Medical Student & Resident Education

The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology is committed to providing quality medical education for medical students, residents, and fellows. We have an active fellowship program and also provide inpatient and outpatient opportunities for residents and medical students.

Medical Students

Pediatric Endocrinology faculty are active in providing didactic education to UT Southwestern Medical School students. We offer two electives for fourth-year pediatric clerkships that provide in-depth exposure and care to patients with diabetes and endocrinologic diseases.


We play a significant role in the education of the residents at Children's Medical Center Dallas and UT Southwestern. As one of the largest endocrine and diabetes clinics in the country, we are able to offer residents a very broad experience.

The following education goals can be accomplished while rotating through the Division. 

  • The resident will become familiar with normal growth patterns in children, normal variants of growth, and be able to assess normal and abnormal patterns of pubertal development.
  • The resident will be able to interpret endocrine function tests and to perform/recommend appropriate diagnostic/screening tests for common endocrine complaints or referrals including thyroid disorders, short stature, disorders of puberty, and newborn screening of endocrine disorders.
  • The resident will become familiar with the management of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes through experience in the inpatient and outpatient clinics. This experience can also include management of diabetes in a camp setting.

Resident Rotation

The Pediatric Endocrine elective is typically offered during both the second and third years of residency and occasionally during the first year residency for those who have the opportunity to take an elective. Residents participate mainly in outpatient situations; however, if participation in inpatient rotation activities, such as rounding on the endocrine floor patients or performing consultations is desired, this can be arranged with the specific faculty members attending at the time of the rotation.

The outpatient experience is quite varied and includes seeing a variety of new and established patients in the outpatient clinic. Residents work with different attending physicians on a daily basis and are exposed to the entire endocrine spectrum in this setting. Clinical findings on exams and plans of management are discussed with the attending physician. This experience is augmented by appropriate teaching materials provided to the resident. Endocrine clinic is held daily and participating residents may elect to concentrate their experience in the outpatient diabetic and endocrine education programs, including insulin pump management and newly established diabetes.

During June and July, there are opportunities for rotating residents to spend time at Camp Sweeney, the largest residential diabetes camp for children in the country. Residents can rotate for up to two weeks and participate in the diabetes management and pediatric care of more than 200 children with diabetes.

Dr. Ernesto Fernandez with kids at Camp Sweeney
Ernesto Fernandez, M.D., with kids at Camp Sweeney