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Steps to endocrinology?

Discussion in 'Internal Medicine and IM Subspecialties' started by SB100, May 27, 2008.

  1. SB100

    SB100 7+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    Cambridge, MA
    So I know from what people have told me that after doing an IM residency you can take an endocrinology fellowship. How long are these fellowships usually, and is there any resource where I can look up information about them?

    Also, is there a such thing as an IM residency having a focus on a subspecialty? If so are there any IM residencies that focus on endocrinology? Sorry if I sound very naive :p
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  3. RTrain

    RTrain National Merit Finalist 2+ Year Member

    Aug 18, 2007
    Endocrinology fellowships are usually 2 years, and you would apply during your second year of IM residency. There are not subspecialty directed IM programs - we all follow the ABIM guidelines for residency curriculum, in order to come out prepared to either enter subspecialty fellowship or practice independently in general medicine. However, if you are interested in a particular specialty, you can often do research in the field during your residency to gain extra exposure, provided your residency allows time for research.

    A good place to start researching specific endocrine fellowships is FRIEDA, the same place you can find information on residencies. Individual program websites usually have more up-to-date info, but it's a nice starting point.

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