Fellows in the program are required to participate in a meaningful way in an endocrine-related research project. During the first year, trainees are expected to learn about the research interests of the faculty members by attending Research Seminars, Journal Clubs or by direct interaction with the faculty.
In general, Fellows should reach an agreement to carry out research with a specific faculty member by the end of the first year or the program. For "clinical track" Fellows who will complete the program in two years, approximately 35% of their time during the second year should be devoted to research. For "research track" Fellows who will complete the program in three years, approximately 75 percent of their time during the second year and 90% of their time during the third year should be devoted to research.
During their Research Program, the Fellows will learn to critically review the pertinent literature, design studies, develop research methodologies, collect and analyze primary data, and present their findings and prepare manuscripts. A member of the Endocrinology faculty will supervise the research program. It is expected that the Fellow submit at least one abstract each year to a national meeting of societies such as The Endocrine Society, The American Thyroid Association, or The American Diabetes Association.
The Division has an active research program that encompasses basic research in molecular genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology and anatomy and human investigation.