Endocrinology and Diabetes | Fellowship | Fellow’s Welcome
Pediatric Endocrinology Fellows
Welcome to our page, and thank you for taking the time to review the program!
Fellowship training between institutions varies greatly which can make choosing a program difficult and confusing, and those of us in fellowship certainly remember how daunting the selection process was. As such, I would like to provide you with some insight into the unique aspects of the program, using my personal experience as an inside look into what the training experience at Washington University in St. Louis entails.
One of the features of the program that initially caught my eye was that each fellow was assigned their own continuity clinic sessions beginning the first week of training. Developing personal continuity as an endocrine provider during training is invaluable, and allows fellows to cultivate meaningful and long-lasting relationships with patients, explore and manage endocrinopathies over the course of their natural history, and also fosters skills in autonomy towards eventual clinical independence. From the simple to the complex, the variety of personal and shared patient experiences has been rich. I so value the trust and confidence of my patients and their families in allowing me to take part of their medical care, and know that being recognized as their personal provider plays a great role in fostering such relationships.
Another unique aspect of the program is the interwoven collaboration with the adult endocrine division through weekly inter-disciplinary conference. This half-day of protected time is devoted to clinical inquiry and education, and also provides an opportunity to develop both working and friendly relationships with the adult endocrinology fellows. It is also a chance to obtain insight into aspects of endocrinology we may not otherwise be exposed to within pediatrics and provides an excellent resource for clinical insight and collaborative thinking. This long-standing relationship also allows for development of formal partnerships between the members of the two divisions. To this end, I have been able to engage in clinical research in the area of monogenic diabetes under multi-disciplinary mentorship including Dr. Bess Marshall, a senior pediatric endocrinology faculty member, Dr. Colin Nichols, a basic science researcher and innovator in the area of ß-cell physiology from the department of Cell Biology & Physiology, and Dr. Maria Remedi from the Department of Internal Medicine who has been successful in the area of islet cell biology and immunology. I have also been able to recruit young adult patients to my research study from within the adult endocrine division, and have collaborated with nationally recognized leaders in diabetes within the adult division to co-author a book chapter on genetic forms of diabetes – all as a result of seizing and fully engaging in present opportunities.
With leadership and co-members of The Endocrine Society Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology (FLARE) program.
In addition to local collaborations and involvement, are also supported when pursuing opportunities to expand beyond the walls of the hospital, and are afforded both protected time and a healthy annual stipend to do so. As such I and other fellows have attended and presented research at the regional and national levels, at annual meetings of the Pediatrics Endocrine Society, The Endocrine society and the American Diabetes Association. We also have the chance to engage in other off-campus events such as the local ADA sponsored diabetes camp and programming specific to endocrine fellows within national organizations. These experiences allow for a more rich and fulfilling fellowship experience, development of a professional network, and growth on both the personal and professional levels.
I hope that you have found this helpful and now have a somewhat better understanding of the program. Please feel free to contact myself or any of the other fellows with any questions you may have…we would love to hear from you!
Best wishes during this process, and we hope to see you in St. Louis!
Aurelia Wood, MD
Pediatric Endocrinology Fellow, 2015-2018