Fellowship training in Pediatric Endocrinology is fundamental to a successful career for clinicians, scientists and educators devoted to taking care of children with conditions that are amenable to treatment by hormone replacement.
The Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University is supported by the extensive network of VCU and VCU Health System in providing this learning experience to those with a passion for pediatric endocrinology via their ACGME accredited fellowship program.
The Children’s Hospital of Richmond is centrally located in Virginia and provides care to children who come from a wide geographic area that stretches from Northern Virginia to the borders of North Carolina and extends across from east of Charlottesville to the Hampton area by the beach.
Our fellows train in a busy urban tertiary pediatric center that cares for children with most complex healthcare needs both in the inpatient and outpatient setting serving approximately 8000 visits a year. Our program has continued to provide a highly individualized and flexible learning experience that caters to a learner’s specific interests since its initial inception in 2010. In addition to the traditional clinician-scientist track, we offer a public health track that allows a fellow to pursue a degree in public health and epidemiology, an educator track that offers the option to pursue Teaching in Medical Education, a certificate program led by nationally accomplished VCU faculty in education as well as a combined Medicine-Pediatrics training track.
Fellows attain clinical proficiency via a dedicated inpatient pediatric endocrine service, the fellow continuity clinics as well as interdisciplinary clinics for gender management, , cystic fibrosis-related diabetes, congenital adrenal hyperplasia and differences of sex development, Turner syndrome, thyroid cancer and weight management including bariatric surgery.
Fellows participate in a variety of didactics to ensure exposure to academic debate, evidence-based medicine, research principles and quality improvement. To name a few, these include dedicated small group discussions among pediatric endocrine faculty and fellows via core didactics, case conferences, board review topics, pediatric procedural skills, journal clubs. Further, larger group didactics occur via a formal core pediatric fellowship didactic series, pediatric grand rounds and adult grand rounds.
Fellows pursue scholarly activity in their area of interest (discovery, application, integration and/ or teaching) with the guidance of a primary mentor and scholarship oversight committee. These activities are backed by the research resources in the Department of Pediatrics and the university’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research that received a $20 million Center for Translational Research Award from the National Institutes of Health in 2011 and 2018. Fellows are strongly encouraged to present at regional and national level meetings.
For interested applicants, kindly submit all your inquiries to the contact information below.
Anshu Gupta, MD