Endocrinology Rotation

Educational Objectives (PGY 1-2)


  • Assess patients with pituitary tumours or parasellar pathology for evidence of hypopituitarism or hyperfunction (Acromegaly, Cushing’s disease and Prolactin excess)
  • Manage diabetes insipidus and Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone (SIADH)
  • Manage Addisonian crisis
  • Recognize the effects of corticosteroid therapy on diabetes mellitus in neurosurgical patients and be able to adjust diabetes management accordingly


  • Establish therapeutic relationships with patients and their families in the clinic, emergency room and on the inpatient units.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and families in order to obtain through, focused histories during patient care encounters
  • Present consultations including detailed history, physical exam and findings of investigations to senior residents and attending staff.
  • Document consultations including history, physical examination, findings of investigations and outline of the management plan (both written and dictated as appropriate).
  • Update patients and family relevant information regarding their condition and management plan with appropriate supervision


  • Work/collaborate effectively as a member of the interdisciplinary care team, fostering a positive team environment
  • Consult other medical and surgical specialities appropriately in the care of the patients
  • Demonstrate a safe and accurate written and/or verbal handover of patient issues to colleagues
  • Listen and respond appropriately to concerns of other health care providers


  • Manage own time, education and personal life to ensure balanced lifestyle


  • Recognize and respond to determinants of health in patients with endocrinological diagnoses including socio-economic status


  • Actively participate in weekly rounds/educational activities
  • Identify and seek out personal learning needs related to cases encountered on the endocrinology service
  • Facilitate patient, student and peer learning


  • Foster collegial relationships with staff and residents, nurses and other allied health professionals
  • Exhibit appropriate professional behaviors in practice, including honesty, integrity, commitment, compassion, timeliness, respect and altruism
  • Show appropriate respect for opinions of other health care providers
  • Be able to appraise and identify own limits with respect to knowledge and patient care, and when to ask for assistance and consult effectively.