The West Virginia University School of Medicine announced recently that accreditation was granted for a new fellowship program in endocrinology and metabolism, one of only two such fellowships in the state. Recruitment for the position starts in fall 2017.

The fellowship is a two-year program that accepts one fellow per year. Fellows get the opportunity to rotate with other specialties over the course of their fellowship period including endocrine surgeons, neurosurgeons, nuclear medicine, radiology, reproductive endocrinology, pediatric endocrine, bariatric medicine, metabolic bone clinic, and women's health.

“This fellowship is an important addition to our graduate medical education (GME) program offerings,” said Norman Ferrari, M.D., vice dean for medical education and academic affairs and chair of medical education. “Our state population has a high incidence of diabetes, and this will help us train a larger workforce to help our patients and advance the discovery of knowledge.”

The endocrinology and metabolism fellowship program offers one of the best training opportunities in the full range of endocrine disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders, thyroid cancer and calcium. Fellows are also exposed to all facets of the broad spectrum of bone metabolic disorders such as parathyroid problems, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, pituitary diseases and tumors, adrenal disorders, gonadal disorders, transgender care, and others.

The program has currently four board-certified endocrinologists on staff, a diabetologist board-certified in internal medicine, two nurse practitioners, an in-house diabetes educator, and a nurse dedicated to thyroid cancer care.

ACGME is a private, non-profit organization that evaluates and accredits graduate medical education (GME) programs. Specialized training in residency programs takes place over a multi-year period, depending on the program. Residency is the final phase of a long educational process, required for a physician to practice medicine, and is most influential in determining where a physician eventually practices.

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