Freshman and sophomore students receive endocrinology didactics that contain an appropriate level of clinical exposure but clinical knowledge is not the main focus. Junior and senior students on the Endocrinology Consult Service are educated with the main focus being on clinical knowledge and patient care. Third and fourth year students participate in both clinics and hospital consultations. Students see follow-ups and new patients. All patient encounters are closely supervised by endocrine faculty.
The main clinic in which all students participate is the General Endocrinology Clinic. It is a public clinic, and as such, a wide variety of disorders and severity of disease states are seen. All areas of endocrinology are represented.
Fourth year students also participate in private clinics of the Faculty Group Practice.
Consultations occur at the Interim LSU Hospital. Students are expected to see all consults. They review the cases with the residents and/or fellows. During rounds, students present the cases and discuss them.
To help the Section of Endocrinology assess its teaching effectiveness, students complete a short quiz at the beginning and the end of the rotation.