Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Fellowship

About the Program

The Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism of the Department of Internal Medicine at The University of Iowa offers an instructional program for qualified individuals desiring advanced training in academic and clinical endocrinology. We offer 2-year clinical fellowship training and 3-year research fellowship training.

Qualifications for candidates include:

  1. MD degree (or equivalent)
  2. Successful completion or expected completion of three years of residency training in Internal Medicine, with Board Eligibility or Certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine, by the initiation of Endocrinology Fellowship training.

Our training program in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism is designed to provide advanced training and experience for the trainee to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experience required for all of the competencies needed by an endocrinologist. Our program fulfills trainee needs, whether their future career plans lead them to clinical practice, endocrine research, clinical education, or some combination of all three. Suitably qualified fellows may also undertake a program leading to a Certificate, Masters, or PhD degree in Translational Biomedicine or Medical Education during their tenure.

Message from the Program Director

Welcome to the Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Fellowship!

Our program offers fellows unique opportunities to develop into outstanding clinicians, physician-scientists, and educators. In our state-of-the-art facilities, you will be exposed to a wide range of endocrine disorders and cutting-edge endocrine research. Our fellows gain extensive, hands-on experience with all types of endocrine disorders under the supervision and mentorship of our outstanding faculty.

We strive to provide all fellows with the solid foundational training that will allow them to become excellent endocrinologists, and we work individually with each trainee to create experiences that will help them meet their personal long-term career goals. To that end, our fellows can pursue specialized training in specific areas of clinical endocrinology, participate in clinical, translational, or basic research, or receive in-depth training in healthcare education methodologies. 

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center is one of the nation’s leading multidisciplinary centers, providing a wealth of opportunities and financial support to advance our understanding of a global epidemic. The University of Iowa is also a leading clinical and research center in neuroendocrine tumors. Both centers provide our fellows with outstanding opportunities for research and learning. Fellows interested in clinical and translational research can also pursue advanced studies (Certificate or Master degrees) in Clinical Investigation.

Additionally, the University of Iowa has a long and strong tradition in medical education and in training medical and clinical educators. Our fellows can participate in a certificate program that is specifically designed for interested fellows to become clinical educators. Fellows also can pursue more in-depth training in medical education by participating in the Certificate or Master in Medical Education programs.

We constantly work to refine our learning environment to provide our fellows with strong preparation for the next steps in their careers and with a positive overall experience. As integral members of our team, our fellows are engaged to take an active role in enhancing our training program to improve that experience for themselves and for future trainees. 

If you have any questions about any aspect of our program, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Amal Shibli-Rahhal, MD, MSc, MME
Clinical Professor – Endocrinology
Endocrinology Fellowship Director
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Curriculum
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine 

Fellowship Mission & Aims

Mission Statement

Our mission as an endocrinology program is to develop academic leaders who will advance endocrinology research and practice, and train endocrinologists who will provide the highest quality care to patients with endocrine disorders in all health care settings.

Program Aims

Our program aims to:

  1. Support trainees in becoming lifelong learners, committed to self-reflection, self-assessment, and improvement 
  2. Engage trainees in methods of individualized learning that will improve critical thinking and clinical skills regardless of future career path 
  3. Deliver a core curriculum and clinical experiences that teach basic and advanced endocrine biochemistry, physiology and pathophysiology, providing the basis for understanding, preventing and treating endocrine disorders 
  4. Provide clinical experiences that allow trainees to deliver cost effective team-based care that respects patient values and preferences 
  5. Support trainees in developing the necessary skills and knowledge used in the areas of teaching, quality and safety, and scholarship 
  6. Provide opportunities and flexibility supporting individualized career plans 
  7. Foster a learning environment that promotes progressive responsibility and graduated autonomy 
  8. Maintain a culture of wellness that emphasizes self-care, peer support, camaraderie, and mentorship 
  9. Maintain a learning environment that fosters professionalism, including interactions with peers and other health care providers, communication with patients and families, confidentiality, and avoidance of conflict of interest

Fellowship Goals & Objectives

Our goals as an endocrinology program are the development of academic leaders who will advance endocrinology research and practice, and to train endocrinologists who will provide the highest quality care to patients with endocrine disorders in all health care settings.

