Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship

Program Overview

Cedars-Sinai offers a two-year fellowship in Endocrinology, with a focus on research as well as clinical training. In addition to leading trainees to board eligibility in endocrinology, our mission is to train the next generation of academic endocrinologists.

  • Fellows spend six months of the two years as the clinical fellow on the inpatient Endocrine Consult Service. The remaining time of each year is spent attending additional clinics as well as participating in research projects under the guidance of a faculty preceptor.
  • All fellows participate in at least one weekly endocrine clinic throughout their training.
  • Two to three total fellows (one fellow per year).
  • Core inpatient rotations take place at Cedars-Sinai, which offers endocrine surgery, neurosurgery, radiation therapy, and radioiodine for thyroid cancer and hyperthyroidism.
  • Endocrine clinics are based at Cedars-Sinai, Olive View Medical Center, Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, Harbor-UCLA, and UCLA Center for Health Sciences.


Core Clinical Rotations

  • Inpatient Consultation: The consult fellow will direct a team including a medical resident and often a medical student. The fellow will see patients with a wide variety of metabolic and endocrine abnormalities and will be responsible for teaching the junior members of the team.
    • At Cedars-Sinai, all consultation cases are presented to and discussed with a full time faculty member, with rounds held twice weekly. The service is particularly rich in pituitary tumors and post-operative diabetes insipidus, in addition to general endocrinology and metabolic disorders. The fellow also runs daily "insulin rounds" with the residents caring for hospitalized patients requiring insulin for their diabetes. Clinics during these blocks include general Endocrinology, Diabetes, Reproductive Endocrinology, Pituitary Clinic, all taking place at Cedars-Sinai.

Outpatient Clinics

  • Continuity clinics include a weekly Endocrinology Clinic and a multidisciplinary Diabetes Clinic. These take place throughout the entire fellowship period. The continuity and variety of conditions is excellent. The Diabetes Clinic includes a didactic series for the residents that fellows participate in by presenting lectures.
  • There are a wide variety of other outpatient clinics that fellows attend.
    • Fellows are also involved in the management of the private patients seen by the full-time Cedars-Sinai faculty and can evaluate patients in the busy practices of selected clinical attendings.
    • Two months each year, fellows attend a weekly General Endocrinology clinic at UCLA/Olive View Medical Center, and likewise spend two months each year in the General Endocrinology Clinic at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Both of these are county teaching hospitals, with a rich breadth of patients.

Specialized Endocrine Rotations

Six months over the training period, fellows attend subspecialty clinics including Weight Management, Pituitary, and Reproductive Endocrinology Clinics at Cedars-Sinai, a Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic at UCLA, and a Pregnancy Thyroid Clinic at USC.
 

Specialized Procedural Experience

We have our own thyroid ultrasound instrument and training is provided for fellows. This permits the fellows and faculty to perform thyroid US and guided biopsies during General Endocrine clinic as well as when convenient.
 

Research

Investigative training is an integral part of our program. It is anticipated that all of our fellows will become involved in clinical research or more basic laboratory research early in their first year with their personal involvement becoming more direct and extensive as the fellowship program progresses. Fellows in our program usually select one faculty member as their research preceptor and then carry out their research program in one of several areas. All fellows attend research seminars and conferences to become familiar with the projects underway in our laboratories.

The Endocrine Division (CS) has a T32 grant from the NIH that can support salaries of fellows performing research, including an additional year of dedicated research training beyond the standard two-year fellowship. Cedars-Sinai has also instituted the Clinical Scholars Program, which fosters development of clinician-researchers, with the ultimate goal of assisting them in establishing a project and obtaining grant funding.

The faculty have active research endeavors in autoimmune thyroid disease, diabetes and insulin resistance, genetic epidemiology, growth factors, hypertension, lipids, molecular endocrinology, neuroendocrinology, obesity, polycystic ovary syndrome, reproductive endocrinology, and thyroid cancer. Our faculty are supported by research grants from NIH, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and industry.
 

Conferences

Conferences are attended by full time and volunteer faculty, fellows, research associates and students. A number of distinguished visiting professors serve to enrich the conference program.

