Conferences and Lectures

The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology provides a variety of education and training experiences including lectures and conferences. 

Weekly Conferences

Clinical Pediatric Endocrinology Syllabus

Fellows are exposed to a rigorous didactic course that encompasses all the major areas in pediatric endocrinology, endocrine genetics, physiology, and diabetes mellitus.  Clinically oriented lectures highlight the molecular and cellular aspects of endocrine problems encountered in children. The Pediatric Endocrine Faculty members participate in this didactic forum to highlight advances in basic science and clinical tools. Lectures by faculty, invited guests and fellows highlight the clinical care and physiology of specific topics in pediatric endocrinology. Trainees give didactic lectures reviewing pertinent subject material at least once every six months.

Board Review

The pediatric endocrinology fellows have established an independent weekly meeting to review all topics in pediatric endocrinology in preparation for the Pediatric Endocrinology Board Examination.

Pediatric Endocrine Research Conferences

Research conferences focus on discovery in the context of clinical, basic, and translational research. One or two research conferences are held each month. The speakers include invited speakers, faculty members, or fellows. 

Pediatric Endocrine Journal Club

All trainees and pediatric endocrine faculty are required to participate in monthly Journal Club. Fellows have the primary responsibility for choosing and presenting the article(s) under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Through these sessions, trainees acquire medical/scientific knowledge, learn critical analytic skills, and facilitate discussion of translational implications.

Pediatric Endocrine Clinical Conference

The Pediatric Endocrine faculty, trainees, residents on rotation and medical students participate in this weekly patient-oriented interactive case discussion.

Children's Hospital Pediatric Molecular Medicine Research Seminar Series

These one-hour presentations by outstanding invited speakers and faculty from the Department of Pediatrics as well as faculty from other departments focus on the latest advances in basic and translational research. Faculty and trainees attend these conferences. This conference is held weekly on Tuesdays at noon.

Pediatric Grand Rounds

This required weekly conference features local and prominent guest speakers presenting topics relevant to pediatrics.

University-wide Endocrine Conference

This unique conference includes both pediatric and adult endocrinologists, Local and prominent guests speak at this weekly combined conference at 8 am on Fridays. Topics span the spectrum from research to updates on clinical topics. Faculty and trainees from Adult, Pediatric, and Reproductive Endocrinology, attend.

Zitelli Rounds

This is a Multidisciplinary case conference of rare cases led by the pediatrics residents. Endocrine faculty and fellows participate as consulting specialists on cases to assist with the diagnostic evaluation and interpretation of laboratory findings and share important teaching points. 

Unified Fellows Course

Sessions in this year long course present a variety of topics to the pediatric subspecialty fellows. Topics include Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) subjects, IRB applications, grant writing, advocacy skills, networking, communication skills, quality improvement, and wellness

Required Courses

Trainees are required to take University of Pittsburgh web-based courses Integrity in human research. Depending on the specific research project, fellows may be required to take the Radiation Safety Course given by the Radiation Safety Office which covers basic principles of radiation risk, general protection, shielding and disposal and/or the Laboratory Animal Care and Use given by the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources.

Other Courses Available as Indicated for Individual Trainees

Senior Vice Chancellor‘s Research Seminars are are monthly state of the art lectures describing cutting edge research by faculty of the School of Medicine.  Conferences at C3M are monthly conferences/white board discussions at University Club library, University of Pittsburgh.


“Pediatric Endocrine Update for the Primary Care Provider” is an annual lecture series, directed by Dr. Oscar Escobar and cosponsored by the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the Human Growth Foundation. This one-day symposium of selected endocrine lectures is intended to provide a refresher on common pediatric endocrinology issues for pediatric primary care providers and trainees.