General Objectives

The program will provide training in:

  1. Endocrine biochemistry, physiology and pathophysiology
  2. Diagnosis and management of endocrine diseases including:
    • History and physical examination for endocrine disorders
    • Selection and interpretation of endocrine biochemical tests
    • Selection and interpretation of imaging procedures
    • Understanding pharmacotherapy for endocrine disorders and appropriate use of surgery, radiation therapy, treatment with radioisotopes, etc.
  3. Procedural and technical skills, including ultrasound assessment of the thyroid, ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration of the thyroid, interpretation of bone densitometry, and the use of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMS)
  4. Professionalism, including peer interactions, communication with patients, their families and other health care providers, confidentiality and avoidance of conflict of interest
  5. Endocrine-related scholarship:
    • Quality improvement and patient safety research 
    • Evidence-based clinical practice, which includes selection of high-quality publications and interpretation of strengths and weaknesses of published literature
    • Research and scholarship development, with specific goals of presenting at national/international meetings and publishing original work
    • Lifelong learning and professional development

Rotation-Specific Objectives

Clinical Consult Services

  1. Evaluate and treat endocrine urgencies and emergencies
  2. Evaluate and treat non-urgent endocrine disorders in hospitalized patients
  3. Manage diabetes in hospitalized patients, including critically ill medical and surgical patients
  4. Gain on-call experience covering in-patient units and outpatient urgent calls
  5. Function as part of multidisciplinary care teams  

Outpatient Clinical Experiences

  1. Evaluate and treat ambulatory acute and chronic endocrine disorders
  2. Evaluate and treat diabetes in ambulatory patients, including the use of insulin pumps and CGMS
  3. Provide long-term follow up for patients with chronic endocrine disorders
  4. Interpret thyroid ultrasounds
  5. Perform fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules
  6. Interpret DXA scans
  7. Function as part of multidisciplinary care teams  

Research/Scholarship Experiences

  1. Engage in methods of individualized learning that will improve critical thinking and clinical skills regardless of future career path
  2. Explore opportunities in basic research, clinical research, and/or other forms of scholarship 
  3. Develop a research project to answer a specific question in endocrinology with the goal to produce a scholarly presentation or article for publication

Yearly Curricula

Fellows focused on a career in community practice will pursue a fully clinical two-year training program with opportunities to pursue practice-based or systems-based initiatives. While most clinical fellows participate in a two-year training program, fellows interested in a specific subspecialty or in medical education may spend an additional year in training, after consultation with the program director, division faculty, and the institutional graduate medical education officials. For such fellows, pursuit of a Masters or Certificate degree in Medical Education is a good complement to their training. Extension of training is subject to the fellow’s visa or US residency status.

Fellows focused on an academic career will pursue a three-year program strongly focused on research. They generally initiate their laboratory or clinical research training during their first year and spend the majority of their second and third years performing their research.  

All fellows receive the same clinical training during the first year of fellowship. After the first year, training is tailored to the needs and career goals of each fellow.

Fellowship Year 1

For all fellows, the first year of fellowship is structured as follows:                                                                                                             

  • Three University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics continuity of care (COC) clinics per week throughout the year (except when on UI Hospitals & Clinics or VA consult service). Endocrine COC clinics encompass endocrine and diabetes.
  • One VA general endocrinology clinic per week when not on any consult service. Two clinics per week when on VA consult service, and none when on UI Hospitals & Clinics consult service. These clinics are run on a COC model and encompass a mix of general endocrine disorders and diabetes.
  • Approximately 4 months on UI Hospitals & Clinics consult service (covers both UI Hospitals & Clinics and VA inpatient and urgent outpatient consults).
  • Approximately 3 months of VA consult service (covers inpatient and urgent outpatient consults).
  • Sub-specialty clinics intended to complement training provided through the endocrine consult service and the fellow COC clinics. The majority of these experiences will likely take place in year 1. Fellows may complete some of these requirements in year 2.
     
    Rotation Requirement
    High-risk OB Under close mentorship, each fellow follows 6 pregnant patients:
    2 with type I DM
    2 with type 2 DM
    2 with gestational diabetes
    Lipid clinic 4 half-day clinics
    Male infertility clinic 2 half-day clinics
    Pediatric endocrinology 6 half-day clinics
    Renal stone 2 half-day clinics
    Reproductive endocrinology 3 half-day clinics
    NETC 5 half-day clinics
    Bone 5 half-day clinics
    Radiology US (thyroid US and FNA) 6 half-day clinics
    Obesity Clinic 6 half-day clinics
    Thyroid FNA clinic Every other Monday (fellows rotate)
    LGBT clinic 4 half-day clinics


All fellows are also required to work on QI training, general scholarship, and to participate in the division’s didactics.

