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April, 2016

Passion: The missing autocrine hormone.

At our recent board meeting discussion focused on why endocrinology remains a somewhat unpopular and unexplored career choice for fellows and trainees. With changes in practice patterns, reimbursement, and barriers to adequate patient care for many endocrine disorders, especially diabetes, many endocrinologists, both in academics and in private practice, have lost their enthusiasm and passion for what traditionally has been one of the most if not the most intellectually stimulating and satisfying sub-specialties. This lack of enthusiasm is often visible to trainees, diminishing the interest in our most enjoyable specialty. 

We discussed how we at EFF can help restore the excitement of endocrinology as a career choice. It is clear it is much too late to change the perspective of those of us who have already made the choice of academics or clinical practice. It is also clear that the greatest passion for our field lies with you, the fellows and young investigators in endocrinology. If we are to be successful in recruiting new minds and thought leaders into endocrinology, it begins with you. Share your enthusiasm and passion for our field with the medical students and residents you come in contact with as often as possible as mentors are too depressed with the demands of their day to remember the passions that brought them into the field in the first place.

The future of endocrinology does not lie with us, the generation before, but with you the fellows. Although at this stage of your career, confidence and visibility often are in short supply, it is with passion enthusiasm and a positive view of the future that we hope to pass along to you. We at EFF hope that we can share that light with the trainees that follow you.

We look forward to an exciting academic year and EFF programming and hope that our enthusiasm for fellow educational and research opportunity results in some remarkable experiences for each of you in the coming year.

Dr. Mark Stolar

 The EFF is a 501c(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to foster the advancement of fellows in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism through mentoring, education, research funding and career support. ©
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