Pediatric Endocrinology

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 ?
Faculty Contacts
Proposed Electives

What does a Pediatric Endocrinologist do? 

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, disorders of growth and puberty, obesity, differences of sex development, bone and mineral disturbances, hypoglycemia, and other disorders relating to the adrenal, parathyroid, thyroid, and pituitary glands.  Additionally, pediatric endocrinologist participate in the care of children exploring their gender.

What are the career opportunities?

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, clinical biomedical, education or QI/QA research, to a more patient-based clinical practice within an academic center, to a private group- or individual-based hospital or office-based practice.

What board certifies a Pediatric Endocrinologist?

The American Board of Pediatrics offers a certification exam for Pediatric Endocrinology. Applicants must first be Board Certified in Pediatrics.

What is the lifestyle of a Pediatric Endocrinologist?

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.

What is the compensation of a Pediatric Endocrinologist?

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.

How do I become a Pediatric Endocrinologist?

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.

Where do I found out about available programs?

Information about the various programs is available through ERAS Fellowships FREIDA and ACGME.

When do I apply?

Most Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship training programs participate in ERAS for the application process and the  Fall Pediatric Subspecialities 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

Why should I choose to become a Pediatric Endocrinologist?

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 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:

ERAS Fellowships
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:

Diabetes Care
Hormone Research in Pediatrics
International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Pediatric Diabetes
Pediatric Endocrine Reviews

Faculty Contacts

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.

David B. Allen, MD.  University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Jennifer M. Barker MD. University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Children’s Hospital Colorado.

David W. Cooke, M.D.  Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Jack Fuqua, Indiana University School of Medicine/Riley Hospital for Childre.

Michael Haller, MD.  University of Florida.

Paul W Hruz MD PhD.  Washington University in St Louis.

Lisa Madison.  Oregon Health & Science University.

Madhu Misra, MD, MPH.  Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

William E. Russell, MD.  Vanderbilt University Medical Center VUSM.

Mary Lauren Scott, MD.  UAB (University of Alabama in Birmingham).

Takara Stanley, MD.  Massachusetts General Hospital.

Ari Wassner.  Boston Children’s Hospital.

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)
  • Endocrinology subspecialty clinic (longitudinal clinic if available)
  • Genetics
  • Gender Clinic
  • Adolescent Medicine

Pediatric Subspecialties: the need is huge, the careers are stimulating, and the rewards are amazing.
To access a recording of the 1 hour CoPS Pediatric Subspecialties Webinar Series on 9/20/21 featuring a panel discussion about careers as Pediatric Physician Scientists and then in Pediatric Endocrinology, please use this link.

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