About the fellowship program

The Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism fellowship program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a fully accredited two year program designed to prepare trainees for competence in academic as well as clinical careers.  Through clinical rotations, research and conferences, trainees gain experience in the pathophysiology, evaluation and treatment of a broad spectrum of endocrine disease, including adrenal, bone and mineral, diabetes, gonadal, lipid, neuroendocrine, obesity, pancreatic, pituitary and thyroid disease in adult patients.

Clinical Training

Clinical rotations include a variety of endocrine clinics and inpatient consultation experiences. Required rotations in pediatric and reproductive endocrinology are provided through arrangement with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. There are over 30,000 outpatient visits per year to the Diabetes and Endocrine Clinics.

O
utpatient Clinics:
Endocrinology fellows function as the primary provider to outpatients seen in Fellow’s Continuity Clinic, which provides a supervised general endocrinology experience. In addition fellows rotate through various Attending Clinics with subspecialty focus, including disorders of adrenal, bone & mineral, diabetes, lipid, obesity, pituitary, and thyroid. Thus fellows receive experiences to evaluate and manage a broad spectrum of endocrine diseases.

Pediatric and reproductive endocrinology rotations are provided through arrangement with Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio Reproductive Medicine.

A copy of the fellows clinic schedule for the year can be viewed here.

Inpatient Consults:
A list of the inpatient consults seen during a typical month can be viewed here.

Research Training and Opportunities

In addition to clinical training, research is a required component of the fellowship program. Throughout the fellowship, each trainee works closely with a single faculty advisor in a clinical/basic science research area of mutual interest. This one-to-one relationship provides appropriate mentoring for research project and career development. Many of the faculty members hold current NIH, other federally or privately funded research grants spanning basic science to clinical outcomes research. There are opportunities to interact with collaborating scientific faculty at Ohio State as well. A list of faculty and their research interests can be viewed here.

OSU is a recipient of an NIH-funded Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) which supports high level basic and clinical science research. There is a ten-bed NIH-funded Clinical Research Center which enables faculty and trainees to conduct research studies in various areas, including nutrition, lipids, neuroendocrine tumors, diabetes and osteoporosis. For more information on our research activities, check out our research.

Fellowship Program Conferences

A series of clinical, research and journal club conferences organized throughout the year provides a forum for further education, interaction with faculty and visiting professors and development of presentation skills for the fellows. A summer Introductory Lecture series is designed to provide a foundation for lecture series for all internal medicine subspecialty fellows. Fellows work together on a QI project with faculty oversight. 

Research collaboration opportunities for fellows


A wide range of research areas are available for our fellows in the Endocrine Division and there are additional opportunities to interact with collaborating scientific faculty at Ohio State. Many of the faculty members hold current NIH, other federally or privately funded research grants spanning basic science to clinical outcomes research.
Endocrinology division faculty are nationally and internationally recognized in various areas of endocrine research. Our core faculty includes: David Bradley, Elizabeth Buschur, Kathleen M. Dungan (Associate Division Director), Mayumi Endo, Luma Ghalib, Willa Hsueh, Steven W. Ing, Rebecca D. Jackson, Joshua Joseph, Raheela Khawaja, Lawrence S. Kirschner, Shumei Meng, Fadi Nabhan, Lekshmi Nair, Benjamin O’Donnell, Jay Patel, Matthew D. Ringel (Division Director), Laura E. Ryan, Jennifer A. Sipos and Kathleen Wyne. We also benefit from the wisdom and experience of Emeriti Professors, Samuel Cataland, William B. Malarkey and Kwame Osei.

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Curriculum


The fellowship curriculum is structured so that eligibility to take the ABIM Board Certification in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism can be obtained in 24 months. An optional third year provides additional research training for those pursing an academic career. The fellowship program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


Download a summary of the curriculum:

We are partnering with the Pediatric Endocrinology program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to offer a combined fellowship program in endocrinology which would last 4 years. A focus of this track includes the transition of care of pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes and other endocrinologic disorders to adult endocrine clinic. View a sample pediatric endocrinology fellowship block diagram of the structure across 4 years for this track. From the OSU perspective, this is considered a track within an ACGME-sponsored 2 year clinical fellowship program.


Clinical Experience

Clinical experience opportunities for fellows

Clinical experience opportunities for fellows


Fellow’s Continuity Clinic

One half day per week

Fellow’s continuity clinic with faculty supervision throughout first and second year. Fellows are the primary manager of these patients under faculty supervision.


F1:    August-June: 1 new, 2 hospital follow up, and 3 return patients

F2: July-August:  1 new, 2 hospital follow up, and 3 return patients

Sept-March:  4 new and 4 follow-up patients

April-June:    8 follow-up patients

Outpatient Clinics

F1: September-June: three half day clinics/week when not doing inpatient endocrine consult service on a rotating schedule to include clinics in specialized areas: 
  • Adrenal
  • Bone/Mineral
  • Diabetes 
  • Lipids
  • Obesity
  • Pituitary
  • Thyroid
  • Dedicated experience in Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
None during on-service months

F2: July-June: one half day clinic per week with research mentor.

