Pediatric Endocrinology Training Program (PETP) T32

Developmental Origins of Metabolic Disorders

Overview 

This postdoctoral research training program in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the University of Michigan has two main goals:

  1. To provide high quality research training in one of two major tracks, Basic Science or Clinical Investigation and Epidemiology to pediatricians and basic scientists demonstrating a career commitment to academic pediatric endocrinology and metabolism 
  2. To provide an interdisciplinary research environment for the successful training of young physician-scientist in the specific area of mechanisms playing a role in the impact of early life events on metabolic disorders in post-natal life.

The Pediatric Endocrinology Training Program (PETP) will provide 2 years of intensive postdoctoral research training for M.D. and Ph.D. trainees in an individualized and closely-mentored research training program designed to best fit each trainee’s skills and interests. For the physician-scientist, this program will be integrated with the ongoing ACGME approved fellowship program to include a one year intensive training in clinical pediatric endocrinology, which will be funded with non-NIH monies. In order to provide outstanding mentorship for the trainees, the PETP will be actively supported by 11 established investigators from 7 different departments at the University of Michigan, 2 Research Centers housed at 2 Schools (Medicine, Public Health) and 2 independent, interdisciplinary research units (UM Office of Research, Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute), all with extensive research and mentoring experience within their respective areas of expertise.  Each trainee will be mentored by a clinical/basic dyad of mentors to provide strong footing on hypothesis-driven translational research, centering on developmental origin of metabolic diseases. The emphasis is on disorders of glucose metabolism, neurobiology of eating behavior, and brain reward systems, and the impact of environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals and stress on metabolism. The overarching goal is to foster academic careers that will improve children's health and thereby, the health of the population in the United States. 

Physician-Scientist Trainee Selection

The Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program accepts applications through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) starting in August of each year for fellowship starting on July 1st  of the following year. 

Qualifications

All physician candidates will be considered for a position if they meet the following criteria: 

  1. Satisfactory completion or anticipated completion of an ACGME and/or AACOM Accredited Pediatric Clinical Residency Program in the United States.
  2. Certification or anticipated eligibility for the American Board of Pediatrics.
  3. Demonstrated academic commitment to the subspecialty field of interest in the form of scholarly publications and/or research endeavors.
  4. Satisfactory letters of recommendation from the Program Director and three faculty members in their residency program of origin.
  5. Willingness to visit Ann Arbor for a formal interview process.  

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity 

Postdoctoral positions are available to study mechanisms leading to Developmental Origins of Metabolic Disorders.  The candidate chooses mentors who are exploring possible mechanisms of metabolic dysfunction at a cellular and molecular, physiological, behavioral and/or clinical level in a developmental context. 

Qualifications

  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in physiology, bioengineering, cell and molecular biology, or a related field from an accredited program. The position is funded by a recent training award from NIH-NIDDK.    
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is necessary due to training grant requirements. 
  • 1/2 page essay on how your application fits with the developmental programming theme. 

For further information, contact individual investigators (PDF) based on your research interest.  Please provide the following items:

  • A detailed inquiry letter describing research experience, interests, and short and long term career goals 
  • Curriculum vitae that includes citizenship, mailing or electronic mailing address, degrees and specialty boards with date of award or certification, professional and honorary societies, thesis and publications, previous training support, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcript. 
  • A brief research proposal (2-3 pages following NIH guidelines in which a question is posed, experiments designed in a general sense, and possible results interpreted. Please also submit a time line for completion of proposal, publications, and grant submission. 
  • Three (3) letters of reference. 
  • Name of faculty mentor.  Applicant must contact a “Developmental Origins” faculty member to arrange a mentorship. 
  • All applications must be supported by a “Developmental Origins” faculty member who has agreed to be your mentor.  

Mentor Requirements 

  • Letter of support 
  • Provide list of current funding support
  • Provide explanation of mentor's ability to support the applicant for the term of their appointment.  Explanation should include the source of support for the postdoctoral research project. 
  • Any other materials that will be supportive. 

 Deadlines:  March 1st, June 1st, November 1st

In the selection process for both physician scientist and post-doctoral research trainees, we have a commitment to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, or creed.

We believe that diversity improves medical education. It provides a broadening, more stimulating, and thought-provoking environment for everyone; enhances our trainees’ ability to see problems from different perspectives; teaches how to interact with families, patients, faculty and staff who are different from them; and prepares them to succeed in the increasingly diverse world in which they will practice as physicians and academicians.