Pediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes Fellowship
We offer comprehensive training and mentored research in pediatric endocrinology, diabetes and weight-related health risks for those interested in a career as a clinician, clinical educator or clinician scientist. The Phoenix Children's/Maricopa Medical Center Fellowship, accredited by the ACGME in 1999, only accepts one fellow per year.
The mission of the program is to provide a curriculum to assure fellows are able to pursue the independent practice of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes. Graduates will possess enough clinical and research experience to successfully pursue a career in academic medicine, industry or private practice.
The Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Division addresses the needs of children and adolescents with endocrine disorders and their families. The team consists of clinical nurse specialists, clinical nutritionists, certified diabetes educators (CDEs) and attending pediatric endocrinology faculty physicians.
The staff at Phoenix Children’s provides care for nearly 6,000 outpatient visits, 300 inpatient consultations and over 100 new-onset type 1 diabetes patients each year. It is a large teaching hospital including more than 30 pediatric residents per year, along with rotating med-peds, family practice and emergency room residents. There are several other pediatric fellowships, including neurology, radiology, surgery, orthopedics, dermatology, hematology/oncology and emergency medicine.
The emphasis during the first year of the fellowship is to gain experience in the clinical practice of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes and fellows will select an area of interest for a scholarly activity. The Scholarship Oversight Committee meets twice a year to provide support and guidance and assure meaningful research activity during the fellowship. A scholarly activity will begin in the latter half of the first year and culminate during the final year of fellowship. PhD's with extensive research experience are on staff to help guide the fellow’s research.
Fellows are allowed ample time to complete scholarly activities during their second year of training. Specialized areas are available, including cancer survivors, type 2 diabetes, and CF-related diabetes. The Fellow’s Continuity Clinic, and limited inpatient coverage during the second and third year of training, provides a wide range of clinical experiences, enhances teaching skills and develops leadership skills.
Call schedule is one week out of every three during the first year, and one week out of every six during the second and third year of training. Fellows do have to come in at night on rare occasions, but this occurs only a few times a year.
Compensation and benefits are competitive. Fellows receive a food allowance for the cafeteria as well.
Chirag R. Kapadia, MD
Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes
Phoenix Children’s Hospital