Medical Students

Year 4 Endocrinology Elective

Course Director: Kavya Mekala, MD

Course Overview:

  • Students will see inpatient Endocrinology consultations requested by other hospital services and will participate in consult rounds on the Endocrinology service. Students will participate in Endocrinology Clinics with attending physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, Endocrinology fellows and residents. 

Course Objectives:

  • Development of the ability to diagnose and manage common endocrine disorders including: diabetes, thyroid disorders, lipid disorders, obesity and metabolic bone disease.
  • Development of the ability to recognize less common endocrinopathies including: adrenal disorders, pituitary disorders, gonadal dysfunction and calcium disorders.
  •  Development of the ability to begin initial evaluation and know when to request sub-specialty consultation.

    Responsibilities and expectations:
    Inpatient Endocrinology Consultations:

    • Initial evaluation and assessment of consult patients
    • Daily monitoring of consult patients' courses and progress
    • Students will write complete H&Ps in the WakeOne system, as well as daily progress notes on patients for whom they are caring on the service, as directed by the Endocrinology fellow &/or consult service attending physician.

    Endocrinology Clinic:

    • Students will see both established and new patients with house staff and faculty.
    • There will be opportunities to see patients independently and to shadow providers in the ambulatory setting.
    • Students will also work with nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified diabetes educators,with expertise in diabetes management, and will attend patient centered education classes regarding diabetes self-management.


    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Years 1-3
    Length of Program: 4 weeks
    Maximum Number of Students per Block: 2
    When Offered: All Rotation Blocks

    Contact Information: 
    Lisa Sharpe
    Endocrinology Elective Student Course Coordinator

    Report To:
    Endocrinology Clinic
    4610 Country Club Rd
    Winston Salem, NC 27104


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