Endocrinology Fellowship Program

The endocrinology fellowship program at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine provides comprehensive patient care services, education and research experience within the spectrum of the endocrine system, diabetes and metabolism.

Our division provides inpatient and outpatient consultation services to a diverse patient population with a wide range of endocrine disorders at the SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and VA Saint Louis Health Care System.

The ambulatory care service is enhanced by an active thyroid ultrasound and biopsy clinic coordinated with onsite cytopathology, as well as a busy diabetes clinic with exposure to the latest technologies in diabetic care.

The inpatient consultation service responds to daily requests ranging from diabetes management to complex endocrine and metabolic disorders. The endocrine division coordinates care with tertiary referrals services including otolaryngology, neurosurgery and oncology among other specialties.

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Training and Didactic Teaching

The division offers two clinical fellowship training positions each academic year. In addition to daily teaching rounds and supervised outpatient clinics, the curriculum for these two-year fellowships include regularly scheduled weekly Endocrinology Grand Rounds, weekly case presentations, monthly bone densitometry practicums, monthly evidence-based medicine conferences, monthly Journal Clubs, monthly joint adult/pediatric endocrinology conferences, and monthly quality improvement conferences. A one-month rotation in pediatric endocrinology and a one-month rotation in reproductive endocrinology/high-risk obstetrics are assigned during Year 1 and Year 2 respectively.

The endocrinology core curriculum is delivered as a 16-week lecture series at the beginning of each academic year and supplemented with daily didactic lectures. Endocrinology faculty and fellows participate in the general internal medicine training program at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and the VA St. Louis Health Care System. The division contributes to medical education in the community through Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, invited symposium, diabetes and endocrinology symposia.

Endrocrinology Core Curriculum 2017

SLU Consult Hospital Rotation: Weekly Schedule 2017-18

Veterans Administration Medical Center Rotation: Weekly Schedule 2017-18

Research

Ongoing research includes investigations in molecular mechanisms of glucose metabolism, diabetes-associated oxidative stress, molecular and clinical actions of thyroid hormone, testosterone, and neuropeptides, and studies on obesity and nutrition. Fellows receive hands-on experience in state of the art laboratory techniques, thyroid ultrasound and fine needle aspiration biopsy, bone densitometry analysis, and insulin infusions pump management. They present their work at national conferences and through publications in clinical and basic scientific journals.

  Clinic Faculty
 
Monday a.m. Research  Sandeep Dhindsa, M.D.
Monday p.m. General  Endocrinology Clinic  DOB faculty
     
Tuesday a.m.  Research  Sandeep Dhindsa, M.D.
Tuesday p.m. General  Endocrinology Clinic Dana Hellebusch, NP
     
Wednesday a.m. Endocrine Conference   
Wednesday p.m.  Fellows' DOB Continuity Clinic
Second-year fellows alternate thyroid bx US at DOB
 Stewart Albert, M.D., Deepashree Gupta, M.D., Alexis McKee, M.D., Alan Silverberg, M.D.
     
Thursday a.m.  General  Endocrinology Clinic  DOB faculty
Thursday p.m.   General  Endocrinology Clinic  DOB faculty
     
Friday a.m. Research  Sandeep Dhindsa, M.D.
Friday p.m.  First-year fellows alternate in thyroid US/FNA  Alan Silverberg, M.D., Deepashree Gupta, M.D.

Fellows assigned to research will have a weekly meeting with the division director regarding updates on research and quality improvement projects. Fellows with active research projects may be granted additional research time outside of assigned clinics; this is at the discretion of the program director and division director.

Visiting Residents

Rotating Residents from Outside Institutions

Rotators are expected to attend scheduled conferences and be present in both an outpatient clinic and inpatient hospital setting on a daily basis. Rotators are responsible for their parking and meal fees. This is not a salaried rotation. 

Sponsoring institutions must contact our program coordinator via email 60 days before the requested rotation is required. (If the requested rotation is not available, a mutually agreed upon request will be considered.) In addition:

  • Rotators must hold a current Missouri license (no exceptions).
  • All rotations requested must be at a four-week interval, no exceptions.
  • Upon approval by our program director, our program coordinator will send the required documents to the sponsoring institution's coordinator via email for completion.
  • Upon completion, sponsoring institution will return three original completed signed documents and required attachments to the address listed on the form.

Any resident rotating will be required to complete the following, unless they are a SLU employee:

  • Epic training (Usually one full day on-site and an online module.)
  • Obtain a SLU ID

You will not be able to complete a rotation at Saint Louis University until all requirements are met and approval has been authorized.