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, 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.
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.
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 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
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:
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.
David B. Allen, MD. University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer M. Barker MD. University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Children’s Hospital Colorado. Jennifer.email@example.com
David W. Cooke, M.D. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Fuqua, Indiana University School of Medicine/Riley Hospital for Childre. email@example.com
Michael Haller, MD. University of Florida. firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul W Hruz MD PhD. Washington University in St Louis. email@example.com
Lisa Madison. Oregon Health & Science University. firstname.lastname@example.org
Madhu Misra, MD, MPH. Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. email@example.com
William E. Russell, MD. Vanderbilt University Medical Center VUSM. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Lauren Scott, MD. UAB (University of Alabama in Birmingham). email@example.com
Takara Stanley, MD. Massachusetts General Hospital. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ari Wassner. Boston Children’s Hospital. email@example.com
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)
- 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.