Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
The fellowship training program in Reproductive Endocrinology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill offers thorough training and experience in the evaluation and management of clinical reproductive endocrinopathies and the care of infertile couples, under the guidance of six physician faculty, all certified subspecialists in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. As required, the program also includes both formal laboratory training and supervised participation in basic, clinical, and translational research activities. The program is approved by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) and, like all programs, we are in the process of converting to ACGME accreditation.
The first 12 months of training are devoted primarily to clinical training (with some exceptions). The following 12 months are focused primarily on laboratory training and on basic and/or translational or clinical research activities. The final year is split between clinical and research.
The fellowship training program has a number of unique elements worthy of specific mention:
Fellow continuity clinic: Each fellow has his/her own group of patients for whom he/she serves as primary physician for the entirety of the fellowship. The patients derive from the same demographic as those of the attending physicians and the patients view the fellow as their primary physician.
- Close consultation with faculty provides guidance, but the experience affords the fellow uncommon independence, allowing excellent preparation for his/her independent practice.
- Uncommon formal training and experience in Pediatric Endocrinology: working with a world class faculty one clinic/week for 2-3 months during the third training year, with emphasis on disorders of growth and puberty. A dedicated Turner Syndrome clinic is an important feature of this experience.
- Uncommon formal training in Medical Endocrinology: working directly with an attending physician one half day/week for two months during the third training year, with emphasis on disorders of thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary function.
- UNC culture: Our fellows function as junior members of the faculty and have many of the privileges and responsibilities of faculty. Fellows are viewed by residents as a resource, not as competition. The Department has fellowship training programs in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Clinical Research, Urogynecology, Advanced Laparoscopy and Pelvic Pain, and Family Planning, in addition to Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. The training atmosphere is collegial.
- Assisted Reproductive Technology Program: Our volume (approximately 425 retrievals/year) is ample to provide thorough training but not so large as to dominate training time. Fellows are actively involved in cycle management, perform numerous oocyte retrievals, and perform actual embryo transfers.
- Advanced Laparoscopic Training: Dr. Linnea Goodman, faculty in the REI Division, serves as our reproductive surgical expert and provides advanced laparoscopic training during the fellows’ weekly surgical time.
The program faculty members all are engaged in a wide range of research activities and encourage active fellow participation. Division research currently is funded by multiple grants and by Division endowments.
- Steven L. Young, MD, PhD: His research program focuses on endometrial physiology and disorders, endometriosis, and on the molecular mechanisms involved in embryo implantation. His local collaborators, who also provide training and supervision are Dr. Kathleen Caron, chair of Cell Biology at UNC, Dr. Balaji Rao, Professor at NCSU, and Dr. Francesco DeMayo, director of reproductive biology labs at the NIEHS.
- Mary C. Peavey MD, MSCI: She contributes to translational research on uterine biology and progesterone action as well as clinical research in Fertility Preservation and Turner Syndrome. Her translational collaborations include projects with Dr. Young as well as Dr. Francesco DeMayo at the NIEHS. Her clinical research encompasses collaborations with UNC Lineberger Cancer Center, Pediatric Endrinology, and the UNC Transgender Clinic.
- Linnea Goodman, MD, MSCI: She directs clinical and surgical research projects.
Fellows are expected to undertake at least one substantive project under the direct guidance of a member of the program faculty, but otherwise are welcome to work with any of a wide variety of investigators throughout the institution. Each fellow meets with Drs. Young and Peavey at regular intervals during fellowship for guidance in thesis research study design, implementation, and eventual publication.
The program has had a total of 20 graduates since 1993, when Dr. Fritz became Program Director. As of August 2019, 18/20 have been certified by ABOG in Reproductive Endocrinology and 2 are active candidates. Eight graduates entered academic medicine after completing fellowship and the remaining entered private practice. We have maintained a 100% first-time pass rate on both the written and oral ABOG subspecialty certification examinations.
The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill-Cary metro area has a population of about 2.2 million people and is anchored by three research universities plus the research triangle park, and thus ranks among the top five areas of the country for concentration of people with advanced degrees. Chapel Hill is a quintessential university town. The campus is widely considered one of the most beautiful in the United States, offers a wide array of educational, athletic, and other activities and experiences, and is located less than three hours from both coastal beaches and the mountains. The universities and global businesses have fostered significant ethnic and cultural diversity. The area has a mild, four-season climate and opportunities for urban, suburban, or rural living. At the same time, the moderately-priced local housing market allows many residents and fellows to own, rather than rent their residence.
How to Apply
The UNC Reproductive Endocrinology Fellowship program participates in the electronic application submission process ERAS. The application deadline for the fellowship is May 3, 2021.
The ERAS application needs to include:
- Electronic Application
- 3 Letters of Support (1 must be from your Program Director)
- Personal Statement
- CREOG Scores (send to Coordinator via email)
Applicants are notified beginning in June 2021 about interviews for the available July 2022 positions.