Our Goal 

The goal of the Vanderbilt Endocrinology Clinical Fellowship Program is to train excellent physicians who will be scholars and national leaders in their fields. Our expectation is that all fellows will become outstanding clinicians and have the opportunity to be trained to make research discoveries.

Program Overview

The adult Endocrinology Clinical Fellowship Program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine offers a 2-year clinically intensive or 3-year research-intensive program for those individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in academic endocrinology and metabolism. The program is intended to provide a firm grounding in clinical endocrinology, as well as makes available an intensive research experience for those interested. Vanderbilt has been training endocrine fellows for 60 years, and there are over 200 graduates of the program. Many of these program graduates are physician-scientists and leaders at academic institutions in the United States and around the world, while others have leadership positions in industry or practice endocrinology in university-affiliated groups.  The Vanderbilt Endocrinology Clinical Fellowship Program is one of the leading programs in the country as reflected by its NIH funding and its recognition in the US News and World Report rankings.

Clinical training is carried out at both the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and at the adjacent Veteran's Administration Hospital.  Fellows receive training in both inpatient and outpatient endocrinology over the fellowship.  The first year requires approximately 8-10 blocks of 2 weeks each on the inpatient consult services of the two hospitals. Outpatient experience takes place in half-day continuity outpatient clinics in general endocrinology and various subspecialties.  The second and third years are modified based on the trainees' career goals with responsibilities in both clinical and research fields. The fellows also develop their skills as educators in formal and informal teaching settings with medical students and other affiliated medical staff.  We have a didactic curriculum including a lecture series, internal medicine and endocrine grand rounds and visiting lectureships.

Program Leadership

Division Director: Alvin C. Powers, M.D.


Program Director: James M. May, M.D.


Co-Associate Program Director: Lindsay Ann Bischoff, M.D.


Co-Associate Program Director: Chase D. Hendrickson, M.D., M.P.H.


Program Manager: Jan Botts Hicks


Helpful Links

American Diabetes Association (ADA)
American Thryoid Association
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
Endocrine Fellows Foundation
The Endocrine Society
Vanderbilt "Eskind" Diabetes Center
Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
Vanderbilt Diabetes Research & Training Center (DRTC)
Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical & Translational Research (VICTR/CTSA)
Vanderbilt Research Cores & Shared Resources