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Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship

Program Director: Dr. Deborah Bursey

The Fellowship Program in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism is designed to provide intensive clinical and research training for physicians who are board-certified or board-eligible in Internal Medicine. The fellowship lasts two years and fulfills the requirements for certification in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine. A third year may be arranged for fellows with exceptional research skills.

The major aim of the program is to prepare physicians for careers in academic medicine by providing a firm grounding in the fundamentals of Endocrinology and Metabolism. Recognizing that career goals change, the program is flexible and highly responsive to the needs of the individual throughout the fellowship.

During each year of the program, all fellows undertake clinical and research training, the relative percentages of which vary depending on the fellow’s interest and abilities.

The program is established at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, a closely knit complex comprised of a hospital, an ambulatory care center, an eye institute, a cancer center, a center on aging and a number of unique research facilities. In addition, UAMS has affiliations with the Central Arkansas Veteran’s HealthCare System and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

To apply for fellowship training, please complete your application in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) found at the link below.
https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/fellowship_applicants/

Before we will offer you a position, we require the submission of three letters of recommendation from medical references, one of whom should be the director of your residency program. Please note, we give careful attention to letters of recommendation and personal statements. If your completed application is received by the deadline you will be considered for a personal interview. We participate in the National Residency Matching Program for Endocrinology. US graduates and Foreign medical graduates with US Internal Medicine training are welcome to apply. Our program accepts J1 and H1b visas. Appointments are generally made at least one year in advance. Stipends are determined by the number of years of training after the M.D. degree.

We very much appreciate your interest in our program and welcome your application. Please direct your correspondence to:

Linda Ray, Fellowship Coordinator
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 W. Markham St., #508
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: 501-526-6990 ext 8043
Fax: 501-686-6342

Email: laray@uams.edu

RESEARCH PROGRAMS

Facilities:  The Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism occupies approximately 20,000 square feet of modern laboratory and office space at the UAMS Arkansas Cancer Research Center (ACRC) and Central Arkansas Veteran’s HealthCare System (CAVHS).   A Generalized Clinical Research Center is located at the CAVHS. It is an NIH funded resource for investigator-initiated, human-based research serving the entire UAMS faculty including the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy, the VA Hospital, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The GCRC provides investigators with specialized research space, dedicated research nursing support, dietary consultation and metabolic kitchen, biostatistical support, informatics consultation, and specialized core laboratories.

The GCRC is dedicated to training new clinical investigators through courses, grants to fellows, post-doctoral students and junior faculty and GCRC rotations.

Training: The activities of the Division encompass both clinical and basic research and range widely from studies in molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry, to clinical trials. Research fields in which the Division has particular expertise are:

  • Bone and Mineral Metabolism
  • Diabetes
  • Lipid Metabolism

Course work in molecular biology and other disciplines relevant to the fellow’s Research can be arranged.

At present, the research activities of the Division are supported by several nationally funded grants (approximately $2 million per year). Major resources include:

  • Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Diseases
  • CAVHS Diabetes Firm
  • General Endocrine/Diabetes Clinics

Support is also provided by the Central Arkansas Veteran’s HealthCare System.

CLINICAL PROGRAMS

Clinical training includes both inpatients and outpatients and takes place in two hospitals for adults and one for children.

University Hospital

  • 400-bed adult hospital
  • The major secondary and tertiary referral center in the state of Arkansas AAA Arkansas
  • Endocrine clinics located in the Outpatient Center building
  • Strong presence of all divisions within the School of Medicine

Central Arkansas Veteran’s HealthCare System

  • 297 beds in the Little Rock division, 357 beds in the North Little Rock division
  • Primary care focus in diabetes
  • Designated referral center for VA facilities in Arkansas

Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH)

  • 260 beds
  • Child and adolescent care

An indoor footbridge connects UAMS and the Central Arkansas Veteran’s HealthCare System Hospital. ACH is two miles away. Concomitant research and clinical activities are easily carried out.

There are many half-day outpatient-teaching clinics:

  • CAVHS diabetes and general endocrine clinics
  • Three University Hospital Endocrine clinics
  • One UAMS osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases clinic
  • Two UAMS weight control clinics
  • UAMS thyroid clinic

Additional clinical training opportunities include:

  • Pediatric endocrine clinic at ACH
  • Reproductive endocrinology clinic experience
  • Division of Nuclear Medicine (Dept. of Radiology) on the nuclear medicine techniques

There is one endocrine inpatient consulting service that covers both University Hospital and CAVHS.

Training:  The goal of the clinical training program is to ensure clinical excellence in all areas of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism while permitting maximum flexibility for varying career goals. Fellows attend clinics and consulting service in each year of the program. The consulting team includes faculty, endocrine fellows, medicine residents, and senior medical students. For fellows wishing to concentrate on research or clinical work, clinical duties can be reduced or increased within the guidelines set for certification in Endocrinology and Metabolism.

The benefits and terms & conditions for appointment (employment) in Fellowship Training Program can be found at the link below:

Appointment/Employment Terms


Activities:  
In addition to research and teaching, members of the Division participate in inpatient, outpatient and consulting services.
The Division organizes:

  • Weekly research conferences (fellows participate in selection of topics and speakers)
  • Weekly clinical endocrine conferences (fellows and medical residents present)
  • Weekly clinical case presentations (for endocrine residents and students)

Clinical conferences in the department of Internal Medicine take place daily at both adult hospitals. Medical Grand Rounds occurs weekly.

Research seminars organized by Basic Science Departments are held two to three times every week.

Training:  The goal of the clinical training program is to ensure clinical excellence in all areas of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism while permitting maximum flexibility for varying career goals. Fellows attend clinics and consulting service in each year of the program. The consulting team includes faculty, endocrine fellows, medicine residents, and senior medical students. For fellows wishing to concentrate on research or clinical work, clinical duties can be reduced or increased within the guidelines set for certification in Endocrinology and Metabolism.

The benefits and terms & conditions for appointment (employment) in Fellowship Training Program can be found at the link below:

Appointment/Employment Terms


Activities: 
In addition to research and teaching, members of the Division participate in inpatient, outpatient and consulting services.
The Division organizes:

  • Weekly research conferences (fellows participate in selection of topics and speakers)
  • Weekly clinical endocrine conferences (fellows and medical residents present)
  • Weekly clinical case presentations (for endocrine residents and students)

Clinical conferences in the department of Internal Medicine take place daily at both adult hospitals. Medical Grand Rounds occurs weekly.

Research seminars organized by Basic Science Departments are held two to three times every week.