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Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship

Description of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Endocrinology and Metabolism

The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Harbor UCLA Medical Center offers a three year research and clinical training program for graduates of pediatric residency programs. The program is ACGME-accredited for one position per training year. The program provides comprehensive clinical and scholarly activity training required for subspecialty board eligibility with the American Board of Pediatrics. This program will support development of high level investigative skills for individuals wishing to pursue a research-oriented academic career, and also strong teaching skills for those interested in clinician-educator careers. Applications are through ERAS, and the program participates in the Pediatric Specialty Fall Match. Fellow positions are supported by the County of Los Angeles. If available, a position may be supported through an NIH Training Grant (T32) which is jointly administered with the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism of the Department of Internal Medicine. (Visit http://www.harbor-ucla.org/endocrinology/training/ for more details.)

Hospital Facilities and Clinics

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is a 556-bed acute-care and tertiary care facility in Torrance that is owned and operated by Los Angeles County. It is a major teaching hospital for the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Through its inpatient, emergency, and ambulatory care programs in the Department of Health Services (DHS), Harbor-UCLA provides health care services to 3 million residents of Southwestern Los Angeles County, including those who are medically underresourced. Harbor-UCLA provides subspecialty care to patients referred by community health providers through eConsult (DHS electronic referral system). Through affiliations with the Los Angeles Biomedical Institute (LA BioMed) on the same campus, and UCLA, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center has created and maintained an international reputation for academic excellence and research productivity. LA BioMed is part of UCLA’s Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTSI), whose mission is “to bring UCLA innovations to bear on the greatest health needs of Los Angeles and the nation.”

The Pediatric Endocrine consult service provides the fellow trainee with the opportunity to see, learn about, diagnose, and manage all categories of endocrine disease. All fellows participate in the following clinics: Pediatric Endocrine, Pediatric Diabetes, Be Forever Fit (pediatric obesity), Pituitary, and Thyroid Fine Needle Biopsy. Fellows also enjoy the elective opportunities to participate in Genetics Clinic and Reproductive Endocrinology Clinic.

Conferences and Seminars

Fellows participate in the Endocrine Grand Rounds and the Endocrine Clinical Conference, which are jointly administered and attended by both Pediatric and Internal Medicine endocrinology faculty and fellows. Fellows participate in presenting cases and reviewing recent developments in the diagnosis and management of endocrine disorders. Fellows engage in multidisciplinary conferences on patients with endocrine disease such as thyroid cancer or hypothalamic/pituitary tumors who need surgical management. All fellows attend the following regularly scheduled conferences: Pediatric Grand Rounds, Pediatric Case Conference, Brasel Basic Science Seminar Series, and Biostatistical Methods Seminar Series. Additionally, fellows participate in the NIH sponsored graduate level courses under the Training Program in Translational Science (TPTS, formerly known as the UCLA K30 Graduate Training Program in Translational and Clinical Investigation) for certification in translational and clinical research. Fellows planning a career in research may also inquire about the possibility of participating in a Master’s in Clinical Research program.

Didactic sessions are held weekly for pediatric and adult endocrinology fellows. Didactic sessions cover the entire range of endocrinology topics and are led by a faculty member. Sessions are designed to be interactive, utilizing a number of approaches including power point lectures, question and answer sessions, and review of most recent guidelines.

Pediatric Endocrine fellows participate in a weekly case review session, during which the patients scheduled to be seen the coming week are discussed in a multidisciplinary meeting. Follow-up on other patients of interest are also discussed. Focus topic reviews are often held at this meeting to enhance fellow education.

Research Environment and Resources

Research facilities for faculty and fellows are located at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA, on the same campus as the medical center. Resources include tissue-cell culture facilities, a biomedical mass spectrometry facility, a sperm function laboratory, molecular biology facilities, morphology facilities (including electron and confocal microsurgery), an animal surgical suite and vivarium, and all other instrumentation for state of the art endocrine and metabolic research. Fellows receive training in the Ethical Conduct of Research for the Protection of Human Subjects, and/or the Ethical Conduct in the Care and Use of Animals in Research, as appropriate.

The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UCLA CTSI) supports an outpatient Clinical and Translational Research Center. These facilities are available to facilitate clinical research. This unit employs specially trained nurses and staff who are accustomed to working with complex research protocols on a daily basis.

Several of our faculty are recipients of NIH or other independent research grants, and are conducting ongoing research in the areas of obesity and diabetes, androgen and estrogen steroid metabolism, and the management of thyroid cancer with kinase inhibitors. Research support is available for pediatric fellows from the Department of Pediatrics in the form of seed funding.

Faculty (in alphabetical order)

W.N. Paul Lee, M.D.
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Department of Pediatrics

Catherine Mao, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Department of Pediatrics

Lynda Polgreen, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Department of Pediatrics

Jennifer K. Yee, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Program Director, Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism

Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology

Andrew Gianoukakis, M.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Endocrine and Thyroid Clinics
Department of Internal Medicine

Eli Ipp, M.D.
Head, Section of Diabetes and Metabolism
Department of Internal Medicine

Peter Liu, MD
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Department of Internal Medicine

Ronald S. Swerdloff, M.D.
Professor and Chief
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Department of Internal Medicine

Christina Wang, M.D.
Professor and Program Director
General Clinical Research Center (CTSI, UCLA)
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Department of Internal Medicine

Inquiries and resumes may be sent to:

Jennifer K. Yee, M.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Box 446
1000 West Carson Street
Torrance, California 90509-2910
Phone: (310) 222-8175
Fax: (310) 222-3887
E-mail: humcendocrine@labiomed.org