Endocrinology Fellowship Program

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Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the Fellowship Program in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Westchester Medical Center. Our program, which is accredited by the ACGME, accepts two fellows per training year.

Westchester Medical Center is the flagship hospital of the WMCHealth Network, and serves as the major referral center for a seven-county region in New York’s Hudson Valley. Our picturesque 600-acre campus, which is also home to New York Medical College, is situated only 15 miles north of New York City.

During their two years of training, our fellows are given progressive responsibility and independence in providing care for patients with the full array of endocrine and metabolic disorders. The opportunity to work with a highly diverse patient population is a cornerstone of the program, and we place a strong emphasis on evidence-based management approaches. The curriculum is enhanced by weekly didactic and case-based conferences, as well as participation in clinical research and quality improvement projects.

On this website, you will find comprehensive information regarding our clinical training program, as well as profiles of our faculty and current fellows. We hope that your goals and interests will find a good fit at Westchester Medical Center. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.

Sincerely,

Michael D. Goldberg, MD, FACP
Chief of Endocrinology
Director, Fellowship Program in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Westchester Medical Center

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Westchester Medical Center

The Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism fellowship program is based at Westchester Medical Center (WMC), the flagship hospital of the WMCHealth Network.  WMC is the major tertiary referral center for a seven-county region in New York’s Hudson Valley.  The hospital is situated on a 600-acre campus that also includes New York Medical College.

The Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at WMC provides care for patients with a wide variety of disorders including diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, disorders of the pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands, disorders of calcium metabolism, and disorders of female and male reproductive hormones.  A very active inpatient consultation service at WMC assists other services with the management of endocrine and metabolic disorders, especially diabetes mellitus.  Outpatient programs, including hospital-based clinics and a faculty practice, provide longitudinal and consultative care.  The Division comprises four faculty members, all of whom practice general endocrinology.

Program Leadership
Michael Goldberg, MD, Chief of Endocrinology

Clinical Training Program

The fellowship program in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism is a comprehensive, two-year, ACGME-accredited training program.  The program accepts two fellows per training year.

Our fellows manage a diverse population of inpatients and outpatients, thereby gaining exposure to the full array of endocrine and metabolic disorders. 

Inpatient consultation services

The inpatient endocrinology service provides consultative care for patients admitted to Westchester Medical Center (WMC).  Under the supervision of the attending physicians, our fellows see patients on the general medical, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, oncology, transplant, obstetrical, trauma, burn, and rehabilitation services.   Daily hospital rounds have a strong academic component, and fellows participate in the teaching of rotating medical residents as well as rotating medical students from New York Medical College.

The inpatient service is divided into two teams, with one fellow assigned to each team.  The fellow on the main team (Endo 1) follows the majority of the patients, spending full weekdays in the hospital.  The fellow on the secondary team (Endo 2) sees a smaller number of patients, devoting half days to the inpatient service.

Outpatient clinics

The outpatient clinics represent a key educational component of the training program.  Our hospital-based clinics provide care for patients regardless of their insurance status.  Throughout their two years of training, the fellows participate in the following clinics:

  • Continuity Clinic – General Endocrinology (Wednesday afternoon). Each fellow builds up a panel of patients that they will continue to see throughout their training.  These may be patients with thyroid disease, osteoporosis, primary hyperparathyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility, pituitary tumors, adrenal adenomas, and other endocrine disorders.  The clinic provides care for a large number of patients with thyroid cancer, and fellows gain in-depth exposure to the management of this disease, working closely with our colleagues in the departments of Endocrine Surgery and Nuclear Medicine.
  • Continuity Clinic – Diabetes (Friday morning). Each fellow cares for a second panel of patients in the weekly Diabetes Clinic.  There is a strong focus on diabetes self-management training and medical nutrition therapy, and certified dietitians staff the clinic alongside the fellows.  Fellows learn how to initiate and manage insulin pump therapy, and utilize continuous glucose monitoring systems.          
  • Thyroid Clinic (Thursday morning). In this weekly procedure-based clinic, fellows learn to perform diagnostic neck ultrasound and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy of thyroid nodules.  Most patients are referred from our own General Endocrinology clinic, or from the Primary Care clinic.  For our patients with thyroid cancer, both preoperative neck ultrasound and postoperative surveillance scans are integrated into a system of comprehensive clinical care.  Molecular genetic analysis is available for FNA specimens with indeterminate cytology.
  • Pituitary Clinic. This is a monthly clinic that is co-supervised by an endocrinology attending and a neurosurgery attending.  Fellows have the opportunity to participate in the preoperative evaluation and postoperative care of patients with a variety of pituitary tumors, and to gain expertise in the interpretation of pituitary imaging.  

Additional outpatient activities

  • Faculty Practice. Fellows attend half-day sessions at the faculty practice on a regular basis, working alongside the endocrinology attendings and gaining exposure to the pace and paperwork of private practice.  The 19 Bradhurst Avenue building is a modern, full-service medical facility with laboratory and radiology services, within a 5-minute drive from the hospital campus.
  • Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic. Throughout their training, fellows spend several sessions with a pediatric endocrinologist, where they learn about the care of young patients with type 1 diabetes, growth hormone deficiency, pubertal delay, and other common conditions.  This office is also located at 19 Bradhurst Avenue.

