UIC/RUSH Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program

Program Overview

Welcome! We are Chicago’s newest pediatric endocrinology fellowship program, started in the fall of 2014. We are a comprehensive three-year training program, fully accredited by the ACGME. The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System is at the epicenter of many of the changes our healthcare system is undergoing, creating exciting and unique training opportunities. Our mission is to provide the knowledge, skills and attributes that will allow fellows to become excellent and competent pediatric endocrinologists.

RUSH University Children’s Hospital delivers comprehensive, high quality, innovative family-centered excellence in child health services while promoting the most impactful research and the highest innovation in education.

The first year of training focuses on mastering basic concepts in eliciting relevant clinical history, performing physical examinations, and developing management plans. The second and third years focuses on conducting clinical or basic science research, teaching residents and medical students, in addition to achieving further experience and confidence to practice independently. The program also aims to prepare fellows for board certification.

Program Goals

  • Instill in our fellows the desire to provide comprehensive care of patients who have complex medical problems, assume risk and full responsibility for the medical outcome of their prescribed therapies, and be a leader and/or member of a multidisciplinary medical management team that is involved in the care of their patients
  • Instill in our fellows the need to think analytically and make prudent judgments based on the critical review and assessment of all venues, including a comprehensive history, physician exam, the medical and scientific literature, and diagnostic modalities, which are available to them to address the complex medical and theoretical problems that they encounter in the care of their patients
  • Empower our fellows to always be inquisitive and pose questions surrounding established methods of treatment, develop and test hypotheses based on their direct patient interactions and a critical review of the literature, to acquire new knowledge that challenges the status quo
  • Foster the humanistic and ethical characteristics inherent in a caring, compassionate and supportive physician which is an essential hallmark of the profession of medicine

Roxana L. Aguirre Castaneda, MD
Program Director, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program

Carla Minutti, MD
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program