Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship
Welcome to UNC
We are delighted that you are considering our Division at the N.C. Children’s Hospital for your training in pediatric endocrinology! We offer trainees a wide range of clinical experiences within a vibrant, diverse patient population. Our curriculum includes allocation of significant protected time and superb mentorship for research projects and required scholarly work.
In 2022, our division ranked 14th in the US and 2nd in the Southeast by the U.S. News and World Report. We are a referral practice that provides care for all pediatric endocrine problems, in addition to offering several subspecialized clinics for patients with diabetes, Turner syndrome, bone disorders, disorders of sexual development, gender wellness, lipid disorders, and obesity comorbidities. These clinics are directed by experts in the field and provide in-depth learning opportunities for our fellows.
Our trainees are exposed to a full range of academic options to foster their career. As such, our curriculum includes significant committed time for academic endeavors. Diverse research opportunities and outstanding mentorship are abundant at UNC. Our faculty members are involved in basic science and clinical research, with several clinical trials underway. These opportunities provide a rich training environment that fosters the development of leading physician researchers and academic clinicians within our field.
Our program offers academic lectures during training, including topic presentations, journal clubs, lectures from guest speakers, and board review. Our program has a close relationship with the UNC adult endocrine division, as well as a strong connection with other regional pediatric endocrine programs. This network provides an unparalleled alliance for clinical exposure, learning, and research collaborations.
Offering a rich fellowship experience is vital to the goals of our division. We seek to train well-rounded Pediatric Endocrinologists who will become the leaders in clinical care, research and education in the future.
We look forward to sharing more about our program with you!
The University of North Carolina Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Fellowship program, located in Chapel Hill, NC, is an ACGME fully accredited three-year subspecialty program designed to prepare pediatricians for careers in academic and clinical pediatric endocrinology and diabetes.
We strive to train the next generation of outstanding, academic, clinical leaders in pediatric endocrinology by instilling a commitment to life-long learning, providing individualized engagement in research and scholarly activities, and modeling excellence in the care of patients and families with endocrine disorders.
The UNC Division of Pediatric Endocrinology is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace that enhances our learning environment, innovative research, and the quality of care available to all. We believe that a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion leads to new ways of thinking, behaving and caring. We strive to recruit, retain, and develop a diverse group of individuals to ensure a vibrant community that promotes excellence in education, discovery, clinical care and the elimination of health disparities locally, regionally and nationally.
Our Program’s Aims
- To train excellent clinical specialists in pediatric endocrinology, through applying evidence-based medicine within a multidisciplinary model of care.
- To advance clinical care in pediatric endocrinology through training fellows to ask important and insightful questions, and by providing them with the knowledge, skills, and tools to answers such queries.
- To provide meaningful opportunities and experiences for fellows to advocate for effective education, optimization of care, and efficient access to resources for our patient population.
- To produce excellent, independent pediatric endocrinologists who will serve as local and national leaders in the field of pediatric endocrinology.
What Makes UNC Remarkable ?
Our program is led by exceptional faculty that are dedicated, approachable, knowledgeable, and committed to mentoring and educating fellows and residents.
Unlimited Research Opportunities
Fellows can collaborate with Nobel Prize winners and other outstanding researchers throughout the institution and beyond, as they begin to develop and ultimately design their research projects.
Living in the Triangle
We are committed to valuing all people throughout our organization, regardless of background, lifestyle, and culture. The UNC Department of Pediatrics Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee is dedicated to a diverse and inclusive work environment for staff and culturally appropriate care for our patients, are essential to fulfilling our UNC Health Care vision of improving the health of all North Carolinians.
The fellowship has an extensive curriculum that combines lectures, journal clubs, seminars and case conferences to provide a variety of educational activities, including the opportunity to teach and to learn from multi-disciplinary teams.
- Fundamentals of Endocrine Summer Seminar Series (core topics in endocrinology)
- Endocrine Teaching Conferences (led by fellows as well as faculty)
- Division of Endocrinology Visiting Lecturers Seminars
- Pediatric Endocrinology Board Review (review of case-based questions, moderated by faculty)
- UNC Division of Adult Endocrinology Research Conferences
- UNC Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds
- Pediatric Endocrinology Journal Club
- Combined UNC Pediatric and Adult Endocrinology Research and Case Conferences
- Multidisciplinary joint conferences with Radiology, Genetics, Urology, ENT, PICU, and NICU
- Pediatric Endocrinology Division Retreat
Diverse research opportunities exist within the UNC Pediatric Division of Endocrinology, as well as in collaboration with other divisions and departments within the University. A wide variety of projects are available at the level of population sciences, patient-oriented research, isolated genes, cells, and intact organisms that include transgenic mouse models of human diseases.
Examples of past and current research opportunities/projects:
- Differences in Multi-Disciplinary Team Management of Children and Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes – Comparisons of Real World Practices
- Immune response to vaccinations in patients with Turner syndrome
- Clinical pathway for outpatient education of pediatric patients with new onset type 1 diabetes
- UNC Pediatric Residency gender dysphoria education initiative
- Effects of anti-CD4 and -CD8 antibodies on remission of diabetes in mouse models
- Assess the effect of diabetic ketoacidosis on neurocognitive function in pediatric patients
- Thyroid screening for newborns born to mothers with Grave’s disease
- Determining the influence of obesity on pubertal timing in girls
- Enhancing empathy and knowledge through experience: the T1D Immersion Education Project
- Understanding how Autoimmune Regulator (Aire) gene promotes tolerance in Autoimmune Polyendocrinopathy Syndrome Type 1 (APS1) mouse models and patient samples
- Etiological and clinical characteristics of central diabetes insipidus in children: a single center experience
UNC’s three-year fellowship seeks physicians who will have completed three years of training in an accredited residency program in order to sit for the American Board of Pediatrics certifying examination.
Please visit ERAS for an application and information about our program.
The following information should be uploaded into the ERAS program:
- Completed on-line application
- Current photograph (released only after interview is offered)
- Personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation, one from current program director
- Dean’s letter (MSPE)
- Medical school transcript
- Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE, taken within the 7-year time frame required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or equivalent scores
- If a graduate of a medical school outside the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico, valid ECFMG certificate or one that does not expire prior to the start of the fellowship
- If not a citizen of the United States or permanent resident, then copy of current J-1 Visa.
Contact information for the fellowship program of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Department of Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine.
Amy Levenson, MD
Fellowship Program Director
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Pediatric Subspecialty Program Coordinator
Pediatric Endocrinology at UNC Chapel Hill
CB#7039, Medical School Wing E
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7039