In addition, during year one, research fellows will identify a research project and mentor, obtain any required research certifications (such as human subject training), and familiarize themselves with their chosen research area, including learning any necessary basic procedures and techniques. 

Fellowship Year 2

For Clinical Fellows:

  • Three University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics continuity of care (COC) clinics per week throughout the year (except when on consult service). Endocrine COC clinics encompass endocrine and diabetes.
  • One VA general endocrinology clinic per week when not on any consult service. Two clinics per week when on VA consult service, and none when on UI Hospitals & Clinics consult service. These clinics are run on a COC model and encompass a mix of general endocrine disorders and diabetes.
  • Approximately two months of UI Hospitals & Clinics consult service
  • Approximately three months of VA consult service
  • Sub-specialty clinics, if these were not completed in year one
  • Thyroid FNA Clinic
  • In consultation with faculty and program director, attend further specialty clinics to improve experience in any clinical area within endocrinology. These “elective” clinics will be aligned with the fellow’s long-term training and career goals.  

For Research Fellows:

The fellow begins the chosen research project, presenting research design and findings to the faculty and/or at a regional or national meeting by the end of the year.

Clinical duties are decreased to allow sufficient time for research.

A Typical Research Schedule Includes:

  • One UI Hospitals & Clinics COC clinic per week
  • One weekend of inpatient consult per month
  • Sub-specialty clinics, if these were not completed in year 1
  • Thyroid FNA Clinic

Sample Weekly Schedule

Each week in the table below shows the fellows’ clinical and didactic schedule depending on whether they are assigned to UI Hospitals & Clinics consult service, VA consult service, or no consult service.

The fellow on UI Hospitals & Clinics consult service is on call one of the weekend days and the second weekend day rotates among the other fellow physicians.

Sample Weekly Schedule
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Consult 13:00 Frontiers
14:00 Didactic
16:00 Case Conf/JC
COC: AM
COC: PM
COC: AM 12:00 Int Med Grand Rds
13:00 Common Fellows Curric
17:00 Tumor Board (every other week)
7:30 Endo Grand Rds
VA Clinic: AM
13:30 Fellow Dev Series (once a month)
UI Hospitals & Clinics Consult Consults: All day
13:00 Frontiers
14:00 Didactic
16:00 Case Conf/JC
Consults: All day Consults: All day Consults: All day
12:00 Int Med Grand Rds
13:00 Common Fellows Curric
17:00 Tumor Board (every other week)
Consults: All day
7:30 Endo Grand Rds
13:30 Fellow Dev Series (once a month)
VA Consult Consults: All day
13:00 Frontiers
14:00 Didactic
16:00 Case Conf/JC
Consults: All day Consults: All day Consults: All day
12:00 Int Med Grand Rds
13:00 Common Fellows Curric
17:00 Tumor Board (every other week)
Consults: All day
VA Clinic: AM
7:30 Endo Grand Rds
13:30 Fellow Dev Series (once a month)

Fellowship Year 3

A third year of fellowship is required for research fellows. The fellow continues the research project and will write one or more abstracts and manuscripts describing the results for presentation at a regional or national meeting.

Some clinical fellows who are interested in a specific subspecialty or in medical education might choose to extend their training by one year after consultation with the program director, division faculty, and the institutional graduate medical education officials. For such fellows, attendance at classes at the University of Iowa focused on achieving a Masters or Certificate degree in Medical Education might be a good complement to their training.  Extension of training is subject to the fellow’s visa or US residency status and is addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Investigators and Programs

Several opportunities for research are available within the Division of Endocrinology.  Each of the following investigators is involved in specific fields of research and each may supervise fellows:

Joseph S. Dillon, MD, Clinical studies on therapy of carcinoid and neuroendocrine tumors

Ayotunde Dokun, MD, PhDHow does diabetes interact with genetics and contribute to the poor outcomes in individuals with peripheral arterial disease (PAD)?

