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Endless Possibilities through SOCIETY AWARDS

As a fellow early career member of The Endocrine Society, I understand the career advancement challenges that undergraduate, medical and graduate students, postdoctoral and medical, fellows, junior faculty, and early career investigators face as we consider a future in endocrinology. Whether your future is in basic or clinical research or clinical practice, publishing, funding, and recognition are critical to reaching your goals. I would like to highlight a few of the many fellowships and awards off ered by The Endocrine Society for those contemplating the possibilities in endocrinology.

If you are considering submitting an abstract for ENDO 2013, The Endocrine Society’s 95th Annual Meeting & Expo, or attending our Early Career Forum or the June workshop in San Francisco on “How to Secure Promotion and Tenure,” check out the travel awards off ered by The Endocrine Society. In particular, the abstract awards off er an opportunity to present your research at a national meeting and receive recognition for your outstanding work. The Early Career Forum and Promotion and Tenure travel awards provide funding to attend these highly successful sessions.

If you are an undergraduate student, medical student, or first-year graduate student, then the Summer Research Fellowship program is for you. This program provides a stipend to participate in an endocrine research project with a mentor from The Endocrine Society and to attend ENDO 2013. The annual meeting off ers symposia and plenary lectures on basic, clinical, and translational research topics in endocrinology, and opportunities to network with peers and members of the Society.

The Society off ers many awards and research fellowships. Here’s a list of the Society awards available for early career professionals. (For more information see www.endo-society.org/awards.)

ENDO Awards and Travel Grants

The Endocrine Society Outstanding Abstract Awards: presented to authors of the best abstracts submitted for ENDO.
Eugenia Rosemberg Abstract Award: given to junior faculty/early career professionals who are within three years of completing a training program. Open to any abstract submitted in the basic science categories.
Clinical Fellows Abstract Awards/Travel Grants in Women’s Health: awarded to topscoring abstracts from clinical endocrine fellows for research in clinically relevant aspects of women’s health. Supported by Pfizer, Inc.
Mara E. Lieberman Memorial Awards: presented to the top-scoring abstracts submitted by women. Award winners must be a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or junior faculty.
The Clinical Research Fellowship and Mentor Awards in Women’s Health: provided to fellows who have submitted abstracts on research in clinically relevant aspects of women’s health. Award winners will be required to present their projects during an oral session competition at ENDO. The mentor of the winning presentation will receive the mentor award. Supported by Pfizer, Inc.

Research Fellowship Awards

The Endocrine Summer Research Fellowships: awarded to undergraduate students enrolled in the third year or beyond at the time of applying or to first-year medical or graduate students.
Clinical Research Fellowship Award: given to clinical endocrine fellows conducting research in clinically relevant aspects of women’s health. Supported by Pfizer, Inc.
Acromegaly Clinical Research Fellowship Award: provided to clinical endocrine fellows conducting research in acromegaly. Supported by Pfizer, Inc.

Conference Travel Grants and Other Society Awards

Early Investigators Award: provided to early career investigators within 10 years of their terminal degree date in recognition of outstanding achievements in endocrine research.
Early Investigators Workshop: given to 50 postdoctoral and clinical fellows for participation in a unique two-day workshop focused on research training and career development.
Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology (FLARE) Awards: provided to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented minority communities in the biomedical sciences to foster participation in leadership and professional development.
International Endocrine Scholars Program: presented to international scholars for participation in research training in labs of Endocrine Society members.
Medical Student Achievement Awards: presented to outstanding M.D. or D.O. students who exhibit a strong interest in endocrinology.
Minority Access Program (MAP) Summer Research and Career Development: given to undergraduates from groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences for participation in summer research internships and career development opportunities at ENDO.

I highly encourage every early career member to look at the travel awards and fellowship opportunities available through The Endocrine Society. The spectrum of possibilities is as diverse as our membership.

— Kristen Vella, Ph.D.

LAUREATE AWARDS – APPLY NOW

As Chair of and on behalf of The Endocrine Society’s Laureate Awards Committee, I am pleased to announce the launch of the Call for Nominations for the 2014 Laureate Awards. The committee will accept nominations through April 12, 2013 EST.

Each year, the Society honors endocrinologists around the world for their outstanding achievements, dedication, leadership, ground-breaking discoveries, international initiatives, and clinical care to the community. Recognition is not limited to those wiThestablished careers. These awards also recognize promising young investigators. Please join me in congratulating the 2013 Laureate Award recipients. I will have the distinct honor to present these awards at ENDO 2013, including the inaugural awards—International Excellence in Endocrinology and the Outstanding Clinical Practitioner Awards. Visit the Society’s Web site for a list of the 2013 Laureate Award recipients.