F2: One month of Pediatric Endocrinology clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (three half day clinics per week) is required.

F2: One month of Reproductive Endocrinology clinic with Department of Reproductive Endocrinology and Center for Women’s Health (two half day clinics per week).

F2: Elective clinical rotations available include Advanced Thyroid Cancer & Neuroendocrine Tumors, Pregnancy-related Endocrinology & Diabetes. 

Inpatient Consult Services

Inpatient Endocrinology Consult Service

5 months in F1 and 1 months in F2

F1: September-June

F2: July-August

Each month of consult service will be covered by a fellow. Fellow are responsible for coordinating initial assessment of inpatient consultations and following progress through the hospital course regarding diagnosis and management. Fellow also responsible for complementing instruction for house staff and medical students also on rotation. Staffed by faculty daily.

Inpatient Diabetes Consult Service

Half month in summer of F1

Fellows have a foundational experience in managing inpatient diabetes in the Ross Heart and University Hospitals. Fellows work closely with nurse practitioners and round with faculty daily.

Procedures

Procedures- Required
  • DXA interpretation: Fellows spend time learning how to interpret DXA scans at Continuity Clinic, during a monthly fellow’s conference devoted to Metabolic Bone and mineral disorders, outpatient attending Bone Clinic, and during fellow’s Pre-clinic conference.
  • Thyroid ultrasound and Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy: We introduce these techniques during a tutorial in the summer, followed by dedicated time spent in weekly Thyroid FNA Clinic, and continued US interpretation during fellows pre-clinic conference.
  • Continuous glucose monitoring & insulin pump downloads: New fellows are introduced to this during focused ½ month inpatient Diabetes Consult during summer of F1, followed by focused experience in Diabetes Technology Clinic, fellow’s pre-clinic conference to gain expertise in problem-solving this technology.
  • 131I administration- Fellows are present with Endocrine Division faculty who are Authorized Users of radioactive iodine for administration of 131I in the treatment of hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.
  • Fellows maintain a log of all procedures.
Procedures- Optional
  • F2: In the spring of the second year, fellows are nominated to attend “Endocrine University”, a Clinical Procedure Certification Course offered by the Mayo Clinic, a week-long course toward achieving certification in CGM/insulin pump interpretation, DXA scan interpretation, and Thyroid ultrasound and FNA biopsy.
  • F2: Opportunity to participate in other certification courses at fellow’s personal expense. This can include the AACE Nuclear Medicine course to fulfill the NRC requirements for training in radiation biology, physics and safety in the use of radioactive iodine.

Conferences

Weekly Conferences

Weekly conferences are held on Wednesday 7:30am with the entire Endocrinology Division using the following formats:

  • Clinical Case Conference: Fellows present interesting cases typically from their inpatient consult service rotation. Fellows research the medical literature with focus on the specific areas related to diagnosis, management and appropriate educational updates that made the cases interesting.
  • Journal Club: Fellows work with an assigned attending to present a recent journal article and critically review.
  • Board Review: Fellows prepare and present boards-type questions and explanations.
Power point presentations are kept on the Division shared drive and available for the Fellows for future review and study.

Monthly Conferences

Each of these subspecialty conferences and are held once a month with a faculty having specific interest in these areas.
  • Adrenal
  • Bone/DXA
  • Thyroid, Radioiodine Therapy, Cytology
  • Pituitary multidisciplinary conference: endocrinology, neurosurgery, radiology and pathology
  • Quality improvement projects

Optional Clinical Educational Opportunities

  • Once a week review of Board Review Questions to prepare for Subspecialty Certification, although optional are well attended.
  • Opportunities for additional specialty training are available through the Endocrine Fellows Foundation, NIH, AACE and other organizations. 
  • Participation in Divisional, Regional and National CME meetings is desirable and will be encouraged.
  • Participation in all CME programs provided by the Division will be strongly supported, including Endocrinology Update, Diabetes Dialogue, Thyroid Cancer Symposium and Metabolic Bone Disease Update.

