Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Fellowship
Phoenix Children’s Hospital offers 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 Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center fellowship was initially accredited by the ACGME on July 1, 1999. It was accredited for 5 more years in 2011. The program 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 uses a multi-disciplinary approach to address the needs of children and adolescents with endocrine disorders and their families. There are six clinical nurse specialists and three clinical nutritionists in the Division. There are five certified diabetes educators (CDE). There are 8 (soon to be 9 or 10) 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 that includes 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 fellowship is to gain experience in the clinical practice of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes. During the first year, fellows will select an area of interest for a scholarly activity. Scholarship Oversight Committee meets twice a year to provide support and guidance to the fellow to 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. There are two PhD’s with extensive research experience 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 (Cancer survivors, Type 2 diabetes, CF related diabetes) are all available to interested fellows. Fellow’s Continuity Clinic and limited inpatient coverage during the 2nd and 3rd year of training help to provide a wide range of clinical experiences, enhance teaching skills and develop leadership.
Call schedule is one week out of every 3 weeks during the first year, and one week out of every 6 weeks during the 2nd and 3rd years. Call is busy, but regarded as manageable by most of the fellows; fellows do have to come in at night on rare occasions, but this occurs, at most, only a few times a year.
Compensation and benefits are competitive. Fellows receive a food allowance for the cafeteria as well. The local area is quite affordable. Phoenix is the nation’s sixth-largest metro area and offers plenty of outdoor recreation, restaurants, and nightlife, and is an excellent place for families as well.
Please send all correspondence to:
Chirag R. Kapadia, MD
Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
(602) 933-0935 (phone)
(602) 933-2471 (fax)