Located in the beautiful Piedmont of Northwestern North Carolina, Wake Forest School of Medicine has a long tradition of excellence in clinical endocrinology. A broad referral area provides a wealth of clinical material. The medical center is well-known for its research in diabetes, lipid metabolism, women's health, and minority health care, with investigation spanning the spectrum from genetic and biochemical to epidemiological and public health. WFU ranks in the top third nationally for NIH funding, and combines academic excellence with a warm, supportive environment for learning and for living.  US News and World Report ranked Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as the 25th best endocrinology program in the United States in 2007. 

Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship

The fellowship is a 2-year experience, with one fellow accepted every year. The training program is fully compliant with ACGME guidelines and received the maximal length of accreditation, with no citations, in the 2007 review. A Multidisciplinary Thyroid Disease Clinic is one of many strengths of the program, and fellows will become expert at procedures such as thyroid ultrasonography and fine needle aspiration. The passing rate on the certifying board examination in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism has been 100% over the past 30 years. 

Major Goals of the Endocrinology Fellowship Training Program

Our fellowship program in Endocrinology is small, strongly oriented to patient care, and personable.  Our highest value is excellence in patient care, and education is always the first priority. Specific areas of faculty interest and research include diabetes, lipid metabolism, atherosclerosis, the endocrinology of women's health, and medical education.

Clinical Training

Clinical training involves exposure to a diverse group of patients with the full spectrum of endocrine disorders, seen in the context of outpatient consultations, outpatient continuing care experiences, and inpatient consultations.

Training Experiences and Rotations

The fellowship encompasses all areas of endocrinology, including rotations in reproductive endocrinology, pediatric endocrinology, and nuclear medicine. A dedicated thyroid disorders clinic gives each fellow rich experience in thyroid ultrasound and fine needle aspiration biopsies. Interpretation of bone density testing and experience in use of insulin infusion pumps are featured in the fellowship.


Our Endocrine conference: Wednesdays at 1:00 am-2:00 pm September - May in GI Seminar room that is located on the E floor of the Nutrition building. Thyroid conference is Fridays at 7:30am - 8:30 am September-May in GI Seminar room that is located on the E floor of the Nutrition building.

Stipend and Benefits

The annual stipend for the first-year fellow will be approximately $45,000 and increases approximately 3-5% per year.  Benefits include professional liability insurance, medical insurance/hospitalization, life insurance, disability insurance, lab coats, duplicating services, and paid sick leave.  In addition, the trainee receives three weeks of paid vacation per year and an additional week to be used to attend meetings or participate in other scholarly activities.

Entry Criteria

Our fellows are expected to be board-eligible or board-certified graduates of ACGME-accredited internal medicine programs.

To Apply

Applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service, ERAS. (LINK TO http://www.aamc.org/audienceeras.htm).  The selection process uses "the match" system of the National Resident Match Program, NRMP.  For more information on this selection process, click here

For more information, or if you have questions, please contact the program director, K. Patrick Ober MD or the program administrator, Mollie Draughon, at 336-713 7251.


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