Academic conferences

  • Endocrine lecture series (Monday, 4-5 pm). Formal presentations on endocrine topics, with in-depth literature reviews, are given by attendings from the Division, outside speakers, and the fellows, on a rotating basis. 
  • Case conferences and Journal club (Monday, 5-6 pm). Case conferences consist of 30-minute case-based discussions of common and uncommon issues in the management of endocrine diseases.  At Journal club, a recent article from the endocrine literature is analyzed in depth, and fellows gain an understanding of clinical trial design and how to interpret statistical results.  Again, both attendings and fellows participate in the presentations.
  • Board review (Thursday, 4-5 pm). Each week the fellows meet with the Program Director to work through questions and answers from the annually-updated Endocrine Self-Assessment Program (ESAP).   

Rotation schedules

Year 1:

  • Fellows spend four non-consecutive months on the main consultation service (Endo 1), during which they attend the weekly General Endocrinology Clinic and all academic conferences.
  • Another four non-consecutive months are spent on the secondary consultation service (Endo 2); in addition to the General Endocrinology Clinic and the academic conferences, fellows also attend the Diabetes Clinic and Faculty Practice during the Endo 2 months.
  • During the remaining four months of the year, fellows devote time to scholarly activities, and attend all clinics and academic conferences, Faculty Practice, and Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic.

Year 2:

  • Fellows spend two non-consecutive months on the main consultation service (Endo 1), during which they attend the weekly General Endocrinology Clinic and all academic conferences.
  • Another two non-consecutive months are spent on the secondary consultation service (Endo 2); in addition to the General Endocrinology Clinic and the academic conferences, fellows also attend the Diabetes Clinic and Faculty Practice during the Endo 2 months.
  • During the remaining eight months of the year, fellows devote time to scholarly activities, and attend all clinics and academic conferences, Faculty Practice, and Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic.

Scholarly Activity

Fellows submit at least one abstract each year for poster or oral presentation at a major annual endocrine meeting.  They also write a review article on a topic of their choice, and design and implement a quality improvement project.  Travel is supported for fellows to present their work at national and regional meetings.  All scholarly activities are closely supervised by members of the Division faculty.

On-call

Weekend calls are distributed evenly among all four fellows.  On average, each fellow is on call every fourth weekend.  Rounds with the on-call attending take place on both weekend days.  Fellows are also on-call each night during the week leading up to their weekend call, starting at 5:00 pm.  In the evening, calls are taken from home; occasional emergencies may require the fellow to return to the hospital.  The on-call attending is always available.

National and Local Meetings

During each year of their training, all fellows will attend at least one national meeting of a major endocrinology professional organization (The Endocrine Society, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American Diabetes Association, American Thyroid Association).  In the spring of their second year, fellows attend the week-long Endocrine University program at the Mayo Clinic, which is sponsored by AACE.  Additionally, the fellows attend the semi-annual meetings of the New York Thyroid Club.

Current Fellows

Academic Year 2018-2019

Program Level II

Sandeep Kour, MBBS
Residency: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Bronx)
Bronx, NY | 2014 - 2017

Bhairavi Sheshadri, MBBS
Residency: New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
Brooklyn, NY | 2014 - 2017

Program Level I

Ann Baby, MBBS
Residency: Nassau University Medical Center
East Meadow, NY | 2015 - 2018

Jason Cutler, DO
Residency: Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital
New York, NY | 2015 - 2018

Graduates Recent Placements

Recent Placements

In the past five years, our graduating fellows have accepted positions with the following employers:

Position

Location

Mary Washington Medical Group

Fredericksburg, VA

Northern Medical Specialists

Carmel, NY

NYU Winthrop Hospital

Mineola, NY

Sound Shore Medical Center
(now Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital)

New Rochelle, NY

Methodist Hospital

Brooklyn, NY

Summit Medical Group

Livingston, NJ

Reading Health - Tower Medical Group

Wyomissing, PA



Michael Goldberg, MD | Chief of Endocrinology
Assistant Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College
Attending Physician, Westchester Medical Center

Board Certification: Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism;
Internal Medicine

Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
Residency: NYU–Bellevue Hospital Center
Fellowship: Mount Sinai Hospital


Irene Weiss, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, New York Medical College
Attending Physician, Westchester Medical Center

Board Certification:
 Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism;
Internal Medicine

Medical School: Cornell University Medical College
Internship: University Hospital of Cleveland
Residency: University Hospitals of Cleveland–Cleveland VA Hospital
Fellowship: Mount Sinai Hospital


Guy Valiquette, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, New York Medical College
Attending Physician, Westchester Medical Center
Board Certification: Royal College of Physicians of Canada

Medical School: McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Internship: Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Canada
Residency: Université de Montréal
Fellowship: Université de Montréal Royal Victoria Hospital

Those interested in applying to the program must do so through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) www.nrmp.org. Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) using the following link: www.aamc.org/eras.

Our NRMP program code is: 2157143F0

Click here to view our entire program listing on FREIDA

In order to apply to the program, we require a complete application package to be submitted via ERAS.  A minimum of 3 letters of recommendation, including one from your Internal Medicine Residency Program Director, is required.

Please access the Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database (FREIDA) for more information on our programs.

Interviews

The Fellowship Selection Committee will review your application after the required materials have been submitted via ERAS. Interviews will take place during the months of September and October (specific dates TBD).

Visa Sponsorship

WMC  will sponsor J-1 Visas.  Sponsorship of H1-B Visas will be considered on a case-by-case basis for the most highly qualified applicants.

Austin Charnis
Fellowship Coordinator
Taylor Pavilion, Room D-322
100 Woods Road, Valhalla, NY 10595
(O) 914.493.6613 | (F) 914.493.7506
Austin.Charnis@wmchealth.org