Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship

The Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program is a three-year program designed to prepare pediatricians for careers in academic and clinical pediatric endocrinology and diabetes. The first year of this program is dedicated to clinical training in pediatric endocrinology. The second and third years are focused on research training in either patient-oriented or basic laboratory research.

We have recently created a more clinical track for one fellow per year that allows for greater focus on clinical training in the second and third years that remains within the ABP and ACGME guidelines.  More information about this opportunity will be shared during the interview process.

Fellowship leadership

Bassil Kublaoui, MD, PhD
Program Director
Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes

Amanda Ackermann, MD, PhD
Associate Program Director
Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes

Diana Stanescu, MD
Associate Program Director
Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes

Lorraine Levitt Katz, MD
Director, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes NIH T32 Training Grant
Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes

Division chief

Diva D. De León-Crutchlow, MD, MSCE
Director, Congenital Hyperinsulinism Center
Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes

Specific information by years and/or rotations

First year

The first year is a period of intensive clinical training during which fellows dedicate most of their efforts to learning both outpatient and inpatient pediatric endocrinology, supervised by an attending physician from the division. The fellow is expected to become proficient in diagnosis and management of common endocrine disorders, as well as become familiar with the social and ethical aspects of care for these patients.

The first year fellow rotates among 4 blocks: Inpatient Diabetes & Endocrine Service, Endocrine Consult Service, Outpatient Endocrine & Diabetes Clinics, and an Elective Rotation, which includes exposure to sub-specialty clinics, sub-specialty consult services (Bone, Adrenal, and Diabetes), as well as academic time. In addition, the first year fellow will collaborate with an attending on a research project (usually clinical) with a goal of a presentation at one of the national meetings at the end of the first year.

The Inpatient Diabetes & Endocrine Service consists of patients admitted with primary endocrine disorders. A large percentage will have either diabetes mellitus or hypoglycemia due to hyperinsulinism, but other endocrine abnormalities are also seen. The fellow will work closely with both the attending physician and the other members of the Diabetes and Hyperinsulinism Teams (Educators, Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, and Dieticians). Along with leading daily rounds, the inpatient fellow is also involved with teaching residents and medical students at the bedside, during rounds, and in formal sessions.

The Endocrine Consult Service cares for children with a vast variety of endocrine disorders. With the attending physician's supervision, the fellow will work with other services on the wards, NICU, PICU, ER, and other hospital locations to work-up and manage possible endocrine problems. CHOP's role as a tertiary referral center ensures that fellows will be exposed to a high volume of common conditions as well as frequent encounters of rare and complex cases.

During the Outpatient Endocrine & Diabetes Clinic rotations, the fellow will rotate through various clinics to see patients with attending physicians in the division. This allows exposure to a broad range of diagnoses and management styles. For example, the fellow will have opportunities to participate in Thyroid Clinic, Cancer Survivorship Clinic, PCOS clinic, Lipid Clinic, Bone Health Clinic, Turner Syndrome Clinic, and Healthy Weight Clinic. There are also opportunities to arrange for participation in other clinics (at CHOP and HUP) that are of specific interest of the fellow.

Additionally during the first year, the fellow establishes a General Endocrine Continuity Clinic and a Diabetes Continuity Clinic with patients assigned from inpatient admissions as well as from referrals from the community. The fellow provides both consultative care as well as long-term management of general endocrine disorders and diabetes. All patients are seen in conjunction with a faculty member with direct supervisory care. Fellows typically have General Endocrine Continuity Clinic scheduled once per week and Diabetes Continuity Clinic scheduled once per month. In Diabetes Continuity Clinic, the fellow will also get to work with diabetes nurse practitioners, diabetes educators, dieticians, and social workers to provide the most optimal and well-rounded care to children and adolescents with diabetes.

Second and third year

The second and third years are devoted to clinical or basic research with a mentor chosen by the fellow, based on area of interest. During this time, the fellow is expected to gain experience in designing, conducting, and presenting hypothesis-driven research. The fellowship research project is expected to culminate in the submission of at least one manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal. The fellow has a wide choice of possible mentors at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania and will have access to the generous resources available at both CHOP and Penn as they conduct their research.

The fellow is required to attend and present his or her research at institutional, local, and national meetings. The research experience allows fellows to learn and gain experience in laboratory techniques, protocol development, data collection and analysis, and other skills related to their research area of interest. In addition, the fellow will have the experience of preparing applications for grant funding. 