Thomas M. O'Dorisio, MD, Clinical studies on therapy of carcinoid and neuroendocrine tumors

Amal Shibli-Rahhal, MD, MS, Clinical studies on bone diseases and medical education

Janet A. Schlechte, MD, Clinical studies on bone and pituitary diseases

William I. Sivitz, MD, Basic studies on mitochondrial metabolism and its role in diabetes and obesity; Clinical studies in the therapy and pathophysiology of diabetes and obesity

Brian O'Neill, MD, PhD, Insulin action on muscle growth and metabolism

Yumi Imai, MD, Mechanisms behind islet dysfunction in diabetes 

Mark A. Yorek, PhD, Basic studies in neurovascular complication of diabetes and obesity

 

There is also active clinical and research participation by faculty in other clinical and basic science departments throughout the university focused on issues that relate directly to endocrinology. Fellows are encouraged to pursue training with these individuals outside of the Division of Endocrinology if that fulfills a critical training goal for the individual. Examples of such faculty include but are not limited to the following:

Basic Mechanisms of Hormone Action

Mario Ascoli, PhD
Deborah L. Segaloff, PhD
Rory Fisher, PhD

Vascular Function in Obesity and Diabetes

Frank Faraci, PhD
Curt Sigmund, PhD

Endocrine Neoplasia

Ronald Weigel, MD, PhD, MBA
James Howe, MD
M. Sue O’Dorisio, MD, PhD

Intensive Insulin Therapies in Children with Type 1 Diabetes

Eva Tsalikian, MD
Michael Tansey, MD

Developmental Origins of Metabolic Disease

Andrew Norris, MD, PhD

Pediatric Endocrinology

Katie M. Larson Ode, MD, MS
Vanessa Curtis, MD

Thyroid Research

Liusca Pesce, MD
Geeta Lal, MD, MSc

Neuroendocrine Mechanisms of Obesity

Kamal Rahmouni, PhD

See also faculty of the Diabetes Research Center and Obesity Research and Educational Initiative.

Training Programs

The Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the University of Iowa provides trainees with the education and experience required to function as competent specialists, educators, and scientists. Fellows are involved in a variety of clinical and scholarly activities to guide their training. The curriculum and evaluations incorporate the competency tenets of the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME): medical knowledge, patient care, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, professionalism, and interpersonal and communication skills.

Clinical Training

Clinical setting looking at records

Clinical training involves inpatient endocrinology consult rotations, general endocrinology and diabetes continuity of care (COC) clinics, and additional subspecialty clinics to supplement the COC experience. These subspecialty clinics take place within the Division of Endocrinology or through other divisions and departments, including:

  • High Risk Obstetrics
  • Lipid Clinics
  • Male Infertility Clinics
  • Reproductive Endocrinology Clinics
  • Metabolic Bone Disease Clinics
  • Obesity Clinic
  • Thyroid US and FNA Clinics
  • Neuroendocrine Tumor Clinics
  • Pediatric Endocrinology Clinics
  • Renal Stone Clinics

Clinical setting with patient

Didactics

Several didactic sessions are offered every week. These aim to present the fellows with knowledge related to endocrinology and to teach them how to prepare and deliver their own presentations.

Weekly Frontiers in Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism Seminar

These are presented by basic and clinical researchers with expertise in the fields of obesity, diabetes, and the metabolic syndrome.

Weekly Fellow Didactic Curriculum Lecture Series

These cover core endocrine topics presented by endocrinology faculty members and members of other departments and divisions.  Topics discussed include basic endocrine physiology and pathology, clinical endocrinology, nutrition, and endocrine testing.

Weekly Clinical Case Discussions

The fellows present a variety of cases on a rotating basis. Following each case presentation, the presenting fellow leads a discussion among the other fellows, faculty, and any residents and students currently rotating on the service.

Monthly Endocrine Journal Club

These are presented by the fellows on a rotating basis with faculty mentorship.

Weekly Endocrine Grand Rounds

These are presented by endocrine faculty and fellows on a rotating basis, faculty from other divisions and departments, and visiting professors. Fellows are mentored by a faculty member who assists them with topic selection and preparation of the presentation.

Biweekly Tumor Board

These are attended by endocrine staff and fellows, surgical oncologists, otolaryngologists involved in thyroid and parathyroid surgery, radiologists and pathologists. During these sessions, patients with endocrine malignancies are reviewed and discussed, and treatment recommendations are formulated.

Weekly Interdisciplinary Fellowship Conference

These lectures are organized by the core Internal Medicine residency program for all Internal Medicine fellows from all specialties. They include discussions of core topics required by ACGME, additional topics of interest to the fellows, and informal discussions with the department chair.

Monthly Fellow Advancement Conference

On a rotating basis, this conference covers topics related to business, communication skills, and wellness.

Interdisciplinary Fellowship Conference

This is an example of the Department of Internal Medicine Common Curriculum Schedule.

