The Saint Louis University Division of Endocrinology provides comprehensive patient care services, education and research experience within the spectrum of the endocrine system, diabetes and metabolism.
Patient Care. The division provides inpatient and outpatient consultation services to a diverse population with a wide range of endocrine disorders at the St. Louis University Medical Center and associated Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The ambulatory care service is enhanced by an active thyroid biopsy clinic coordinated with onsite cytopathology, and a foot care service involving personnel specialized in diabetic foot problems, with referral to surgical specialties. The inpatient consultation service responds to daily requests ranging from diabetes management to complex endocrine and metabolic disorders. The Endocrine division coordinates care with tertiary referrals services including otolaryngology, neurosurgery and oncology.
Education. The division offers a two-year clinical fellowship training program, as well as elective rotations to medical students and internal medicine residents. In addition to daily teaching rounds and supervised outpatient clinics, there are regularly scheduled weekly Endocrinology Grand Rounds, a monthly Journal Club, a monthly joint adult/pediatric endocrinology conference, and a monthly quality improvement conference. The Endocrinology core curriculum is delivered as an eight-week lecture series at the beginning of each academic year, and supplemented with daily didactic lectures. Endocrinology faculty and fellows participate in the general internal medicine training program at the University Hospital and Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The division contributes to medical education in the community through annual diabetes and endocrinology symposia, and participates in the St. Louis City Wide Endocrinology lecture series.
Research. Ongoing research includes investigations in molecular mechanisms of lipid metabolism; actions of thyroid hormone, testosterone , and neuropeptides; and studies on obesity and nutrition. The division also participates in multi-center clinical trials. Fellows receive hands-on experience in state of the art laboratory techniques, and present their work at national conferences and through publications in clinical and basic scientific journals.
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