  • Endocrine Grand Rounds: Major subjects in endocrinology are discussed by the faculty and distinguished visiting professors at weekly conferences.
  • Thyroid Cancer Rounds: This monthly conference features presentation and discussion of challenging cases as a way to highlight key topics in diagnosis and management of thyroid cancer.
  • Endocrine Research Conference: In this weekly seminar, diverse investigators present the results of their clinical or basic research.
  • Endocrine Seminar Series: Occurring twice a month, this is an interactive review of an endocrine topic with a faculty member and the fellows, and covers the full spectrum of endocrinology over the course of training.
  • Board Review for Fellows: Meeting twice a month, a faculty preceptor reviews board exam type questions with the fellows.
  • Endocrine Journal Club: These monthly journals club include clinical and research trainees and faculty, and provide insight into analysis of the endocrine literature, focusing on controversial topics or new therapies.
  • Pituitary Rounds: In this monthly conference, difficult cases of pituitary disease are presented. This is an interdisciplinary conference, with participation by pathology, radiology, and surgery as well as endocrinology.
  • Interdisciplinary Conference on Diabetes and Metabolism: This monthly conference reviews topics in diabetes management, via case presentation and/or presentations by experts in the field.

Additional Didactic Opportunities

  • Regional conferences on diabetes, pituitary disease, thyroid disease, and other topics are available.
  • Senior fellows may attend Endocrine University (AACE-sponsored 1 week didactic at Mayo Clinic).
  • All fellows attend a weekly didactic diabetes series over the first three months of training.

Full-Time Faculty

  • Anat Ben Shlomo, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, UCLA and Endocrinologist, Cedars-Sinai
  • Vivien Bonert, MD, Professor of Medicine, UCLA and Clinical Coordinator, Pituitary Center, Cedars-Sinai
  • Glenn Braunstein, MD, Professor of Medicine, UCLA; Chair, Department of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai
  • John Carmichael, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCLA and Endocrinologist, Cedars-Sinai
  • Odelia Cooper, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCLA and Endocrinologist, Cedars-Sinai
  • Mark Goodarzi, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, UCLA; Director, Division of Endocrinology, Cedars-Sinai and Site Director, Fellowship Program in Endocrinology
  • Ning-Ai Liu, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, UCLA and Endocrinologist, Cedars-Sinai
  • Ruchi Mathur, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, UCLA and Medical Director, Diabetes Center, Cedars-Sinai
  • Shlomo Melmed, MB ChB, MACP, FRCP, Professor of Medicine, UCLA; Director, Burns and Allen Research Institute, and Senior Vice President Academic Affairs, Cedars-Sinai
  • Basil Rapoport, MD, Professor of Medicine, UCLA and Director, Autoimmune Disease Unit, Cedars-Sinai
  • Wendy Sacks, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCLA and Endocrinologist, Cedars-Sinai
  • Run Yu, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, UCLA and Director, Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumor Center, Cedars-Sinai
     

Volunteer Faculty: We have over 30 clinical endocrinologists in private practice, all with UCLA Clinical Faculty appointments, who attend in the general endocrinology clinics, providing fellows with a diverse exposure to clinical management skills.

Fellow Profile: Our fellows come from highly regarded medical school and residency programs. A list of medical schools and internal medicine residencies for fellows in the recent past follows:

  • Medical School: University of California, San Diego; University of California, Irvine; University of Southern California; University of Michigan; Medical College of Wisconsin; Medical College of Virginia; University of Virginia; University of Colorado; Yale University; New York University; George Washington University; Loma Linda University; University of Texas, Southwestern and Columbia Presbyterian.
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Cedars-Sinai; Northwestern University; Loma Linda University, Cottage Hospital; UCLA/San Fernando Valley Program; UCLA/VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Program; Yale University; New York University; University of California, Irvine; Kaiser-Permanente; Scripps; UCSF; Barnes Jewish Hospital and UCLA.

 

General Information

Fellow Salary

All offers for appointments originate from the Cedars-Sinai's Graduate Medical Education (GME) office. Salary is based on the current prevailing level for 4th and 5th year residents. Salary information can be found here. All fellows must have a California license.

Vacations

Fellows are entitled to 20 days of paid time off each program year to cover vacation, holidays, and sick leave.

Insurance

Group health and dental insurance are provided for you and your eligible dependents. Further information on both of these categories, as well as life, disability and liability insurance are available through Cedars-Sinai's Human Resources Department.

Applications

Completed application must be uploaded to the ERAS National Resident Matching Program web site and should be completed by October 1st (each annual application session). Applications for July 1, 2014, are now being considered..

Personal interview at Cedars-Sinai is required.

Foreign Applications

Graduates of foreign medical schools must meet all federal and state requirements for postgraduate training.