What does a Pediatric Endocrinologist do?
What are the career opportunities?
What Board, if any, certifies a Pediatric Endocrinologist ?
What is the lifestyle of a Pediatric Endocrinologist ?
What is the compensation of a Pediatric Endocrinologist ?
How do I become a Pediatric Endocrinologist ?
Where do I find out about available programs?
When do I apply?
Why should I choose to become a Pediatric Endocrinologist ?
A Pediatric Endocrinologist attends to the health of children and adolescents who have metabolic or other hormonal disorders. Pediatric Endocrinologists treat children with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, growth disorders, pubertal abnormalities, obesity, differences of sex development, bone and mineral disturbances, hypoglycemia, and other disorders relating to the adrenal, parathyroid, thyroid, and pituitary glands.
Pediatric Endocrinologists practice in a diverse array of settings ranging from a full academic practice based in a university medical center or freestanding children’s hospital, including major time commitment to basic or clinical biomedical research, to a more patient-based clinical practice within an academic center, to a private group- or individual-based hospital or office-based practice.
The American Board of Pediatrics offers a certification exam for Pediatric Endocrinology. Applicants must first be Board Certified in Pediatrics.
The specialty of pediatric endocrinology is predominantly an outpatient subspecialty in which disorders of growth and diabetes predominate. There are infrequent, but variable, numbers of inpatient consultations and admissions, but, in general, relatively few emergencies (outside of patients with diabetic ketoacidosis). As such, the practice of our specialty may allow ample time for outside pursuits. The actual amount of available free time will ultimately depend on the individual’s work location, involvement in outside professional activities, and efficiency.
This will depend on the type of practice (private vs academic), geographical location, and time since completion of fellowship. Salaries also vary by practice setting, with, typically, higher salaries in the private sector.
To become a Pediatric Endocrinologist, you must complete an approved 3-year residency in pediatrics and an approved 3-year fellowship. Special alternative training pathways are available for those either with a pre-existing PhD degree (5 years total including pediatrics residency and pediatric endocrine fellowship) or for combined board certification in pediatric and adult endocrinology (4 years of fellowship). For more information, click here.
Most Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship training programs participate in ERAS for the application process and the Pediatric Subspecialties Fall Match ( please remove previous link, here is the correct link: https://www.nrmp.org/fellowships/pediatrics-specialties-match/) through the NRMP. The ERAS Post Office opens on December 1 (~18 months prior to the fellowship start date) with interviews commencing shortly thereafter. For match statistics, click here
The field of pediatric endocrinology allows its practitioners to interact with children with mostly treatable disorders and develop close relationships with children and families. Hormone replacement/stimulation or suppression is the treatment paradigm for those children who require treatment. Understanding endocrine disorders of childhood and their treatment is predicated on logical physiology leading to challenging thinking and rewarding outcomes. Pediatric endocrinologists have the opportunity to work with colleagues across the hospital to care for children with pediatric endocrine disorders in the inpatient setting.
For more information about Pediatric Endocrinology, visit these websites:
Pediatric Endocrine Society (PES: formerly known as The Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society or LWPES)
American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Endocrinology
List of relevant subspecialty journals:
These individuals have offered to be available to medical students/residents to discuss their particular subspecialty. Questions could include the choice of subspecialty, lifestyle, job opportunities and the fellowship application process. This is not meant to be a long term mentorship relationship.
Michael James Haller
University of Florida
Maimonides Medical Center
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Children’s Hospital at Montefiore/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Boston Children’s Hospital
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
UCSD/Rady Children’s Hospital
David B. Allen, MD
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Children’s Hospital of the University of Illinois
Oregon Health Sciences University
Proposed Electives for a Resident Entering Endocrinology
Below is a list of suggested (not mandatory) rotations that a resident could consider if they are planning to apply in this particular subspecialty. This is not meant to be an all-inclusive curriculum, but rather a list to create a program that fits a resident’s individual needs.
- Endocrinology elective (inpatient and outpatient)
- Research month/elective
- Diabetes camp
- Rotations with diabetes experience (PICU, inpatient diabetes)
- Endo subspecialty clinic (longitudinal clinic if available)
- Adolescent Medicine