Past Candidates and Training Facilities
The McGill Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism offers a strong and varied Residency Training Program. The Program regularly attracts residents from McGill, other universities in Canada, and from overseas countries. Over the last twenty years, we have trained fellows who have gone on to rich academic and clinical endocrinology careers. The Program is based at the McGill University teaching hospitals comprising the Royal Victoria, Montreal General, Jewish General and Montreal Children's Hospitals. In addition, we have strong ties with the McGill Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Montreal Neurological Institute, and Clinical Biochemistry to ensure in-depth exposure in reproductive endocrinology, neuroendocrinology and endocrine laboratory testing.
Training Program Structure
The Program is of two years’ duration with the possibility of further clinical or basic research training for interested individuals. During the first year the emphasis is on clinical training with patient care and teaching centered around our large number of ambulatory teaching clinics and in-patient consultation services. Clinical training also involves obtaining proficiency in dynamic endocrine testing, thyroid fine-needle aspiration cytology, and in the use of glucose monitoring and insulin delivery devices. The trainees spend four to six months in each of the three adult McGill teaching hospitals, four to six weeks in reproductive endocrinology, four to six weeks in pediatric endocrinology, and two weeks performing laboratory medicine.
In the second year, a further four months of clinical training is combined with an eight-month clinical or basic research elective block. Our Division features a number of internationally-recognized basic and clinical research laboratories that provide an excellent range of research elective opportunities. This period, whose content is by definition flexible and tailored to the trainee’s needs, can also be used for further enhancement in reproductive medicine and in vitro fertilization methodologies, as well as for training in biostatistics. Our large clinical volume represents a rich resource for clinical epidemiology research.
For those interested in pursuing further training, we offer one year fellowships in Metabolic Diseases (program director Dr. Wen Hu), Endocrine Tumors (program director Dr. Juan Rivera) and Bone and Mineral Metabolism (program director Dr. Richard Kremer). For fellowships of these three programs, please click here, and then select Endocrinology.
Throughout the seventeen-month period of clinical training the fellows attend weekly subspecialty teaching clinics in diabetes, lipid metabolism, obesity, thyroid disease, bone and mineral disorders, neuroendocrinology (pituitary, gonad and adrenal), reproductive endocrinology, and antenatal diabetes.
Teaching and Conferences
Interspersed with the teaching clinics and consultation service, there are regular weekly Endocrine Rounds, Journal Clubs, as well as formal and informal teaching sessions (see Conferences/Forums). A large number of lectureships and conferences given by visiting professors are held throughout the year.
In addition, we hold an annual McGill Endocrine Retreat, a day-long event attended by staff, fellows and students from throughout the McGill Endocrine Division where the subspecialty residents have the opportunity to present their research and become familiar with their colleagues’ work at McGill.