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The pediatric endocrinologist is involved in teaching about endocrine patients that are admitted to Mercy Children's Hospital and incorporates the residents fully into their care. This includes acutely ill children as well as children who need endocrine testing to diagnose their specific endocrine problem.
The pediatric endocrinology elective is designed for residents who want to be exposed to a broad spectrum of pediatric endocrine and metabolic diseases. Their experience includes exposure to management of various complicated and chronic endocrine and metabolic diseases in both the in-patient and outpatient settings.
Residents also become competent in working with an interdisciplinary team of social workers, health educators, and nurses who assist in the care of children with endocrine disorders.
Inaddition, residents read current endocrine literature and present a lecture on a
pediatric endocrine topic of their choice at the end of their
elective in Pediatric Endocrinology. The residents also take a pre- and post-test
to assess the effectiveness of the rotation and help to
determine what changes might be made to improve the educational aspects of the rotation
for learners. These tests are also used individually with
the residents to point out areas that might need additional focus and areas in which
they are quite proficient.
James M. Horner, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology