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UCLA Pediatric Endocrinology


Fellowship Program

UCLA Pediatric Endocrinology.


Fellowship Program Overview

Our fellowship program has a long and distinguished history of clinical, research, and educational excellence. Tailored to the specific talents and interests of each trainee, this program excels in training individuals for successful careers in academic and clinical pediatric endocrinology. Our three-year training program strives to attract superb candidates with a high interest in academic medicine. The program is structured to include clinical and research training (as per the requirements spelled out by the ACGME).

Goals and Objectives

The goal of the training program is to provide fellows with instruction and evaluation in competencies that include: Patient care, medical knowledge, professionalism, system-based practice, practice-based learning and improvement and interpersonal and communication skills. Fellows will learn the fundamentals of clinical diagnosis and management of problems related to pediatric endocrinology.

Fellows are expected to participate in assigned clinical rotations; attend and present at didactic sessions designed to provide a breadth of knowledge in clinical pediatric endocrinology, and in the physiological principles and basis of diagnosis and management; receive instruction on how to undertake research and participate in significant research that will translate into reporting of findings at scientific meetings and in peer reviewed journals and the submission of grant applications.

The curriculum in our program reflects our commitment to provide the community of pediatrics with academic pediatric endocrinologists who can render high quality clinical care, perform significant laboratory and/or clinical research, and teach effectively.

Our philosophy is to:

  • Teach clinical medicine stressing physiologic principles for diagnosis and therapeutic decision making.
  • Integrate basic science teaching into clinical instruction.
  • Teach the basis for scientific investigation, study design, and the analysis and reporting of study results.
  • Provide opportunities to participate effectively in curriculum development, delivery of information, provision of feedback to learners, and assessment of educational outcomes.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To provide the clinical experiences and educational opportunities necessary to build a solid foundation of medical knowledge, critical thinking abilities, literature review skills, diagnosis acumen, technical skills, and develop sound clinical judgment.
  • To provide the research training and experience needed for trainees to develop careers as physician scientists.
  • To train well-rounded, empathetic clinicians who will continue to develop skills in communication with and counseling of families.
  • To motivate fellows and impart the skills needed for them to become lifelong learners and teachers, and for them to develop leadership skills and work effectively with team members.
  • To impart to the fellows a sense of responsibility to act as advocates for the health of children within our society.
  • To expose the fellows to the concept of hypothesis-driven research and encourage them to become active members of the profession's national societies.
  • To prepare future Pediatric Endocrinologists for ongoing changes in the health care system including managed care, limitations on resource utilization, and the appropriate use of other sub-specialists, non-physician ancillary referrals and referral centers.
  • To prepare the fellows to practice culturally competent medical care for a diverse population in Los Angeles.
  • To teach professionalism by mentorship, validating the critical roles of personal ethics, responsibility, respect, compassion, communication, and self-awareness.
  • To provide training in an environment of respect and support, recognizing that fellowship training is a difficult and challenging time in one's personal and professional life.

Components of the training program include:

  • Clinical care (direct and consultative, inpatient and outpatient).
  • A core curriculum in Pediatric Endocrinology, physiology, and related sciences.
  • A core curriculum in teaching and scholarly activities.
  • Laboratory or translational research experience, under the supervision of a mentor and scholarship oversight committee.


(310) 825-6244 for information

Kuk-Wha Lee, MD PhD
Director, UCLA Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program
Department of Pediatrics, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA