Theresa Toft Thompson
The division sees a large number of patients in all areas of pediatric endocrinology and serves as the primary referral center for Central and Southeastern Ohio. An excellent support staff is available including pediatric nurse practitioners, endocrine nurses, certified diabetes educators, dietitians, and social workers. Camp Hamwi, the Central Ohio Diabetes Camp, provides opportunities for the fellows to work with children from ages 7 to 18.
Research opportunities are available in the Clinical Research Center of the Ohio State University and the Clinical Study Center of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The Research Institute also provides options for the fellows to work with a host of basic science investigators using state of the art molecular technology and a variety of animal models.
Fellow research projects include: Metabolic Syndrome in HIV adolescents, C4 Gene Copy Number in Type 1 Diabetes, Central Sleep Apnea in Prader-Willi Syndrome, Racial Differences in Fat Reactivity in Adolescent Obesity, Racial Difference in Insulin Secretion in Adolescent PCOS, C4 Gene Copy Number in Somali Type 1 Diabetes; and Vitamin D and Sickle Cell Disease.
The first year of the three-year program is primarily clinical with six four-week blocks on the inpatient service and four outpatient blocks in the faculty clinics (see sample rotation schedule). One four week block in each half of the year is a research block. The first is used to get to know the various research opportunities available and the second to begin project development for the second and third year. There is also a Clinical Laboratory and Radiology Month to learn how these areas interact with endocrinology. All fellows have their own half day continuity clinic every week.
The second and third years are primarily research oriented so that the fellow can effectively pursue a primary project of their choosing with appropriate mentorship as chosen by the fellow and program director. Fellows participate in faculty clinics one half day per week in addition to their continuity clinic. Second and third year fellows will do two two-week inpatient consult rotations and the third year fellow will do four-week inpatient rotation towards the end of the third year in preparation for future attending responsibilities.
Upon successful completion of the program, the fellow has met the training requirements for Pediatric Endocrinology certification by the American Board of Pediatrics. A list of our alumni include Suzanne Kingery, MD, University of Louisville; Amanda Dye, MD, West Virginia University; Stacy Meyer, MD, Wright State University; Lindsey Rauch, MD, Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Kathryn Obrynba, MD, The Ohio State University.
Application is done through ERAS and fellows are accepted through the Fall Pediatric Endocrinology Match.