Fellowship Training Program
The Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism Fellowship program at Baylor College of Medicine is an accredited program through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education that provides comprehensive clinical and research experience in pediatric endocrinology.
Section faculty is comprised of nineteen medical doctors. The section recruits three new fellows a year, for a total of nine fellows in the program at any one time. In addition, the program offers an optional fourth year of research,a unique combined genetics-endocrinology research track in conjunction with the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics under the direction of Dr. Arthur Beaudett. The program also offers a four year program in conjunction with the Department of Medicine for medicine-pediatric residents interested in pursuing a combined fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology.
The training program is based at Texas Children's Hospital, a 467-licensed bed pediatric hospital located in Houston’s Texas Medical Center, which provides inpatient and outpatient acute, emergency, and sub-specialty services. Texas Children's is the primary pediatric teaching hospital for BCM. Fellows are required to assume increasing patient care responsibility during the three to four years of their training. The first year is committed exclusively to inpatient and outpatient care whereas the second and third years are primarily research. Participation in a fellow’s continuity clinic and weekend coverage occurs in all 3 years of training. The fellows participate in the teaching of medical students, residents and adult endocrine fellows. They also run the weekly case conference series for the endocrine division. Fellows are active participants in our curriculum held on Friday mornings before the continuity clinic sessions. The program director and the fellows advisor help the fellow to identify a clinical or basic science research project, which appeals to the specific interests of that individual and helps identify an appropriate mentor to guide the development, approval and execution of the protocol.
During the first month of the second year, the fellows are required to take the “Fundamentals of Clinical Investigation” course designed by the Clinical Scientist Training Program. The course provides lectures on appropriate research designs, basics of biostatistics, ethical conduct of research and regulatory issues governing research. All fellows must complete the program with at least one hypothesis-based first author publication in a peer-reviewed journal. In addition, the fellows participate actively in discussion of case reports, a lecture series by the faculty, lectures given by the fellows and a number of conferences throughout the three years of training. The program is supported by a National Institutes of Health T-32 fellowship-training grant and a K-12 mentored research-training grant from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
For additional details about the program please review the fellows handbook. For any questions or if you would like to submit your resume and application, please contact Kathy Hwu, M.D. at the academic office.