Summary of Required Elements of Fellowship

  • Completion of minimum of 24 months training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism ACGME certified training program
  • Average of 2 rotating half day endocrine clinics per month for 24 months in which 1 half-day continuity clinic per month for at least 20 months
  • 1 month of pediatric endocrinology
  • 2 weeks of reproductive endocrinology
  • Presentations at Board Review Conference, Journal Club and Endocrine Case Conference about 6-8 times per year
  • A minimum of one didactic course on biostatistics or study design (or other “approved” course germane to research initiative)
  • Completion of a research study as evidenced by:
    • protocol development/IRB submission
    • research conferences covering study design
    • grant preparation and submission
    • abstract submission
    • presentation of results at Research Conference and OSU Fellows Research Symposium
    • preparation of final manuscript for submission
  • Participation in teaching activities as evidenced by:
    • small group tutorials for medical students during their endocrinology block

Education

Fellow educational teaching experience

Some of the benefits to the fellow educational teaching experience include:

  • House Staff and Medical students rotating on the Inpatient Endocrine Consult Service
  • Small group tutorials for 1st and 2nd year medical students (required Year 1 and 2)
  • Present at CME programs given by Division (optional in Year 2)

Research

Fellowship research experience

Research is a primary goal of the OSU Endocrinology Fellowship Program to train academic leaders for tomorrow. Fellows actively explore potential research opportunities with faculty on-going and newly established research initiatives. Training will incorporate protocol development/experimental design; research techniques; data analysis; presentation skills and scientific writing. Requirements and timeline for completion will include:
  • Prior to fellowship start: identify project areas of interest/back ground reading
  • July-September Year 1: choosing a mentor: Time will be provided in the first two months for  new fellows to meet with potential research mentors and complete CITI training. Mentors can be outside the Division and approval by the program director required.
  • October-December Year 1: project development
  • January Year 1: present proposed protocol at research conference is required within the first 6 months of fellowship. The goal of this exercise is to develop presentation skills and to utilize faculty expertise to feedback on proposed project.
  • January-June: IRB submission (if appropriate), learn techniques
  • Year 1: prepare and submit grant for funding
  • Year 2: Submit and present data at OSU Fellow Research Symposium (required in Year 2)
  • Submit abstract(s) to regional/national meetings and present data if accepted
  • Prepare and submit manuscript

Endocrinology research conference (required)
  • Annual presentation of study progress. First year fellow discusses research proposal at midyear. Second year fellow presents a summary presentation at end of fellowship.
  • All fellows are also required to attend at least 75% of endocrinology research conferences where other faculty and guest speakers will present basic and clinical endocrine research.

National meetings
  • Each fellow will be expected to submit an abstract for at least one national meeting by Year 2 and if accepted, to prepare and present the data at that venue.
  • Fellows will also be encouraged to attend regional/national scientific meetings to enhance networking and scientific exchange.

Application process

We appreciate your interest in our fellowship program. Candidates must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency in internal medicine before beginning the fellowship program. All candidates must apply using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Application must include:

  • Letter of recommendation from the chairperson of your department and from two other faculty
  • Personal statement telling us of your interests and future plans
  • Any supporting documents, such as USMLE scores and ECFMG certification
Application deadline: August 19, 2017


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Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellows

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellows

Pratima Nayak, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Veena Kesireddy, MD

MD: Katuri Medical College
Residency: Southern Illinois University

Maryam Taufeeq, MD

MD: Aga Khan University Medical College
Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Neha Verma, MD

MD: St. George's University School of Medicine 
Residency: Morristown Medical Center

Past Fellows

Past Fellows

2017

Heather Saran, MD

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Konstantinos Segkos, MD

Medical School: University of Athens, Greece
Residency: University of Massachusetts

2016

Conchitina (Tina) Fojas, MD

Residency: Montefiore Medical Center

Nancy Mora Becerra, MD

Residency: John Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County

2015

Umal Azmat, MD

Medical school: Aga Khan Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan
Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Employment: Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center, Pakistan

Sara Healy, MD

Medical school: Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, GA
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH
Employment: Licking Memorial Hospital, Newark, OH

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2014

Nora Alghothani, MD

Medical school: The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH
Employment: Riverside, Columbus, OH

Susannah Becker, MD

Medical school: Wright State University, Dayton, OH
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH
Employment: Christ Hospital Physician Network, Cincinnati, OH

2013

I-Tsyr Shaw, MD                        

Medical school: University of Toledo, College of Medicine, Toledo, OH
Residency: Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN
Employment: Licking County Memorial Hospital, Licking, OH

Laleh Razavi Nematollahi, MD

Medical school: Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Residency: University of Tennessee, Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

2012

Michael Uzmann, MD

Medical school: University of Toledo, College of Medicine
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Employment: EDLC of Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ

Laticia Valle, MD

Medical school: University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry
Residency: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Employment: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

2011

Wen Han, MD

Medical school: Shanghai Second Medical University, China
Residency: Rui Jin Hospital, China
Employment: Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, CA

Joan Parambi, MBBS

Medical school: Sri Ramchandra Medical College and Research Institute, India
Residency: University Hospitals of Cleveland
Employment: Peninsula Regional Medical Center, MD

Contact

Steven W. Ing, MD, MSCE
Director, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship
Steven.Ing@osumc.edu

Benjamin O’Donnell, MD
Associate Director, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship

Dianne Stansifer
Coordinator, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship
Dianne.Stansifer@osumc.edu

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