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Department of Internal Medicine

Department of Internal Medicine

Fellowship Program

Dear Applicant:

We are currently accepting applications for a position starting July 1, 2014. 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.  Licensed for 528 beds and 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.  UC Davis Medical Center is 98 percent self-supported through reimbursements for patient services.

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 as well as five outpatient clinics.  Outpatient clinics include the diabetes, thyroid, general endocrine, and fellows continuity clinics as well as rotations through risk reduction (lipid), nutrition, and pediatric endocrinology 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 and 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.

The Division of Endocrinology, Clinical Nutrition and Vascular Medicine is dynamic and evolving, developing a greater research program while maintaining strength in clinical endocrinology.  Major strengths of the division are research in nutrition, insulin resistance, lipoprotein disorders, vascular disease and polycystic ovary syndrome, with a growing interest in the study of metabolic bone disease.  The Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation has recently established an endowed chair at the UC Davis School of Medicine dedicated to supporting basic research in diabetes mellitus.  The long-term goals of the Richard A. and Nora Eccles Harrison Chair in Diabetes Research are to prevent the onset of diabetes mellitus and reduce the complications resulting from the disease.  This endowment creates an opportunity for UC Davis to assemble a team of researchers investigating the pathophysiological mechanisms causing diabetes and its complications, especially diabetic vasculopathy.

Additional information regarding the program can be obtained online. We request that all applications be complete by August 21, 2013.  Candidates with incomplete applications cannot be considered.  Every attempt will be made to schedule interviews between September 5, 2013 and November 12, 2013.  Provided is a checklist of items to ensure your complete application.

  • Completed Application form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • E.C.G.M.E. Verification of Status (if applicable)
  • National Board Certification (if applicable)
  • Specialty Board Certification (if applicable)
  • Dean's Letter of Recommendation (if applicable)
  • Character References (minimum of 3)
  • Photograph (optional)

We hope these comments provide you with a general background of the program.  We are also on the ERAS Program.

Sidika E. Karakas, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Chief
Director of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Fellowship Program

Addie Mueller
Fellowship Coordinator