Endocrinology Fellowship Resources

When preparing for an endocrinology fellowship, it is important to choose resources that will be the most helpful for your individual needs. There are a variety of books, websites, podcasts, and videos available on the subject.

Some resources are more general in nature, while others are more specific. For example, the Endocrine Society offers a website with general information on endocrinology fellowship training.

Podcasts can also be a great way to learn about endocrinology fellowship training; the Mayo Clinic offers a podcast series called ‘Endocrinology basics’, which covers topics such as hormone function and metabolism. Finally, there are numerous videos available on YouTube and other video-sharing websites that provide helpful tips and advice for endocrine fellows-in-training. Ultimately, the best resource for endocrinology fellowship training is one that meets your individual needs and learning style.

Endocrinology Podcasts

This podcast from the Endocrine Society features various leading experts in endocrinology. This can be listened to during your commute to work or on days when reading fatigue sets in. Available on both Google music and Apple iTunes.

This is a free podcast from The Lancet (Diabetes and Endocrinology) Journal. It also features leading experts in the field of endocrinology discussing landmark clinical trials. It can be streamed from the Apple iTunes app.

Read our recent endocrinology podcast update here. A detailed review of various podcasts for medical students, internal medicine residents, fellows and attendings.

Point of Care Endocrinology Books

The best books for clinic and ward rounds during endocrinology fellowship.

A pocket-sized book is critical in perusing high yield facts on the go. Diseases are grouped by pathophysiology, clinical features, investigations, treatment, and follow-up. This book is ideal in the clinic or on the wards and allows for a quick review of facts. Kindly keep this in the side pocket of your white coat.

As an endocrinology fellow, your responsibilities include taking a complete history and physical and formulating a treatment plan. Balancing this with a pre-presentation literature review can be daunting in a fast-paced clinic or inpatient setting where time is a limited resource.

Self Study Books (Rapid Review of General Endocrinology)

These are good endocrinology books for medical students and internal medicine residents.

Manual of Endocrinology and Metabolism (Lippincott Manual Series)
This is a must-read for all fellows in training. The most recent version includes relevant landmark clinical trials. The authors present their rich clinical experience in a simple and easy-to-read format. As an endocrinology fellow, you have an enquiring mind, and this book will settle those queries in a time-efficient manner. 

Endocrine Secrets is a favorite of not only endocrinology fellows, but internal medicine residents and medical students (MS3 and MS4 on clinical endocrinology rotations). The 7th Edition was released on 7th August 2019. It presents endocrinology pearls in a simple question-and-answer format.
If you are familiar with the secrets series, you might choose this as your daily endocrinology self-study text over the Lippincott Manual series.

Basic Science Endocrinology

The book “Endocrine Physiology” from Lange is an excellent resource for those interested in studying the endocrine system. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the structure and function of the endocrine system, as well as its role in regulating metabolism and growth.

Greenspan’s Basic and Clinical Endocrinology from Lange provides a comprehensive overview of the endocrine system, including its structure and function. In addition, the book discusses the implications of endocrine disorders and the treatment options available. The text is well-illustrated and includes a glossary of terms. It is an essential resource for any student or practitioner interested in endocrinology.

Clinical Examination of the Endocrine Patient

An orchidometer is a medical instrument that is used to measure the volume of the male gonads. It consists of a series of graduated beads of different sizes, which are strung on a cord. The orchidometer is placed over the testicles and the beads are then used to estimate the volume of each testicle. The orchidometer is an important tool in andrology and endocrinology, as it can be used to diagnose conditions such as hypogonadism and Klinefelter syndrome.

The Hertel exophthalmometer is a precise, easy-to-use instrument that helps clinicians measure and document changes in a patient’s ocular globe position. It can be used to monitor for and diagnose Thyroid Eye Disease (TED), as well as to track the progress of Graves’ orbitopathy patients during treatment. The hertel exophthalmometer is also helpful in differentiating between true proptosis (eyeball protrusion) and pseudoproptosis (the appearance of eyeball protrusion due to bulging of the surrounding tissues).

Preparing for Presentations during Endocrinology Fellowship

“For more than 65 years, Williams Textbook of Endocrinology has been the gold standard in the field, delivering authoritative guidance on every aspect of adult and pediatric endocrine system disorders” 13th Edition.
This text should not be your daily learning resource. It will take three lifetimes to complete. Use it as a reference material instead. You might have free online access through your program’s library. 

“Endotext is a unique 3 million-word authoritative, comprehensive, continuously up-dated, downloadable, free online textbook, written by 400 experts, and oriented to physicians caring for patients with Endocrine disease…” Endotext.org 

Important Clinical Trials in Endocrinology and Diabetes Care

  • Various landmark trials in endocrinology and diabetes care have been presented using visual abstracts. Alternatively, you may try this introductory course to landmark trials in endocrinology here.
  • Infographics are increasingly being utilized to disseminate medical knowledge to both the scientific and non-scientific communities. Landmark clinical trials are traditionally presented in either purely text-based complete or abstract formats that might inadvertently discourage trainees from perusing them. Educational theories that highlight the dual principle of sensory input can improve short-term memory and, as a result, translate into the consolidation of newly acquired knowledge into long-term memory. 

Preparing for the Endocrinology Board Exams

First, it is important to become familiar with the content of the examination. The Endocrine Society offers study materials that can help candidates to identify areas that need improvement. In addition, practice exams are available from a variety of sources, and these can provide valuable insight into the format and difficulty of the actual test. Finally, candidates should make sure to allow enough time for studying; rushing through the material is likely to lead to problems on test day. By following these simple tips, endocrinologists can ensure that they are fully prepared for the board examination. A recent post about endocrinology board preparation tips.