For more formal education, fellows are also able to enroll in degree or non-degree programs in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) and the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITMAT) at the University of Pennsylvania. Degree-granting programs include the Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE), Masters of Science in Health Policy (MSHP), Masters of Science in Translatational Research (MSTR). Non-degree-granting programs include the Clinical Research Certificate Program; the Certificate Program in Translational, Entrepreneurial, or Regulatory Science; and the Certificate in Biomedical Informatics.

The senior fellows continue to participate in weekly continuity clinics, the weekend and weekday call schedule, and 1 week of inpatient experience per year, in order to further develop their clinical skills. In addition, the senior fellows are expected to attend several weekly divisional and institutional conferences.

Fellows on the clinical track will spend more time exploring their clinical interests during the second and third years than traditional fellows. Their research experience will be more focused and will comply with ABP and ACGME requirements. 

Continuity clinic

As mentioned above, throughout each year fellows participate in a weekly Academic Continuity Clinic. The fellow sees new and follow-up patients with various endocrine disorders with supervision by an attending physician. In addition to the fellow's general endocrine clinic, fellows participate in a monthly diabetes clinic where they join a multidisciplinary team including attendings, nurse practitioners, diabetes educators, social workers, and nutritionists treating diabetic patients. Fellows play an integral role in the year 1 Type 1 diabetes program and beyond!

Senior fellows also have a monthly subspecialty clinic, which provides an opportunity to work one-on-one with a chosen attending to fine-tune knowledge in a specific area within endocrinology over the course of 6 months. This allows for additional scheduled clinical time in the typically research-driven 2nd and 3rd years.

Teaching and administrative opportunities

The program requires that the senior fellows organize and administer the logistics of the other fellows. This includes the on-call schedule, time-off, time-away for conferences and emergency coverage. Fellows are encouraged to serve on a hospital-wide committee, in an area of interest, including quality improvement and technological advances.

The fellow's teaching experience includes frequent bedside teaching to the pediatric residents and conferences that include basic biomedical information about clinical problems. In addition, the fellow presents at the following conferences:

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia-University of Pennsylvania combined Endocrine Grand Rounds, which integrate basic biomedical knowledge and pediatric endocrine illness; each fellow presents once-twice yearly.
  • Division Journal Club: Fellow chooses and reviews, using evidence-based techniques, a recent journal article relevant to Endocrinology; each fellow presents once-twice yearly.
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference: based on recent cases encountered by our division; each first year fellow presents relevant cases and leads the discussion once yearly.
  • Evidence-Based Medicine Review: second and third year fellows choose topics and present jointly to the entire division once yearly.
  • Fellow Case Conference: Each week before academic clinic, fellows bring challenging cases to discuss with attendings and other fellows. This is an opportunity to get management advice on their toughest patients as well as learn from other fellows’ cases.
  • Research Conference: at the end of fellowship, third year fellows present their research projects to the division.

Additional conferences include opportunities for senior fellows to present at lectures for other divisions, CHOP morning report, and outside hospitals.

Additional Division Education: Every Friday there is either a division-wide clinical case conference, or faculty research presentations, after journal club. These conferences are not fellow-driven.

  • The clinical case conference is an informal opportunity for any provider to present a challenging clinical case (inpatient, outpatient, or consults) to the group to get everyone’s input.
  • The faculty research presentations provide a venue for fellows and faculty to learn about the breadth of research that is being conducted within the division, as well as to discuss works-in-progress and promote collaborative research efforts. 

Education and meetings

In addition to the conferences listed above, there are many educational opportunities at CHOP and Penn that fellows attend. These include the CHOP weekly Grand Rounds and the Institute of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism (IDOM) weekly seminar featuring cutting-edge basic and clinical research. Within CHOP and Penn, there are various conferences, retreats, and symposia where fellows can attend or present posters and talks.

Fellows have the opportunity to enroll in degree or non-degree coursework at the University of Pennsylvania.  A Certificate Program in Clinical Research offered by the CCEB, involving research design, biostatistics, and ethics is available. Masters programs in Clinical Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Policy Research, Translational Research, and Medical Education are offered through the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.

Fellows are expected to attend at least one national meeting per year.  Our fellows have presented at meetings of the Pediatric Endocrine Society, the Endocrine Society, and the American Diabetes Association, and the American Thyroid Association, among others.

Through the division’s curriculum, fellows receive training and feedback on how to give successful clinical and research presentations.

Past fellows and their current positions

Alumni of the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia transitioned to diverse career paths and leadership positions.

