IU School of Medicine



The student will participate in evaluation and management of infants, children and adolescents with endocrine disease, including diabetes mellitus. The student will participate in rounds and follow-up of hospitalized patients, and time will be allotted each week to spend in Diabetes Clinic and Endocrine Clinic, typically most afternoons. The outpatient and ward experience will be supplemented with discussions of assigned reading material. This elective is recommended for students interested in careers in Pediatrics, Medicine/Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: John S. Fuqua, MD (jsfuqua@iu.edu)

Director: John Fuqua, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Discuss the inpatient and outpatient treatment of diabetes in children (MK4)
  • 2) Recognize commonly seen outpatient endocrine disorders in children, including short stature, precocious and delayed puberty, and thyroid disorders (PC2)
  • 3) Evaluate disorders of calcium metabolism (PC3)
  • 4) Discuss the endocrine regulation of fluid and electrolytes (MK1)
  • 5) Evaluate a patient for causes of hypoglycemia (MK2)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; Pediatric clerkship must be completed

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 45

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 5% Lecture; 15% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: John S. Fuqua, MD (jsfuqua@iu.edu)

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Students on this elective will work with Certified Diabetes Educators (nurse practitioners, RNs, and dietitians) to develop plans for education of selected patients with newly diagnosed diabetes mellitus.

Service Learning Included: None