It is shared between fellow physicians from all divisions of the department.

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Image of the conference schedule

2020-2021 Internal Medicine Fellows' Conference Master Schedule

Procedural Training

Doctors looking at on-screen imaging

Procedural training will lead to demonstrated excellence in a variety of procedures, including those required by ACGME and ABIM:

  • Insulin pumps
  • Continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMS)
  • Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA)
  • Thyroid ultrasound
  • Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration

Quality Improvement Training

All fellows participate in quality improvement training. All fellows complete a series of online QI modules, leading to a certificate in quality improvement. In addition, clinical fellows complete a QI project under mentor supervision and are expected to present results from their projects at local, regional or national meetings.

Winners of ENDO19 and ENDO20 Abstract Awards

Rhea winner

Yinka winner

Research Training and Scholarship

Julie Schommer, research training

All fellows are required to participate in scholarship, but the requirements vary between clinical and research fellows. 

Research Fellowships

Research fellowships are three years long, with a major emphasis on basic, translational, or clinical research training. Under close mentorship, research fellows participate in a rigorous and well-defined program that will prepare them for a career in academic research. The successful research fellow will write grant proposals in pursuit of funding, present their research at local, regional, and national meetings, and prepare and publish original research papers. The research program that the fellow participates in will be relevant to endocrinology and metabolism and can be based in the Division of Endocrinology or in other departments or divisions.

Clinical Fellowships

Clinical fellowships are two or three years long, preparing the fellow for a career as a clinician. Clinical fellows are not required to conduct formal research, but are still expected to participate in scholarly activities. These scholarly activities are more broadly defined and can encompass basic or clinical research, outcome research, literature reviews, description of novel clinical findings in case reports and series, and development and assessment of rigorous practice improvement protocols. The fellow will carry out the scholarly activity with the goal of publishing at least one manuscript in a peer-reviewed journal or presenting at a national professional meeting.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center has received a $2.02M T32 grant.

Fellows as Clinician Educators (FACE)

The Fellows as Clinician Educators (FACE) Program is designed to introduce future clinician-educators to a set of skills which may be of use in their career. The program presents concepts of educational design and research, lecture development, evaluation, observation and feedback. At the conclusion of the program, FACE participants are required to develop a teaching portfolio.

Learn more about FACE

How to Apply

All interviews will be virtual in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Positions are available for candidates who wish to obtain clinical and research training in endocrinology beginning July 1 next year. Fellows can apply beginning July 1, and the programs can upload the applications beginning July 15.

US residents should contact their Dean's Office or ERAS at https://students-residents.aamc.org/training-residency-fellowship/applying-fellowships-eras/.

International residents should contact the ECFMG at http://www.ecfmg.org/eras/index.html.

An ECFMG certificate must accompany the ERAS application. We consider all applicants regardless of visa status.

A complete ERAS application includes:

  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of the applicant's long-term career goal and field of interest
  • dean's letter
  • three current letters of recommendation
  • copies of ECFMG scores for Steps I, II, and III (if completed)
  • applicant's transcripts for USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3
  • medical school transcript
  • publications and manuscripts, if applicable, can be listed in the summary sheet and CV sections of the ERAS application.
  • an unmounted recent photograph of applicant must accompany application or be provided at time of interview

All applicants must also register with the National Resident Matching Program (Phone: 202-828-0566).

The ACGME ID for our program is 1431821079

If you have any questions, contact Cynthia Johannsen or Laura Deines.


Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted through ERAS.  We review all completed applications submitted through September 1, however, once we have filled our interview slots we do not review further applications. Interviews typically occur in August and September.

Completed applications are reviewed by our faculty, and we invite for interview those individuals whose credentials suggest that they will have a good chance to achieve an appointment. Qualifying applicants with a J1 or H1B visa will be considered for our fellowship program. While we do not impose any visa restrictions to entry into our clinical training program, most research fellowship positions are funded by NIH grants, thus limiting eligibility to candidates with US citizenship.                                                                             

If you are selected for an interview, we will send you a letter of invitation. Interviews will take place beginning in August through October.

Board Certification

Medical specialty certification in the United States is a voluntary process which serves multiple purposes for the trainee and the public.

Certification is

  • one mission of the training program to produce trainees who meet board eligibility criteria;
  • distinguishes a physician as someone with a distinct level of expertise;
  • provides more opportunities when applying for employment;
  • presents resources and tools by the ABMS;
  • a commitment to life-long improvement for providing the best patient care; and
  • elevates physicians into the ranks of doctors committed to the highest standards of healthcare.

