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Curriculum

Fellowship Curriculum

The professional and educational goals of the endocrinology fellowship at the University of New Mexico are based on:

 

  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) six competencies
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) blueprint for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Association of Program Directors in Endocrinology (APDEM) curriculum
  • Competencies in thyroid ultrasound/fine needle aspiration, continuous subcutaneous insulin infusions (insulin pump management), continuous glucose monitoring and bone mineral density interpretations

Fellows achieve these goals through the following:

Patient Care

Clinical practice includes inpatient consultation and outpatient clinics. Clinical and hospital experience involves:

  • Gathering data
  • Interpretation of normal and abnormal findings
  • Laboratory interpretation
  • Nuclear Medicine imaging and therapies
  • Radiological imaging
  • Stimulation and suppression testing

Fellows gain competency through clinical experience, educational series and in-services in the following procedures:

  • Ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules
  • Insulin pump management and continuous glucose monitoring interpretation
  • Interpretation of bone mineral density (DEXA), adrenal imaging, and MRI sella/pituitary

Fellows obtain a detailed understanding of current costs of diagnosis and therapy of endocrinopathies.

Medical Knowledge

As part of their endocrinology program, fellows will:

  • Develop textbook familiarity with normal and abnormal pathophysiology in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.
  • Participate in testing and imaging in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Gain hands-on experience with normal and abnormal clinical endocrinology.
  • Teach normal and abnormal pathophysiology to medical students and residents.
  • Receive education on basic research design and statistics and understand medical literature.

Scholarly Activities

Scholarly activities can include:

  • Participation in a clinical research or quality improvement project with mentor guidance.
  • Presenting a 10-15-minute research or case report or poster at a regional/national meeting.
  • Writing a case report or review article.
  • Writing a research manuscript.
  • Writing an abstract.

Required Texts

Fellows should use:

  • Greenspan Endocrinology or Williams Textbook of Endocrinology available at the UNM Health Sciences Library
  • Endotext
  • UpToDate
  • Clinical practice guidelines (available electronically) through the Endocrine Society, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American Diabetes Association and American Thyroid Association

Clinical Objectives

Clinical goals of the fellowship are:

  • To become familiar with the most common clinical endocrinopathies, evaluation and management.
  • To become familiar with the endocrine clinical emergencies, evaluation and management.
  • To become familiar with the current medical literature and its interpretation related to clinical endocrinology.
  • To develop a collegiality with endocrine faculty, colleagues and staff relative to carrying out patient care responsibilities.
  • To develop interdisciplinary relationships with the disciplines interacting with endocrinologists on a routine basis.

Components of Familiarity

Fellows should have understanding of:

  • Pathophysiology
  • Natural history
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Longitudinal clinical, laboratory and radiologic evaluation
  • Questions and issues that need to be resolved
  • Access to appropriate text and serial literature and understanding of interpretations of the literature

 

The Division of Endocrinology

Division Chief

David Schade, MD 

Division of Endocrinology

Department of Internal Medicine

MSC10-5550

1 University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 505-272-4657

Email: dschade@salud.unm.edu

Fellowship Director

Christina Lovato, M.D.

Phone: 505-272-4658

Email: clovato@salud.unm.edu