The first-year schedule is the same for both tracks, save for participation in the Leadership/Preventive Medicine monthly evening seminars by fellows in the Leadership Track. An important feature of our curriculum is a strong emphasis on participation in core ambulatory continuity clinics in endocrinology, diabetes and pediatric endocrinology. These run throughout all years of the fellowship program. In addition, several half-days each week are set aside for elective rotations, which occur in blocks throughout the year and include training in specialty diabetes care, endocrine imaging, endocrine pathology, and female reproduction. Training in thyroid ultrasound and ultrasound-guided thyroid aspiration biopsy is included in the curriculum.
This track will be available to fellows primarily interested in pursuing a career in the clinical practice of endocrinology and diabetes. Fellows are provided with extensive experience in the evaluation and care of patients with diabetes and a broad range of endocrine disorders. The track will entail 2 years of clinical rotations, and will include the equivalent of 4 months in which the fellow will be expected to complete a substantive clinical research or improvement project.
Leadership-Preventive Medicine Track
This track will be offered to selected residents and is tailored for those interested in gaining further knowledge and skills in the assessment of medical outcomes and in leading change and improvements in health care systems. The track combines one year of clinical training in endocrinology and diabetes with DHMC's acclaimed two-year Leadership-Preventive Medicine residency program. Rotations in endocrinology and diabetes will continue on a limited basis during the LPM curriculum, and the practicum project will be performed within the discipline of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. When completed, fellows will be board eligible in Endocrinology and in Preventive Medicine, and will have acquired a Masters in Public Health (MPH) through the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth College.