Overview – Year One
    Phoenix VA Inpatient Consult Service 6 months
    Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix Inpatient Consult Service 3 months
    Phoenix Children's Hospital, Pediatric Endocrinology 1 month
    Barrow Neurological Institute, Neuroendocrinology 1 month
    General Office Endocrinology 1 month
    *Continuity Clinic 2-3 days a week
    Outpatient Clinic (Rotating Hospitals) Endocrine Testing Clinic  
    DEXA, Insulin Pump, CGM Training  
    Endocrine Testing Clinic  
    Overview – Year Two
    Endocrine Research 9 months
    Electives – Reproductive Endocrinology, Advanced Thyroid and Parathyroid Disease, Bariatric Surgery, Office Endocrinology 3 months
    Continuity Clinic 2 days a week
    Endocrine Testing Clinic  
    *Thyroid Ultrasound Training  
    *Fine Needle Aspiration of Thyroid and Parathyroid Lesions  
    DEXA, Insulin Pump, CGM Training  

    VA Continuity Clinic

    The *Continuity Clinic provides exposure to common endocrine diseases seen in the U.S. veteran outpatient population. The fellows have progressive responsibility; such that, by the time they are in their second year, they are expected to have enough proficiency to practice without direct supervision.

    There are six clinics held weekly at the VA as follows:

    Fellows have two to three VA continuity clinics (depending on the month) as a first-year fellow and two continuity clinics as a second-year fellow. The Friday morning Bone and Thyroid clinic is attended only by first-year fellows. Second-year fellows will attend the Bone and Thyroid clinic to perform thyroid ultrasounds and fine needle aspirations on patients being seen in the clinic. They will also be assigned every other Thursday afternoon for additional thyroid biopsies.

    The first year emphasizes the basic skills necessary for the practice of general endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism on rotations such as the VA consult service, office endocrinology, pediatric endocrinology.

    The second year provides exposure to more advanced skills and more specialized training in the fields of reproductive endocrinology, neurosurgery, as well as clinical and basic science research. By structuring the rotations for a certain level of trainee, we can provide progressive addition of responsibility and training in specific skills.

    Procedures

    *Training in Thyroid Ultrasound and Fine Needle Aspirates – Fellows will obtain competence in performing and interpreting thyroid ultrasound and thyroid fine needle aspirations (FNA). Procedures will be taught and supervised by faculty in the outpatient setting. The program director will determine on the basis of faculty input and analysis of logbook entries when the trainee has achieved proficiency.