Clinical Experiences - Year 1

Our first year curriculum is identical for both tracks, and focuses primarily on outpatient general endocrinology clinics at our different hospital sites, as well as inpatient endocrine consults.

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The first year training provides a solid basis of general endocrinology and prepares our fellows for subspecialty training during their 2nd (and 3rd) years of their fellowship.

Inpatient Consults

6 months per year

The University of Washington has three teaching hospitals as part of our training program. Each has a unique patient population, and provides different educational experiences. During the first year of fellowship training, each fellow will spend approximately 6 months doing inpatient consults. We have excellent teaching attendings who enjoy working closely with our trainees. There are also opportunities for medical student and resident teaching for those trainees with a strong interest in education. During in-patient rotations, trainees only have clinic 2 half days per week.

Continuity Clinics

2 half-days per week

Fellows will follow patients at several different continuity clinics during their training, including the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.  Each clinic provides a unique clinical experience and serves to give our trainees exposure to different patient populations and a variety of endocrine conditions.

Diabetes Clinics 

University of Washington has a strong diabetes program, and trainees will have excellent training in all aspects of diabetes. This includes work with insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors and other diabetes technologies. Trainees will also have the opportunity to spend time in the UW Pregnancy and Diabetes Clinic, the Adolescent and Young Adult Diabetes Clinic and the Latinx Diabetes clinic, which focus on providing care to specific populations. All fellows have a monthly Diabetes Continuity Clinic, in addition to their other clinical.

Subspecialty Clinics 

Trainees will rotate through several subspecialty clinics during their first year of training. These include:

  • Pediatric Endocrinology at Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Osteoporosis and Geriatrics at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System
  • Bone and Joint at University of Washington Medical Center
  • Lipids Clinic at the UW Diabetes Institute
  • Weight Management Clinic at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System
  • Thyroid FNA Clinic at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Most afternoons during the outpatient blocks are set aside for completing administrative work, self-directed learning or work on clinical research/QI projects.