The Clinical Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is an ACGME-certified program that provides a strong training experience in clinical endocrinology, and exposure to endocrinology research and scholarship. We aspire to help our fellows experience and manage a wide range of diverse patients with endocrine disorders. The Fellowship is a two-year program that is particularly appropriate for individuals interested in a career in clinical practice or as a clinician educator.
The program is based at Brown Medicine with important training components at Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Women and Infants Hospital, and the VA Medical Center in Providence. Fellows receive broad training in all aspects of clinical endocrinology through their participation in the ambulatory, inpatient and academic activities of the division.
Inpatient – During the Inpatient Consultation Service at Rhode Island Hospital and Providence Veterans Medical Center, fellows with evaluate and manage patients with diverse pathologies. With the support of the supervising endocrine attending, fellows will be in charge of a team of residents and medical students.
Outpatient – Fellows participate in two to three continuity clinics per week. Additionally, they will receive comprehensive education as they work alongside attendings to aquire skills in fine needle thyroid aspiration biopsy, the interpretation of bone densitometry, pump and continuous glucose monitor starts/interpretation as well as the high-risk pregnancy and reproductive endocrinology. Additionally, trainees rotate in pediatric endocrine, endocrine surgery, bariatric surgery, lipid metabolism clinic, transgender clinic and genetics clinic.
- Multispecialty Practice
- Team of clerical support, medical assistants, LPN, RN, Pharm Techs, Pharmacists and NP
- Fellows have a weekly continuity clinic here
- Founded in 1863
- 719 bed tertiary care center where the fellows will run an inpatient consult team alongside one of the endocrine faculty members.
- Level I trauma center
- Serves a population of approximately 1.5 million people across 3 states
- Fellows have a weekly continuity clinic here
- Located on the Rhode Island Hospital campus
- Hasbro Children’s Hospital is a dedicated pediatric care facility
- Each year Hasbro cares for more than 6,400 inpatients, 75,000 outpatients in its ambulatory clinics and more than 48,000 patients in its emergency department.
- Tenth largest obstetrical service in the country
- 9,700 deliveries per year
- National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Fellows provide outpatient and inpatient healthcare to veterans residing in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Outpatient training at the VA includes electronic consults.
- Currently Operating a 73 bed hospital
To complete the fellowship there is a requirement to participate in both the clinical activities of the division, and in one or more independent research projects. This can involve clinical or basic research studies, which are arranged on an individual basis with faculty members. Each fellow is required to engage in at least on Quality improvement project during their training.
Support is provided for fellows to attend at least one research conference per year, such as the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, the American Diabetes Association, or the American Thyroid Association.
An integral part of the fellowship is participation in the teaching activities of the division. This includes contributing to the teaching of endocrinology to Brown Medical School students in the second year endocrine pathophysiology course, Johnson and Wales Physician Assistant students in their pathophysiology course, the presentation of occasional teaching conferences for medical residents, and the teaching of endocrinology to medical residents and students who rotate through the program.
During the year, fellows participate in weekly lectures and conferences. Educational conferences coordinated by the division include clinical case conference, journal club, quality assurance, and research results. Additionally, there is a monthly core curriculum series, pituitary tumor and endocrine tumor board, reproductive endocrine conference and inter-hospital case presentation conference. All fellows participate in Board Review.
Endocrine Grand Rounds is jointly hosted by Brown Medicine and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. This conference is held weekly during the months of October through May. As part of Endocrine Grand Rounds fellows will Meet the Professor. This provides an opportunity to present and discuss interesting cases with the visiting expert.
Gabriela Fernandez, MD
Dainelys Mendez, MD
Brittany Ricci, MD
Lakshmi Ravindra, MD
Victor Ramirez, MD
Testimonials From Our Graduates
“Welcome, applicants! Congratulations on your choice of endocrinology and the start of a wonderful, challenging, and rewarding career. I grew up in New Jersey and attended college and medical school at UConn. I first came to Providence for residency here at Brown, and during that time, I developed an interest in endocrinology. By far, the greatest strength of this program is the people. The faculty are all extremely collegial, dedicated to learning and teaching, and always willing to help. My co-fellows are not only my teammates; they have become my best friends. The nursing and support staff is excellent and helpful. Additionally, the pathology is extremely diverse; our hospital has strong programs in endocrine surgery and neurosurgery and we regularly collaborate on patients and presenting tumor boards. We are the safety net hospital for Rhode Island and our catchment area includes all of Rhode Island and parts of eastern Connecticut and southern Massachusetts. Teaching opportunities are also numerous. We work closely with residents and medical students in the hospital, teach small-group conferences at Brown’s Alpert Medical School and provide lectures at the Johnson and Wales PA program. We provide an extremely strong foundation in clinical endocrinology and we wish you the best of luck in your search.”
Russell Bratman, 2020 Graduate
The fellows recruited for the program are highly capable and have a record of excellent performance on the endocrinology boards. Graduates who enter endocrine subspecialty practice have the reputation of being exceptionally well prepared to function as endocrinology consultants and practitioners. Although the emphasis on research opportunities has been increased and elements have been added to the program to facilitate the successful transition of fellows to academic careers, the program has and will continue to maintain a structure which assures that graduating trainees will have outstanding, comprehensive skills in clinical endocrinology.
By the time of matriculation into the program, all applicants for fellowship training in the subspecialty of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism should have completed residency training in internal medicine in the U.S. and be board eligible/certified in internal medicine.
Non-US citizens are required to obtain a visa sponsorship prior to beginning the program.
Applications to the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Endocrine Fellowship are processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service ERAS and must include:
- ERAS Application (www.aamc.org/eras)
- Three letters of recommendation including one from residency program director
- USMLE Transcript
- ECFMG report (if applicable)
- Personal Statement
- Medical School Transcript
We participate in the National Resident Matching Program.
If you would like to speak with someone from the fellowship program please contact Jane Conti-Dutko, fellowship coordinator for the endocrine division, at 401-649-4095, or e-mail JConti@Lifespan.org.