Conferences

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 viewed as critical to the education of the Endocrinology Fellow. Attendance by all fellows is mandatory.

Teaching Session with Dr. Arnold Moses and Dr. Jennifer Kelly

Held every Wednesday, 9:30-11:00 AM at the Institute for Human Performance, Room 1007.

The attendees are the endocrine fellows, and medical residents and students on the Endocrine elective. At these sessions, which take place 3 times/month, 1 or 2 recent publications on calcium disorders, metabolic bone diseases or water and electrolyte metabolism are reviewed and discussed. These discussions usually relate to patients who are currently in the hospital or being followed as outpatients at the Joslin Center.

Basic Science Conferences with Dr. George Holz or Dr. Michael Roe

Held once a month from 9:30-11:00 AM at the Institute for Human Performance.

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 every Wednesday, 8:00-9:00 AM in the Physicians Conference Room at the Joslin Diabetes Center.

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.

Bone Conference

Held the first Friday of every other month from Noon-1:00 PM in the Physicians Conference Room at the Joslin Diabetes Center.

In this conference, disorders of bone and mineral metabolism are reviewed, with pertinent review of the medical literature and discussions by faculty and fellows from Endocrinology (adult and pediatric), Nuclear Medicine, Radiology, Orthopedic Surgery, Pathology, Physical Medicine and General Medicine. Invited speakers from other institutions are periodically invited. This conference meets the first Friday of every other month at noon to 1 p.m. and is offered for CME credit. A list of topics and participants is kept by the Office of Continuing Medical Education. Fellows routinely help conduct this conference.

Journal Club

Held Friday’s from Noon-1:00 PM in the Physicians Conference Room at the Joslin Diabetes Center. This conference alternates with the Research Conferences.

The educational purpose of the Journal Club is to expose trainees, on a continuing basis, to critical reading of the emerging endocrine literature. Participation in Journal Club also provides instruction in clinical epidemiology, in biostatistics and in clinical decision theory. Trainees will be expected to present analyses of assigned papers in the current literature or of papers of their own selection. Their presentation will include analysis of experimental groups and design, methodology of measurements, and of statistical analysis. Others, including faculty, will interact with the trainee.

Research Conferences

Held Friday’s from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Physicians Conference Room at the Joslin Diabetes Center. This conference alternates with the Journal Club.

The educational purpose of the Research Conferences is to acquaint trainees with the status of current research carried out by the faculty, other trainees, members of other Divisions within the Department of Medicine, or other Departments in the institution or investigators from other institutions (guest presenters). Trainees will participate in the critique of the presentation and be exposed to the interactive discussions of the participants. Interactive discussion of presented research among experts is on topics of basic and clinical science of endocrinology and metabolism, including experimental design, methodology, statistical analysis and interpretation of data. In addition, those fellows actively participating in either basic or clinical research will present their research project to the division at least annually.

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.