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Endocrinology Fellowship Overview

The endocrinology fellowship program at Palmetto Health Richland is affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. The accredited two-year program has three fellows. All applicants should be board eligible in internal medicine. This fellowship program prepares the physician to be competent in endocrinology and to function as a consultant.

Most of the clinical instruction is done at Palmetto Health Richland and the Dorn VA Medical Center, which both provide state-of-the-art facilities that serve diverse medical and surgical specialties. Four, full-time faculty members who supervise a large referral practice instruct fellows. The majority of clinical instruction occurs in the outpatient setting, reflecting the major venue of health care delivery within the endocrine subspecialty.

Fellows participate in a weekly endocrine/diabetes clinic at the Dorn VA Medical Center and a daily referral clinic at the Department of Medicine offices adjacent to Palmetto Health Richland. Fellows see typical and atypical endocrine problems at both institutions and are instructed in performing thyroid ultrasound, ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration of the thyroid and bone density measurement.

Conferences include a weekly clinical endocrine and basic science conference, a monthly research conference and a monthly journal club. The journal club reviews current articles related to endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. The fellow is responsible for literature reviews on assigned topics relating to current clinical problems for presentation at the weekly clinical conferences and for supervision of students and residents rotating in the endocrine service.

The division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism provides outstanding opportunities for basic and clinical research. Faculty members within the division have research programs in male reproductive endocrinology and diabetes. An established endocrine research laboratory offers training in molecular and cellular biology. Each fellow is expected to present research results at a national meeting and publish original investigations in a referred journal.