The NIH Clinical Center has 240 inpatient beds and 82 day-hospital stations. It is a unique hospital that is dedicated to excellent patient care and furthering scientific advancements. Fellows make daily rounds, discuss patients with the attending physicians, and participate in management decisions related to both patient care and clinical investigation.
Patients with a wide variety of endocrine diseases are studied at the Clinical Center providing clinical experience of substantial depth and breadth. Although all patients are admitted under IRB-reviewed research protocols, there are many other aspects of diagnosis and patient care that fall completely under the discretion of the endocrine fellows especially for patient enrolled in observational or natural history studies.
A unique feature of this training program is the opportunity to work closely with pediatric and reproductive endocrinology fellows and faculty. The NIH rotation highlights endocrine pathology from pediatrics to adulthood. During the 2 week REI elective, the fellow gains experience with of reproductive issues and assessment and treatment of infertility.
The lipid rotation during the first year provides fellows exposure to common and rare disorders of lipid and cholesterol metabolism. During this rotation, didactics will focus on familial or genetic disorders of lipid metabolism, including pathophysiology, diagnosis and management.