For more information visit the American Board of Internal Medicine for specifics on board certification requirements.

Eligibility Criteria

Qualifications for candidates include (1) an MD degree (or equivalent), (2) completion or expected completion of three years of residency training in Internal Medicine, with Board Eligibility or Certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine, by the initiation of Endocrinology Fellowship training

Interview Information

At the interview, prospective candidates will receive an overview of the program and tour of the facilities. They will also meet individually with key faculty members that may include any or all of the following: the program director, other Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism faculty, and the division chair.

Our People

​Program Leadership

 

Amal Shibli-Rahhal, MD, MS, MME
Director, Endocrinology Fellowship Program
Professor of Internal Medicine

Phone: 319-353-7812
Email: amal-rahhal@uiowa.edu

 

Brian O'Neill, MD, PhD
Associate Director, Endocrinology Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

Phone: 319-335-4736
Email: brian-oneill@uiowa.edu

 

Ayotunde Dokun, MD, PhD, FACE
Director, Division of Endocrinology
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

Phone: 319-353-7842
Email: ayotunde-dokun@uiowa.edu

Endocrine Division Chair

Welcome to the Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Fellowship at the University of Iowa. If you are interested in a fellowship program that would prepare you for a career in clinical and or academic medicine, we are the program for you. Our program is designed to provide fellows a broad foundation in general Endocrinology while allowing the flexibility to pursue diverse interests to achieve individual career goals. Here fellows have the opportunity to develop expertise in clinical, basic, translational research or medical education. 

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center affords additional opportunities for our trainees to pursue cutting-edge research. 

Our program is located in a city that has been described as one of the best cities for college graduates, one of the best places to live and one of the coolest towns in America. 

We look forward to hearing from you to explore the training opportunities within our program or to address any questions you may have. 

Sincerely,

Ayotunde O. Dokun, MD, PhD, FACE
Verna Funk Professor of Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center
Director Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Associate Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Iowa City, Iowa

Current Endocrine Fellows

Erin Briggie

 

Erin Briggie, MD (F1)
Medical School: University of Iowa
Residency: University of Iowa


 

Siva Kumar Kasina, MBBS (F2)
Medical School: Andhra Medical College
Residency: MedStar Washington Hospital Center


Katie Robinson portrait

 

Katie Robinson, MD, PhD (F3)
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
Residency: University of Iowa


 

Maisoon Torfah, MD (F2)
Medical School: University of Damascus
Residency: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital-Ann Arbor


Sathvika Velur

 

Sathvika Velur, MBBS (F1)
Medical School: Maharasha Institute
Rewsidency: Guthrie/Robert Packer Hospital

Current Faculty

The Department of Internal Medicine has a faculty of nearly 300 professionals whose clinical, teaching, and research expertise spans the entire discipline of medicine.

Endocrinology & Metabolism Division Faculty

Department Faculty (alphabetical listing)

Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

Thank you for your interest in the Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Fellowship at University of Iowa. Fellows who complete our program are well-positioned to become leaders in whatever career path they choose, in clinical practice or academic medicine. In addition to comprehensive clinical training, our program offers numerous opportunities to obtain training in basic or translational research and in medical education. Our faculty and educational leadership are prepared to work with you on an individual basis to construct a model that aligns with your long-term career goals, while also ensuring that you excel in the foundational skills every endocrinologist must know.

Another aspect that makes our fellowship program unique is the combination of a premier research center with substantial research funding to support a great variety of research activities. Even those fellows considering a mostly clinical track should be aware of the number of research opportunities that exist in our Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center and the Specialized Program of Research Excellence in Neuroendocrine Tumors. We are on the cutting-edge of research discoveries but also possess the resources to implement other initiatives in the clinical setting.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss what opportunities exist for you at the University of Iowa, please free to get in touch with us.

Sincerely,

Isabella Grumbach, MD, PhD
Interim Chair and Department Executive Officer, Department of Internal Medicine
Kate Daum Endowed Professor
Professor of Medicine – Cardiovascular Medicine
Professor of Radiation Oncology

Fellow Life

The Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism fellowship program at the University of Iowa provides fellows with a friendly, nurturing, yet rigorous learning environment to help them grow into caring and capable physicians, educators and researchers.

Endo group at cafe

Outdoor photo of endo group

Endo group outside of doorway

Endo group working on project during lunch