the best integrated care for patients.

Department of Adolescent Medicine

Fellows spend one to two half-day sessions per week in the adolescent medicine service. In the Adolescent Medicine Clinic, two to three new patients and five to six returning patients are evaluated. These patients present various pathologies, including dysfunctional uterine bleeding, depression, behavioral problems and eating disorders. Also, patients undergo contraceptive counseling, well-woman exams and other preventative medical interventions in this clinic.

Department of Pediatric Endocrinology

Fellows spend one afternoon a week with the pediatric endocrinology service. In the Pediatric Endocrine Clinic, two to three new patients and five to six returning patients are evaluated. These patients usually have diseases such as secondary amenorrhea, disorders of growth, adrenal disease, and pubertal abnormalities.

Call

Texas Children's service-call occurs according to the schedule fellows make. Each fellow is required to take faculty-level general OB/GYN night-call in the major resident teaching hospital once every two months (50 percent of calls). Usually, this activity takes up less than five percent of the fellowship.