Welcome from the Program Director:
We welcome you to the Fellowship Program of the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Our mission is to provide outstanding training in the field of adult endocrinology to highly qualified physicians with interest in both clinical and academic careers.  Our Faculty includes nationally and internationally recognized leaders in various fields of endocrinology and many of our graduates hold academic positions at prestigious universities across the country.   

Elena I. Barengolts, M.D.

Brief Program description:
The Endocrine Fellowship Training Program offers opportunities for training in both the clinical and research aspects of endocrinology and metabolism. The scope and structure of the clinical program is designed to fulfill both ACGME and ABIM requirements. Fellows can choose to focus on training in Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism through a two year training track.  Alternatively, candidates targeting a career in academic medicine can apply for a combined 3 year program in Clinical and Research Endocrinology and Metabolism, supported in part by a training grant from the National Institutes of Health http://chicago.medicine.uic.edu/nihdonrestraining.  Trainees completing this program also will be board eligible in Endocrinology and Metabolism, and have a variety of opportunities for in-depth training in clinical, translational or basic research, with a special emphasis on diabetes, nutrition and obesity.   

The goal of the program is to provide comprehensive, academically-based training and experience that would give opportunities to the fellows for developing the cognitive knowledge, interpersonal skills, professional attitudes, and practical competence required to function as consultants in the field of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism.   

Consultative and longitudinal care is provided in the outpatient clinics and fellows participate in both. Fellows are expected to follow his/her longitudinal patients for the duration of his/her training. Fellows typically attend 2 to 3 clinic sessions per week. The core clinics that provide continuity throughout training are the UIC General Endocrinology Clinic and the Jesse Brown VA General Endocrine Clinic. Other clinics offer exposure to special topics (pediatric endocrinology, gynecological endocrinology, and menopause), and demonstrate different medical settings. 

The subspecialty training program in Endocrinology and Metabolism is a combined program among three institutions: The University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, Jesse Brown Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center, and Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center.

The University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago was founded in 1882 to serve the healthcare needs of the people of Illinois. Over 600 primary care physicians and specialists provide high quality primary and referral care to patients from the city, state and around the world. The University Hospital is a modern 424-bed facility with seven specialized intensive care units. The University of Illinois at Chicago Health Sciences Center includes the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Associated Health Professions, Nursing and the School of Public Health, all of which interact regularly with the medicine housestaff. The University of Illinois Medical Center is ranked one of the nation's best teaching hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. The new UIC Outpatient Care Center, which opened in 1999, is a state-of-the-art facility with a fully computerized medical record system. Its 245,000 square feet house all subspecialty and general medicine outpatient services and The Women's Health Center.

Jesse Brown Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center, which recently celebrated its 50 years of academic partnership with the UIC College of Medicine, is a tertiary care facility with 250 beds and a modern ambulatory care center. Primary care services are divided into four practices and are based on the "continuity of care model". The total number of visits in the Ambulatory Care Center is among the highest of all the VA facilities. All faculty hold academic appointments at the UIC, and many are involved in various research projects ranging from molecular biology to outcomes research.

Advocate-Christ Hospital and Medical Center is a 792 bed private facility with more than 600 physicians. The Hospital has an University of Illinois-affiliated Internal Medicine training program. Since opening in 1961, it has become the largest health care provider in Chicago's southwest suburb.


We will begin recrutiment for 2013 in July.  We will be accepting applications through ERAS. Due to budgetary issues, we are unable to accept applicants that are currently on H1-B visas.  

The following documents MUST be submitted:

All correspondance should be addressed to:
Elena Barengolts, MD, Program Director, Section of Endocrinology Training Program.

The University of Illinois policy is to be in full compliance with all federal and state nondiscrimation and equal opportunity laws, order, and regulations, and it will not discriminate against any persons because of race, color, sex, religion, handicap, or national origin in any of its educational programs and activities.

Mailing Address:

University of Illinois at Chicago
Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
1819 West Polk Street M/C 640
Chicago, IL 60612


ENDOCRINE GRAND ROUNDS: Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. which showcases nationally and internationally renowned speakers. In addition, Section faculty and fellows make regular presentations on current topics in endocrinology given as a journal club format (defined below). Once a month, endocrinology faculty and staff from Rush College of Medicine, John Stroger Jr.-Cook County Hospital and UIC-participating hospitals come together for a combined conference. The second hour of Endocrine Grand Rounds focuses on case presentations.

Case Presentations: Fellows or faculty focus on presentation and in-depth discussion of one or two cases seen in the clinic or on consult service.

Click Here to find the schedule and topics of Endocrine-related Conferences

: Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. cover a variety of topics related to endocrine basic knowledge, clinical skills, procedures, laboratory data, radiological reports and fine needle aspiration interpretation, and board preparation. On a monthly basis two additional conferences are held, Basic Science Review and Research-In-Progress are attended by both fellows and faculty members.

Basic Science Review
: This is an in-depth review of the literature related to basic science knowledge in endocrinology.

: Fellows, faculty or invited researches present the rationale, design and results of their research efforts.



First Year Fellows

Tira Chaicha - Pager 9606

Valeriu Neagu- Pager 9991

Samina Syed - Pager 5846


Second Year Fellows

Victoria Ryvkin , MD - Pager 9396

Avni Vora , MD - Pager 4094

Buvana Manickam - Pager 1218


Living in Chicago

The training you will receive in the Endocrinology Fellowship Program occurs in the setting of one of the most beautiful and sophisticated cities in the United States, providing trainees and their families with amazing opportunities. Chicago is a city of over 8 million residents. The Second City is second to none, with affordable living and superb entertainment options. Chicago Theater is vibrant with an estimated 200 resident troops including the internationally known Steppenwolf and LookingGlass Theaters. Both the Lyric Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) are internationally recognized as leaders in their fields. Modern dance fans can attend Hubbard Street and the Joffrey, the latter recently relocated to Chicago from New York in recognition of the city's dynamic arts scene. Over 30 museums make their home in Chicago, including the Art Institute, the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the ever popular Chicago Kids Museum. Summer brings an explosion of activity to the lake front with Taste of Chicago, Jazz Fest, and of course Blues Fest. No one leaves Chicago without becoming an aficionado of the Blues.

To learn more about our city visit the CHICAGO HOMEPAGE at www.ci.chi.il.us

Our Mission

Faculty and Staff

Patient Care