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Conferences and Lectures

During the course of the academic year, fellows participate in a series of lecture and conferences. These various conferences provide the Endocrinology Fellow with the opportunity to:

  • Prepare and present cases for discussion;
  • Review the relevant medical literature for self learning and presentation to peers; and
  • Participate in lectures given by local and national experts on topics ranging from basic endocrinology to recent research findings related to endocrinologic investigation.

Case Discussion Conference (BIDMC)

Fellows prepare one to two cases for discussion from among patients recently evaluated in the inpatient or outpatient services at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Typically, patients whose problems pose interesting or difficult diagnostic or therapeutic decisions are discussed. Following open discussion by the other participants (endocrine faculty and other fellows), the presenting fellow discusses recent findings from the medical literature that are relevant to the topic. This conference meets weekly for one hour and has 25-30 participants. Each fellow prepares approximately 15 conferences per year; the second- and third-year fellows each present one per year. One meeting a month is devoted to a Journal Club and four times a year, it is a Neuroendocrine conference. 

Endocrine Grand Rounds (BIDMC)

Local and national faculty are invited to present lectures and discuss a mixture of clinical and basic science research topics relevant to general endocrinology. The conference meets weekly from September through June for one hour. 

Endocrine Didactic Lecture Series (BIDMC)

In this conference, faculty from all of the Harvard Medical School affiliated Teaching Hospitals present lectures on basic topics in endocrinology. This conference is a major part of the core curriculum for fellows. Over the course of two years, fellows will receive approximately 90 hours of lectures that seek to cover most aspects of Endocrinology including emergency topics in Endocrine/Metabolism. The conference meets weekly for one hour from July to May.

Clinical Diabetes / Metabolism Conference (Joslin)

This conference is held on three out of four Mondays each month. One meeting is devoted to a clinical case presentation. Fellows present a diabetes case that represents a challenging diagnostic or therapeutic issue. It is followed by a detailed review of the relevant literature. One meeting is devoted to a Journal Club. Two papers are presented, one by a faculty member and the other by a fellow. The final meeting is a "Grand Rounds" format, with an invited speaker of national stature presenting a talk on a diabetes-related topic.

Medical Grand Rounds (BIDMC)

Local and national faculty are invited to present lectures on recent research findings relevant to general internal medicine. This conference meets weekly for one hour from September through May. This conference is attended by 100-120 individuals and is also attended by fellows and faculty from the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism.

In addition, fellows have the opportunity to attend and/or present and discuss cases at regularly scheduled Firm Conferences, as well as the Morbidity and Mortality Conference organized by the BIDMC Department of Internal Medicine. Finally, fellows can attend a number of Joslin research conferences including the Thursday Longwood Research Conference and the Tuesday Internal Joslin Research Seminar.

Contact Information

Endocrinology Fellowship Program
Department of Medicine; Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue, Gryzmish 626
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-667-5015
Fax: 617-667-7060 
jseadia@bidmc.harvard.edu