Fellowship Education

In addition to the strong clinical training, fellows participate in an incredible variety of conferences and didactic sessions. First-year fellows have protected time for half the day (Wednesday morning) for educational and didactic sessions, including Endocrine Grand Rounds, Didactic Curriculum Talks, and Thyroid Cytopathology Conference. Further details of the educational curriculum for all fellows is provided below.

Didactic Curriculum: First-year fellows attend lectures focused on key endocrine topics, given by experts in the field. During the summer, the didactic curriculum focuses on endocrine emergencies and basic management of common endocrine disorders.  

Journal Club (monthly):  Fellows, with the support of a faculty mentor, present critical reviews of recently published articles.

Endocrine Grand Rounds (weekly): Leaders in the field of endocrinology are invited to present on variety of research and clinical topics. Once a month, Endocrine Grand Rounds is shared between the Reproductive Endocrinology and Pediatric Endocrinology groups and a multi-disciplinary topic.

Thyroid Cytopathology Conference (weekly): Challenging thyroid FNA and surgical pathology slides are reviewed with a cytopathologist, along with clinical discussion of cases.  

Tumor Boards (monthly): Adrenal Tumor Board, Parathyroid/Calcium Tumor Board, Thyroid Tumor Board, Neuroendocrine Tumor Board. A variety tumor boards occur on a monthly basis to discuss complicated and challenging cases. The multidisciplinary conferences include endocrine surgery, head and neck surgery, pathology, radiology, radiation oncology and medical oncology.

Conferences (weekly): Thyroid Clinic Case Conference, Endocrine Clinic Case Conferences (weekly, at each site), Diabetes Clinic Case Conference.

Meetings and Retreats: Fellows are encouraged and supported to attend one national meeting in diabetes, endocrinology, and metabolism in their second and third years. Additionally, fellows have the opportunity to attend the UCSF Updates in Diabetes and Endocrinology during each year of fellowship. The division also sponsors an annual Research Showcase of faculty short talks, as a way of introducing fellows to potential mentors. We also have an annual half-day fellow retreat focused on fellow research in progress and career development topics.