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How to Choose an Endocrinology School

Several options exist for those interested in studying endocrinology. Medical doctors who wish to specialize in the endocrine system can complete a fellowship program in endocrinology. Students who don't wish to become doctors can also earn a master's or doctorate in the field.

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Medical institutions around the country have fellowship programs for endocrinology. A small number of U.S. schools also offer master's and doctoral programs for aspiring researchers and educators in endocrinology.

10 Schools for Endocrinology

The following schools offer programs in endocrinology:

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private Fellowship
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, Private Fellowship
University of Massachusetts - Worcester Worcester, MA 4-year, Public Fellowship
University of Maryland Baltimore, MD 4-year, Public Fellowship
Brown University Providence, RI 4-year, Private Fellowship
University of Vermont Burlington, VT 4-year, Public Fellowship
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 4-year, Public Fellowship
University of Oklahoma Norman, OK 4-year, Public Fellowship
Rutgers University Newark, NJ 4-year, Public Master's, Doctoral, Fellowship
Wayne State University Detroit, MI 4-year, Public Fellowship

Source: School websites

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School Selection Criteria

Here are a few tips for students who are thinking about pursuing education in endocrinology:

  • If you already hold a medical degree, look for schools that offer fellowship programs in the field in order to direct your medical career toward endocrinology.
  • If you are more interested in becoming a researcher or educator in the field, you should enroll in a master's or doctoral program.
  • Look into the amount and type of formal training required by a program.
  • Some fellowships offer research or clinical teaching instead of the traditional patient care; choose a program based on your educational interests.

Fellowship in Endocrinology

Endocrinology fellowship programs can be completed in three years for both clinical and research tracks. Research training usually involves mentor-directed research for the first and second years of the fellowship, followed by a third year of independent research. Research fellows might need to attend regular conferences. Once they have reached their third year, they often become clinical instructors.

Those in a clinical fellowship generally must go through outpatient training, as well as inpatient training, at diabetes clinics or hospitals. Fellows typically must attend weekly conferences, which include lectures and case presentations.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Endocrinology

A 1- to 2-year master's degree program in endocrinology typically involves graduate coursework, independent research and a master's thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Endocrinology

Doctoral students may be required to attend seminars, conduct research under the direction of an adviser, serve as a graduate instructor, pass an oral qualifying exam and complete a dissertation of original research. Prerequisite coursework might be advanced reproduction or gamete and embryo biology.

Overall, there are a variety of graduate-level training options for students who are interested in endocrinology. Students can choose schools based on the nature of the programs they provide.

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