Endocrinology & Diabetes Fellowship Director's Message
The following is a summary describing the major features of the fellowship program.
The program is two years in length and emphasizes clinical endocrinology and research training. Our clinical facilities are based in the major teaching hospital of the university, UC Davis Medical Center. UC Davis Medical Center is located on 140 acres in central Sacramento, three miles from the state Capitol and 20 miles from the main UC Davis campus. The University established the medical center in 1973 to support the clinical and research missions of the UC Davis School of Medicine. Fully accredited, UC Davis Medical Center is the leading tertiary care referral center for 33 counties with nearly 5 million residents. The hospital is home to the regions only level 1 trauma center and comprehensive adult and pediatric emergency department.
The fellows' principal clinical duties are related to the consultative and clinical activities of the endocrine division. These involve on average 10 to 15 consultations per week in the inpatient settings (UC Davis or Mather VAMC) and outpatient clinics. The outpatient clinic experiences include the diabetes, thyroid, general endocrine, gestational diabetes, pediatric endocrine, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and fellow’s continuity clinics. Additional clinic opportunities are available to rotate through risk reduction (lipid), nutrition, and fertility clinics. Rotating medical residents and fourth-year medical students participate in these functions under the supervision of the endocrine fellow and members of the endocrine division faculty. Consultative rounds with faculty members are held three or more times per week and at least one teaching conference in endocrinology is scheduled weekly. The program provides clinical exposure to a wide variety of acute as well as chronic endocrine problems and offers an opportunity for fellows to participate actively in diagnosis and management.
The endocrine fellow is also scheduled for dedicated research time, during which it is anticipated that the fellow will participate in basic or clinical research in the general field of endocrinology or metabolism. Research opportunities are available within the division as well as with other investigators within the School of Medicine and at the UC Davis campus. The fellow will be encouraged to seek grant support and we anticipate that the results of these research activities will be published. UC Davis is one of twelve institutions that received the Clinical and Translational Science Center award from the National Institute of Health. This center provides theoretical and practical research training to the endocrine fellows.
We hope these comments provide you with a general background of the program. We participate in the ERAS Program.
Sidika E. Karakas, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Chief
Director of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism