The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center hosted a “Preceptorial in Diabetes”, sponsored by the Endocrine Fellows Foundation, (EFF) which offered seven fellows from around the country a front row view of the vigorous research and quality clinical programs at the Berrie Center. “It was a full week of opportunity for the fellows to experience the richness of what we do here,” said Dr. Magdalena Bogun, who lead the week along with Dr. John P. Bilezikian, M.D. of the Division of Endocrinology at Columbia. “We could have used another full week and it still would have been just the tip of the iceberg.”
The EFF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster the advancement of fellows in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism through mentoring, education, research, funding and career support. A preceptorial is a method of study where a small group of students meets in regular conference with faculty members.
There were faculty conferences with Berrie Center Co-Director Robin Goland, MD, J. Merrill Eastman Professor of Clinical Diabetes, who talked about the epidemiology and pathophysiology of type 1 diabetes prevention trials; Ophthalmologist Daniel Casper, MD, PhD, who spoke about diabetic eye disease; Geneticist Wendy Chung, MD, PhD, who talked of monogenic diabetes and stem-cell biologist Dieter Egli, PhD, who conducted a session on novel therapies in diabetes.
There was a hands-on session with Berrie Center diabetes educator Courtney Melrose, RD, CDE, MPH,on new insulin pumps, sensors and hybrid systems. The fellows also attended the weekly Tuesday lunch group on unusual diabetes cases. Co-Director Rudy Leibel, MD, the Christopher J. Murphy Memorial Professor of Diabetes Research, spoke to the fellows about the molecular physiology of body weight regulation.
All told the fellows had nearly 30 different learning sessions over five days—and on the sixth day, Saturday, it was the 20th Annual Frontiers in Diabetes Research Symposium, devoted to the biological bases of complications of diabetes.
“The Endocrine Fellows Foundation Diabetes Preceptorship at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center was a wonderful educational experience,” said Stephanie Kim, MD, from the University of California at San Francisco. “The lectures covered various aspects of diabetes care, focusing on a multidisciplinary approach, as well as novel treatment options and emerging research in the field. I'm very grateful for this opportunity!”