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Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York

The fellowship training program in pediatric endocrinology at the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York (formerly Schneider Children’s Hospital) has been in existence for several decades and has trained numerous pediatric endocrinologists who are presently in practice or in academic positions. This is a three year program certified by the ACGME (Program #3263521044) leading to board-eligibility for the Sub-Board Committee of the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatric Endocrinology. The program combines a broad inpatient and outpatient clinical experience in childhood disorders of endocrinology, as well as opportunities for both clinical and laboratory research. Some of the types of diseases the fellow encounters include: growth failure, precocious and delayed puberty, diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, disorders of electrolyte and fluid balance, pituitary disease, bone and mineral disorders, adrenal disease, parathyroid disease, endocrine consequences of genetic disorders such as Turner's syndrome, Klinefelter's syndrome, and neurofibromatosis, and endocrine complications of childhood cancer. The fellow’s first 12 months are chiefly clinical. All inpatient and outpatient encounters are supervised closely by our staff of 6 full-time board-certified pediatric endocrinologists. Fellows in turn learn to play an active role in resident and intern education.

The fellows' research program, usually pursued in the second and third years of the three year fellowship, has included projects involving clinical trials, animal experimentation, hormone immunoassays, and molecular genetics. Fellows need not have prior experience in lab bench work to acquire these skills. They will receive instruction in commonly utilized lab tools as they apply to a particular endocrinology research project. The American Sub-Board of Pediatric Endocrinology requires that fellows complete a research project resulting in at least one first authored progress report or publication in order to be eligible to take the specialty Sub-Board Examination.

Fellows are regularly called upon to present clinical cases, reviews of recent articles in the literature, and research-in-progress at regular intervals in rounds and conferences. Fellows also attend one or more annual meetings of medical subspecialty societies pertinent to their fellowship training in endocrinology. They also are expected to attend all regularly scheduled pediatric department didactic lectures, and have a special annual 12 week Fellows' Seminar directed at reading the literature, statistics, introduction to molecular biology, and organizing a presentation or writing a paper. Twice yearly fellows' evaluations are prepared by the program director and staff.

The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center is a 154 bed tertiary hospital located in suburban Queens. The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System encompasses 15 hospitals covering Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Fellows do not rotate through the all network hospitals). Reasonable housing is accessible in the surrounding communities. Excellent public schools and other resources are available to families.
For more information or to request an application contact the Program Director, Phyllis Speiser, MD via email at pspeiser@lij.edu.

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