  • 2000 — Robert J. Ferry, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center
  • 2001 — Andrea Kelly, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2002 — Diva De León-Crutchlow, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; Chief, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • 2003 — Weizhen Xu, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, St. Peter’s University
  • 2004 — Maria J. Henwood-Finley, DO, Clinical Associate Professor, East Carolina University
  • 2004 — Sheela N. Magge, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • 2005 — Roy J. Kim, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Head, Center for Pediatric Endocrinology, Cleveland Clinic
  • 2005 — Shannon H. Fourtner, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • 2005 — Francis M. Hoe, MD, Associate Physician, Kaiser Permanente
  • 2006 — J. Nina Ham, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • 2006 — Olga T. Gupta, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • 2006 — Malaka Jackson, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, University of South Carolina
  • 2007 — Vaneeta Bamba, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2007 — Sogol Mostoufi-Moab, MD, MSCE, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2007 — Preneet C. Brar, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, NYU School of Medicine
  • 2008 — Jennifer A. Sutter, MD, Clinical Associate Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Eastern Carolina University
  • 2008 — Chirag Kapadia, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • 2008 — Sara E. Pinney, MD, MSTR, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2009 — Andrew Palladino, MD, Clinical Director, Endocrine Therapeutics, Pfizer
  • 2009 — Rachana Shah, MD, MSTR, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2008 — Dorit Koren, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Director, Pediatric Diabetes Center, Mass General Hospital for Children
  • 2010 — Alisa Schiffman, DO, Attending Physician, Jefferson University Medical College; Medical Scientist, Novo Nordisk, Inc.
  • 2010 — Melinda Penn, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • 2010 — YeouChing Hsu, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
  • 2011 — Jill Brodsky, MD, Attending Physician, Mount Kisco Medical Group
  • 2011 — Andrew Calabria, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2012 — Pamela Abrams, MD, Attending Physician, St. Luke’s Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • 2012 — Jennifer Danzig, MD, Attending Physician, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • 2013 — David Weber, MD, MSCE, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • 2013 — Katherine Lord, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2013 — Diana Stanescu, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2013 — Jeffrey Roizen, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2014 — Anthony Gannon, MD, MSCE, Attending Physician, Nemours/Cooper University; Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children
  • 2015 — Jennifer Kelley, MD, MSCE, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • 2015 — Christine Ferrara-Cook, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of California at San Francisco; Director of Clinical Development, Rezolute, Inc.
  • 2015 — Stacy Rustico, MD, Attending Physician, Naval Medical Center of San Diego
  • 2015 — Colin Hawkes, MD, MEd, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2016 — Amanda Ackermann, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2016 — Chris Gibson, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2016 — Jacquelyn Hatch-Stein, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2016 — Sani Roy, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cook Children’s Hospital
  • 2017 — Patrick Hanley, MD, Attending Physician, Nemours/Cooper University; Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children
  • 2017 — V. Sanoe Harrison, MD, Physician at Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
  • 2017 — Juan Lado, MD, MSHP, Attending Physician, Health System Clinician of Pediatrics (Endocrinology), Northwestern University Feinberg School
  • 2017 — Megan Oberle, MD, MSHP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
  • 2018 — Karla Leavens, MD, PhD, Instructor of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • 2018 — Stephanie Samuels, MD, Instructor of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • 2018 — Mary Ellen Vajravelu, MD, MSHP, Instructor of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

How to apply

For US citizens or permanent residents, the three-year fellowship seeks physicians who will have completed three years of training in an accredited residency program in order to sit for the American Board of Pediatrics certifying examination.  J-1 and H-1 visa applicants who have completed three years of training in an accredited residency program are encouraged to apply for the clinical track as funding for research is limited under those visa categories. Please visit ERAS for an application and information about our program.

The following information should be uploaded into the ERAS program:

  1. Completed on-line application
  2. Current photograph (released only after interview is offered)
  3. Personal statement
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Dean's letter (MSPE)
  6. Medical school transcript
  7. Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE, taken within the 7-year time frame as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or equivalent scores
  8. If a graduate of a medical school outside the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico, valid ECFMG certificate or one that does not expire prior to the start of the fellowship

We will consider fellowship applications from uniquely qualified persons who are not US citizens or permanent residents, but in general we are not able to accept more than one such applicant because they do not qualify for salary support on our training grants.

The fellowship directors review completed applications. Selected candidates will then be invited to interview.

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)

Our fellowship program participates in the NRMP. You may contact the NRMP at 202-828-0676.

Tobacco-free hiring policy

To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators, and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Contact

To learn more, contact Wanetta Upshaw, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Coordinator, at 267-426-3904 (phone), 215-590-3053 (fax), or by email at upshaw@email.chop.edu