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Conferences & Grand Rounds

Conference and Speaker Schedules

Research in Progress (4:00–5:00 pm, every other Tuesday, September through May): Faculty and research trainees present their research and receive constructive criticism and advice regarding their work.

Endocrinology and Metabolism Grand Rounds (12:00–1:00 pm, every Tuesday, September through June): State-of-the-art lectures by internal and external speakers on clinical and scientific topics. Each fellow also presents a clinical and/or research topic once a year.

Endocrinology Clinical Case Conference (1:00–2:00 pm, every Tuesday [mid-August to June]): Fellows present two clinical cases to the clinical faculty. This is a teaching conference where pathophysiology, diagnostic considerations (e.g., technical aspects of hormone assays), approaches to management, and relevant literature are routinely discussed.

Fellows’ Didactic (Clinical Lecture) Series (2:00–3:00 p.m. each Tuesday throughout the year; also from 12:00-2:00 p.m. during July): Faculty give didactic lectures on various topics. As the essential topics are too many to cover in one year, the lecture schedule is designed to cover all important issues at least once every two years. Before the lecture, faculty are asked to provide reading material (review, seminal paper, practice guideline, chapter, etc.) before the lecture. (These one to two key references may summarize what will be discussed, or they can be supplementary reading dealing with an important related issue that will not be specifically discussed.) These references (along with the slides used in the lecture) are made available to fellows via a password-protected repository called ACTOR, which is managed by the Dept. of Medicine.

Journal Club (every other month): Fellows and at least one faculty member review one or two recent scientific publications, focusing on methods (e.g., study design, statistical analysis) and clinical relevance. These meetings often occur at a faculty member’s home over dinner or at a local restaurant.

Thyroid Cancer Case Conference (4:00–5:00 pm, every other Tuesday): Faculty and fellows from Endocrinology, Radiology/Nuclear Medicine, Pathology, and Surgery/Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery discuss complicated thyroid cancer cases. The primary goal is clinical decision-making in a multidisciplinary setting.

Pituitary Case Conference (7:45–8:45 am, fourth Friday of the month): Details regarding 5-7 pituitary cases are discussed by faculty/fellows from Endocrinology, Neurosurgery, Neuroradiology, and Neuropathology.