Contact Information

Pediatrics


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: (301) 295-3130
Fax: (301) 295-3898

Department Chair

Ildy Katona, MD, CAPT, USN (Retired)
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine

Secretary: Ms. Daphne Thomas
Email: daphne.thomas@usuhs.edu

Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship of the National Capital Consortium

Introduction

The Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship Program of the National Capital Consortium is a three year ACGME-accredited program designed to train active duty pediatricians for competency and subspecialty board eligibility in pediatric endocrinology. The program exists in affiliation with the combined National Capital Consortium pediatric residency program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda (WRNMMCB).

Clinical training in the fellowship program is conducted at: 1). WRNMMCB, which includes an outpatient clinic, the pediatric inpatient service, pediatric intensive care unit, mother-baby unit, and neonatal intensive care unit, and 2). Outreach clinics at Fort Belvoir (VA), Annapolis (MD), Andrews Air Force Base (MD), and Fort Bragg (NC). In addition to these busy general pediatric endocrinology clinics, fellows also participate in several multi-disciplinary clinics, to include Diabetes clinic, Long-term cancer survivor's clinic, Cystic Fibrosis clinic, and Healthy Habits (obesity) clinic. Rotations at affiliated institutions include one at the National Institute of Child Health and Development, NIH (Bethesda, MD), one at the Children's National Medical Center (CNMC, Washington, DC) or Fairfax INOVA (VA), as well as Adult endocrinology at WRNMMCB.

Objectives

The program is designed to graduate competent, caring pediatric endocrinologists who pursue careers as physician-educators and/or academicians. Graduates are prepared to become future leaders in the military pediatric and medical community.

Format

The fellowship is organized to include both clinical and research time during each of the 3 years of fellowship. To allow adequate time for completion of a required research project, the fellowship is organized to allow for increased research time during the second and third years but with continued clinical responsibility to allow for continuity of patient care. Fellows participate in regular academic conferences within the pediatric endocrinology department and in conjunction with the NCC adult endocrine and NIH pediatric endocrine fellowship programs. Fellows are also provided ample opportunity to teach the NCC pediatric residents as lecturers in the department morning report lecture series and are encouraged to participate as mentors for the USUHS medical students.

Research

An intensive research experience is required of all fellows by the American Board of Pediatrics. The program offers training, ideas, encouragement, mentoring, and commitment to assure completion, presentation and publication of a successful project. There are opportunities to participate in both clinical and basic science research. Research is currently being performed on obesity, diabetes epidemiology, and the molecular basis of thyroid cancer invasion and metastasis. The basic science laboratory of the Department of Pediatrics at USUHS consists of 2000 square feet of space equipped for cell culture and molecular biology, to include RNA and DNA extraction, Northern, Western and Southern blotting and polymerase chain reaction analysis. Gene synthesizers, automated nucleic acid sequencers, and protein sequencing are also available. Funding and education opportunities through the Walter Reed Department of Research Programs and the USUHS Office of Research exist and these departments provide services and support through the entire research process from project development through publication and presentation. The fellowship program builds on the strengths of the research community at USUHS and WRNMMCB, allowing the fellows flexibility in choosing a research project(s) and providing the mentoring necessary for success.

Qualifications and Application

Candidates must be board certified or board eligible in Pediatrics and be active duty members of one of the Uniformed Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Public Health Service). Applicants must apply through and be sponsored for postdoctoral training by the Graduate Medical Education office of their respective branch of service. Requests for training should list the Pediatric Endocrinology Program of the NCC as their site of choice. Application deadlines are usually in September and are determined by the individual services. Where feasible applicants are encouraged to visit and arrange personal interviews with faculty members. If a visit is not practical, applicants should contact the program director and submit a curriculum vitae to the section office.

Faculty

Karen S. Vogt, LTC, MC, USA - Program Director
Jill E. Emerick, CDR, MC, USN - Chief, Pediatric Endocrinology
Kirk E. Jensen, Lt. Col, MC, USAF
Rita Svec, M.D., COL (ret)

Adjunct Faculty

Vasyl Vasko, M.D. Ph.D, - USUHS, Department of Pediatrics
Cheryl Issa, RD - Pediatric nutritionist

Additional information, application instructions and program requirements are available through:

Program Coordinator
franklin.abram@usuhs.edu
(301) 319-0708

Or

Karen S. Vogt, M.D.
LTC, MC, USA
Program Director, Pediatric Endocrinology, NCC
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda
4954 North Palmer Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20889
Phone: (301) 400-1725; FAX: (301) 295-6173
email:karen.s.vogt.mil@health.mil