The goal of the Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes training program is to prepare trainees for careers as independent practicing pediatric endocrinologists. Training takes place at the main campus of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The inpatient pediatric facility is located in the Kravis Children's Hospital and the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology has its own dedicated office space where outpatients are seen five days per week. Patients with a broad range of underlying endocrine disorders, from the diverse Tristate area and beyond, are seen in our division. The fellowship is three years, with the first year focusing on clinical care and the second and third years devoted mostly to scholarly activities. Throughout the three years, fellows have twice weekly half-day continuity clinic sessions. Mentoring for research projects begins in the first year and fellows are encouraged to pursue clinical or basic research opportunities based on their fellowship and career goals. Research is presented in national and international conferences and in peer-reviewed publications. Fellows are required to attend and participate in regularly scheduled conferences, including diabetes team rounds, neuroradiology rounds, genetics rounds, endocrine tumor board, journal club, Pediatric Grand Rounds, Endocrinology Grand Rounds, Diabetes Grand Rounds, and the Annual Mount Sinai Pediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes Symposium.
It is the mission of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes of Icahn School of Medicine to train this specialty's future leaders in clinical care, clinical research, and laboratory investigation.
ACGME-Certified Fellowships in Pediatric Endocrinology
The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes is composed of two pathways. Each pathway has a faculty and a clinical service with discrete groups of patients. Though both clinical services practice general pediatric endocrinology, each has a distinct clinical and academic focus. Each pathway recruits one of the two first-year fellows. The pathways are:
- Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
coordinated by Robert Rapaport, M.D.
- Endocrine Genetics and Adrenal Steroid Disorders
coordinated by Maria I. New, M.D.
The Division's fellowship educational experience is integrated so that our trainees benefit from exposure to all faculty members' areas of expertise and both pathways' patient populations. Invited applicants will be interviewed by Dr. Rapaport and Dr. New and have the opportunity to meet with Division faculty and current fellows.
The first year is designed to provide a robust clinical experience in Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes. The two first-year fellows alternate between the two pathways and become integrated into each group's academic activities, research activities, specialized clinics, and Faculty Practice sessions. The fellows share in Division on-call responsibilities, cover both services' patients, and participate in both services' post-clinic teaching, patient management, and journal club sessions. In the first year, each fellow must complete two mini research projects, one within each of the Division's two pathways. A Medicine-Pediatrics Endocrinology fellow will spend an additional first year in the Division of Endocrinology of the Department of Medicine.
Second and Third Years
By the end of their first or beginning of their second year, each fellow will have chosen a specific project and a mentor with whom the fellow will do ACGME-required research. This research can be either clinic or laboratory based. During their second and third years, all fellows will continue to share in the Division's on-call schedules and attend both pathways' specialty clinics and teaching sessions.
This fellowship experience provides trainees with an individualized research experience tailored to his or her strengths and career objectives and the comprehensive clinical background in Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes necessary to become board certified pediatric endocrinologists. Depending upon the research experience chosen, a fellow can prepare for a career in academic research as a competitive, grant-funded, independent researcher.
Robert Rapaport, MD