General Endocrinology

LOCATION: Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, West Virginia
PRECEPTORS: Stephen Grubb, MD or Steven Artz, MD
DURATION: 2 or 4 weeks
OFFERED: Continuously
STATUS: Elective


To familiarize the student with the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of a variety of endocrine and metabolic disorders. Emphasis will be placed on the approach to common endocrine conditions, including thyroid diseases, diabetes mellitus, hyper-calcemia, hirsutism and menstrual disorders. Appropriate use and interpretation of laboratory studies and scanning procedures will be stressed.

Methods to Achieve Objectives

Students will perform in the Endocrine Clinic 2-3 half days per week. Students will perform the initial evaluation of all in-hospital consultations and will write consultation and follow-up notes following discussion with the attending. Students will have the opportunity to observe thyroid scans performed and to correlate results with clinical findings. Frequent discussion sessions with the attending will be held to amplify the clinical material and to touch on important but less commonly encountered endocrine problems. Students will attend bi-monthly reproductive endocrinology luncheon conferences. Students may participate in student-initiated or ongoing endocrine research projects by special arrangement with one of the faculty.

Examination Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

Available in the department.

Pre-Rotation Instructions

On the first day of rotations, page attending physician at 8:00 AM.