Medical Student Elective
PEDS-265C. ENDOCRINE DISORDERS IN CHILDREN. Students attend in the Pediatric Endocrine, Diabetes, and Insulin Resistance/Obesity Clinics and assume active roles in the evaluation and management of in-patients admitted to the Endocrine Service. Emphasis is placed upon the evaluation of growth and sexual development as indices of endocrine status during childhood. Students also participate in a monthly endocrine journal club and in weekly intra- and interdepartmental endocrine clinical and research conferences. Students will make a presentation to the endocrine group at the end of the rotation.
Pediatric residents (second and third year) taking the Pediatric Endocrinology elective, like subspecialty residents (fellows), attend in the endocrine and diabetes outpatient clinics and on the Pediatric wards and perform consultations on patients with endocrine and metabolic disease and diabetes mellitus. Residents may be asked to deliver informal or formal lectures on ward teaching rounds or in various conferences, and in special cases may participate in a clinical research project. The resident will make a presentation to the endocrine group at the end of the rotation.
The overall objectives of the Duke pediatric endocrine training program are to:
- Ensure that each trainee is provided the background and experience necessary to diagnose and manage the panoply of childhood hormonal and metabolic disorders that constitute the field of pediatric endocrinology;
- Ensure that each trainee develops expertise in fundamental techniques of modern molecular and cellular endocrinology;
- Provide each fellow the opportunity to explore a research project in depth and to present the results of that research in oral and written form; and
- Inculcate a refined professionalism that enables the fellow to communicate effectively and sympathetically with patients, their families and other health care providers, to respect confidentiality, and to avoid conflicts of interest.