Message from the Temple Endocrinology Fellowship Program Director
On behalf of the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at Temple University Hospital, I would like to thank you for your interest in our Fellowship Program. We are confident that our program will provide you with superb training, whether your aim is to go into a clinical practice or to become a faculty member at an academic institution. We take pride in our highly structured educational environment. In addition to extensive “bedside” teaching, we host a number of regular educational conferences including weekly journal club, clinical case conference, endocrine grand rounds, medicine grand rounds, and a core curriculum lecture series. We also have monthly multidisciplinary Thyroid & Parathyroid as well as Pituitary conferences. Seminars provide fellows further exposure to insulin pump management, CGM interpretation, DEXA interpretation and in depth review of modules from the Endocrine Society Fellows Training Series and in depth board-like question review.
The Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University has enjoyed progressive growth over the past several years with addition of faculty and clinic locations. The spectrum of academic faculty ranges from nationally and internationally recognized senior faculty to dynamic junior faculty; several physician scientists are active in both basic and clinical research in addition to the strong emphasis on clinical medicine. Our program has benefited from this growth; there are 15 faculty members who teach our endocrine fellows at our main campus, outlying clinics, and affiliated sites. Faculty areas of expertise cover a wide spectrum, including general endocrinology, diabetes, lipids, obesity and metabolic bone disorders. Education of fellows, along with residents and students, is a priority for us. Several members of the faculty have received distinguished teaching awards. Our faculty prides itself in being friendly, approachable, and committed to education, patient care, and research.
Fellows are actively involved in the inpatient endocrine consult service at Temple University Hospital on the main Health Science Campus and at Temple University Hospital - Jeanes Campus allowing them to experience inpatient consultative care at both a large academic medical center and a smaller community hospital site. Fellows see their own patients in two half-day continuity clinics per week - one devoted to diabetes and one to general endocrinology - in addition to sub-subspecialty exposure in faculty clinics. Fellows follow their own panel of patients throughout their training, a responsibility that enhances their clinical experience. Several of our faculty members have clinics devoted to performing thyroid ultrasound and US-guided thyroid FNA providing a great learning environment for our fellows. We have many patients on insulin pump and CGM therapy and we do frequent CGMS studies in our clinic. There is significant exposure to DEXA studies with faculty who are certified in reading these studies.
In addition to attending the inpatient consult services and outpatient endocrinology clinics on the Health Science Campus, fellows also participate in faculty clinics in Center City and suburban locations. Additional affiliated locations include Fox Chase Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as a Reproductive Endocrinology site. Rotations on the Health Science Campus include Nuclear Medicine and Gestational Diabetes clinics. Fellows work in clinic with the Temple Diabetes Education Program that is staffed by experienced Diabetes Educators and Nutritionists.
The Temple University Hospital endocrinology fellowship offers diverse opportunities for scholarly activity and research. Several of our faculty members are highly regarded researchers with track records of quality research, funding and publications. Our fellows consistently present their work at national meetings of the Endocrine Society, AACE, ADA and ATA as well as the local Philadelphia Endocrine Society and Temple’s own trainee research symposium. Though our fellowship program has a clinical emphasis, we provide our fellows with a research mentor and they regularly participate in quality improvement and research projects.
We feel that our fellowship program prepares our graduates for career success. Over the years, our fellowship graduates have chosen both academic and clinical practice positions. We are extremely proud of the proficiency of our fellowship program graduates, as demonstrated by their excellent ABIM Endocrinology board scores as well as the successful careers they have built for themselves.
Again, we appreciate your interest.
Imali Sirisena, MD
Associate Professor, Clinical Medicine
Program Director, Endocrinology Fellowship Program