Welcome to the Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism Fellowship Training Program at Columbia University.
-Salila Kurra, MD
Program Director, Columbia Endocrine, Diabetes, & Metabolism Fellowship
Our fellowship is ABIM-accredited and we typically offer two positions each year. Our fellowship is designed to train exceptional clinical endocrinologists and outstanding research physicians who will become leaders in the field. Many of our graduates have thriving careers in academic medicine.
Our fellowship training model is unique in that fellows engage in both research and clinical experiences during all three years of training. Fellows actively participate in the clinical management of their patients both in the inpatient and outpatient settings, while engaging in research throughout their fellowship. This model enhances both the research and clinical experience by allowing trainees to engage in research projects from the inception to publishable results. It augments the clinical training since fellows are actively involved in clinical care throughout their fellowships, thus allowing them to establish long-term relationships with their patients.
Fellows are assigned on the inpatient consult service for twenty-four weeks their first year, eighteen weeks their second year, and ten weeks their third year. Each fellow spends time on the inpatient general endocrine consult service as well as the inpatient surgical and medical diabetes services. During their time on the inpatient service, fellows have significant exposure to all types of endocrine diseases from rare disorders such as acromegaly, Cushing’s disease and pheochromocytomas to more common conditions such as diabetes and thyroid disease among many others. Fellows also interact closely with the neurosurgical and endocrine surgery services.
Our outpatient fellowship training also offers a great deal of depth and breadth. Fellows participate in 3-year continuity clinics composed of their own patients in three different settings: General Endocrine Clinic, Thyroid Clinic, and Diabetes Clinic. Our fellows are trained in the management of both common and rare outpatient endocrine diseases as well as dynamic endocrine testing, ultrasound-guided biopsy of the thyroid, insulin pump management and DXA reading. They are also able to participate in our attending subspecialty clinics with our world-renowned faculty, including clinics at our Thyroid Center, Parathyroid Center, Neuroendocrine Division, Lipid Unit and our Metabolic Bone Diseases Program.
Our fellows actively engage in either basic science, translational or clinical research. Fellows may be supported by an NIH-funded T-32 training grant. Throughout their three years of fellowship, fellows work on mentored research projects. There is also an opportunity to obtain a Master of Science in Biostatics degree from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
The goal of our fellowship is to train well rounded clinicians and successful investigators who will progress to careers in academic medicine. On a personal note, I am very grateful for the opportunities that I had during my own fellowship training here at Columbia. I feel fortunate to have had world-renowned mentors who were also extremely supportive and helped me shape my career path as a clinician-educator and transition to a faculty position at Columbia. The breadth and depth of my clinical training prepared me well for a referral-based academic practice in thyroid and adrenal disorders as well as Director of the Fellowship training program and Endocrine Pathophysiology course director. As a fellow I was impressed at the accessibility and dedication of the faculty, who provided guidance regarding both patient care and life in general, and who were available during all hours of the day and night. As our current fellows will attest, there was a perfect blend of autonomy and supervision. I know that without the nurturing guidance and support of our faculty I would not be where I am today. I, along with the rest of our faculty, look forward to continuing the tradition of fostering the training and career paths of future Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Fellowship trainees.