There are several formal conferences that are held on a monthly or weekly basis as part of the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism training program. These conferences have various formats and are
Basic Science Conferences with Dr. George Holz or Dr. Michael Roe
Held quarterly during our Friday Advances in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Conference, from Noon-1:00 PM at the Joslin Diabetes Center.
The educational purpose of the Basic Science Conference is to instruct trainees in the basic biochemistry, physiology and pathophysiology of the endocrine system. At a minimum, subject areas will include molecular biology and immunology as they relate to endocrinology and metabolism, signal transduction pathways, biology hormone receptors and principles of hormone action, biology of sexual development, reproductive endocrinology, endocrine aspects of sexual dysfunction, and feedback systems. Trainees are given materials for self-instruction in the subject area of the Basic Science Conference. The conference is usually in a seminar format with as much interaction between trainees and faculty as possible.
Endocrinology Core Curriculum and Board Review Teaching Series
Held Wednesday's, 8:00-9:00 AM in the Physicians Conference Room at the Joslin Diabetes Center. This conference will alternate with the Thyroid Cancer Tumor Board Conference and the Pediatric Endocrine Conference.
Weekly teaching session with the fellows and a faculty member cover all required clinical topics in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (listed in the curriculum) over the course of the year and assists in preparation for the Endocrinology Boards. Each session ends with discussion and review of relevant board review questions.
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Case Conference
Held every Thursday, Noon-1:00 PM in the Physicians Conference Room at the Joslin Diabetes Center.
This weekly case conference reviews the diagnosis, evaluation and management of disorders in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism over the course of the year. This conference is offered for CME credit, and is attended by our faculty (adult and pediatric endocrinologists), including voluntary faculty, fellows, housestaff and students. Guest speakers are periodically invited. A list of topics, speakers and participants is kept by the Program Director as well as the Office of Continuing Medical Education. The first Thursday of each month is a thyroid conference. Faculty from Pathology/Cytology routinely review thyroid aspiration biopsies and when available, surgical pathological specimens. Faculty and trainees from Nuclear Medicine and Surgery also regularly attend via teleconferencing. The second Thursday of the month is a general endocrinology (adult and pediatric) case conference. The case conference on the third Thursday of the month concentrates on disorders of mineral metabolism and metabolic bone diseases. The fourth Thursday of the month is the Diabetes; Metabolism and Lipid Disorders case conference. Members of the Joslin team, (nurse educators, dietitians, exercise physiologist, etc.) attend. The fifth (quarterly) Thursday of the month is a Pituitary Disease case conference. There is also a Morbidity and Mortality case conference held quarterly. Fellows routinely help plan and conduct these conferences. A fellow usually presents at least one case and reviews one relevant Journal article at each conference.
Advances in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Conference
Held Friday’s from Noon-1:00 PM in the Physicians Conference Room at the Joslin Diabetes Center.
In the beginning of the year this time is used for our "Summer Survival Skills" lectures, which are intended to provide exposure to key areas of diabetes and endocrinology early in the fellowship. This will include training on insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors (CGM) by our certified diabetes educators, as well as instruction on interpretation of pump +/- CGM downloads and dosing adjustments.
For the remainder of the year, these lectures cover various topics. Speakers include clinical or basic science faculty or an outside speaker. Journal clubs are also featured during this time. Fellows are expected to do one journal club per year. All other journal clubs are done by a clinical faculty member.
Pediatric Case Conference
Held the first Wednesday of every month from 8:00-9:00 AM in the Physicians Conference Room at the Joslin Diabetes Center.
This case conference reviews the diagnosis, evaluation and management of disorders in pediatric patients.
Thyroid Cancer Tumor Board
Held the third Wednesday of every month from 8:15-9:15 AM at University Hospital, Anatomic Pathology Conference Room 6717.
In this multi-disciplinary conference, the management of patients with thyroid cancer is discussed. The latest developments in the diagnosis and management of thyroid cancer are also reviewed.