I am delighted to announce that for the second time in two years, The Endocrine Society has developed a new Laureate Award, the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award. This award honors members of the Society for extraordinary recent scientific accomplishments that have advanced the field of endocrinology. Nominations will be accepted for this new award beginning with this nomination cycle and will be awarded at ENDO 2014.

Our careers in the field of endocrinology are driven by our passion for science, discovery, education, and improving health worldwide. Partaking in the nomination process is among your member benefits and each of us has a responsibility to be an active participant.

When was the last time you submitted a nomination? The Laureate Awards Committee has streamlined the nomination process with an online nomination form. Resources are available on the Society’s website with award criteria, answers to frequently asked questions, and a checklist for documentation. Plans are in place to further streamline the user experience.

Each of us knows someone who has advanced the field of endocrinology through their tireless research, dedication to teaching, and service. Nominations from across the Society’s membership will assure that the Laureate Awards Committee will have a broad and diverse pool of candidates from which to select awardees. I hope you will join me by nominating one or more individuals for a Laureate Award. If you have questions about the Awards after reviewing the information forthcoming on the Society website, please do not hesitate to contact me. Award winners will be honored at ENDO 2014, the 96th Annual Meeting & Expo in Chicago, Illinois.

GOITER FACT SHEET AVAILABLE FROM THE HORMONE HEALTH NETWORK

While iodine deficiency is the most common cause of goiter worldwide, it is no longer commonly observed in the United States since the advent of iodized salt. More often, goiter is due to Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s disease, or thyroid nodules. The Hormone Health Network’s latest patient fact sheet, Goiter, defines this condition and describes risk factors for and potential causes of thyroid gland enlargement. While goiters are typically found during a physical exam, the fact sheet outlines other tests that may be used to confirm diagnosis, as well as available treatment options. Brief definitions and a list of suggested questions help patients have more informed conversations with their doctors. Visit www.hormone.org to read and download the fact sheet.

NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING JOURNALIST

The Society is seeking nominations for the sixth-annual Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism. The award recognizes reporting that is outstanding and enhances public understanding of health areas covered by the field of endocrinology.

The award is open to all credentialed print, online, and broadcast journalists. Think you or one of your colleagues qualify? Candidates may be self-nominated, or may be nominated by another person. Only one nomination is permitted for each journalist. Submissions may include any work first published between March 5, 2012, and Feb. 29, 2013.

Weight will be given to entries that contribute to the public understanding of endocrinology and refl ect accurate research and reporting, and originality.

The honor includes an award to be presented at ENDO 2013: The 95th Annual Meeting & Expo, June 15-18, in San Francisco. The recipient will also receive complimentary travel to the meeting and hotel accommodation.

Apply at www.endo-society. org/media/Journalism-Award.cfm. Submissions must be received by March 2.

NEW QUARTERLY JOURNAL SERIES LAUNCHES

Translational Endocrinology & Metabolism (TEAM) is a quarterly journal series that provides an integrated and new approach to endocrinology via updates and interrelation of clinical and basic information regarding specific endocrine disorders. TEAM represents the collective expertise of The Endocrine Society, delivering the latest “bench to bedside” information. The newly released TEAM: Metabolic Surgery Update provides current knowledge in metabolic surgery and its impact on the treatment of severe endocrine diseases. Other topics included in the subscription include Breast Cancer, Posterior Pituitary, and coming soon, Hypoglycemia.

Subscribe now and stay on the cutting edge of this exciting intersection of basic science, clinical research, and patient care. Subscriptions include a total of four issues.

For more information on TEAM visit www.endojournals.org/site/translational.

MASTER THE BOARD CERTIFICATION PROCESS AND EVALUATE YOUR PROGRESS

Managing the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process can be complicated. That’s why The Endocrine Society created a dedicated website to address the MOC needs of endocrinologists and pediatric endocrinologists. Endoselfassessment. org answers questions about MOC and centralizes the Society’s broad range of self-assessments designed to meet MOC Part 2 and Part 4 requirements. The site houses more than a dozen MOC Part 2 products, the new practice improvement modules (PIMs) for MOC Part 4 and ESAP™ In-Training Exam (ESAP-ITE), used by fellowship programs throughout the U.S. In addition, the site hosts a number of free self-assessment modules related to a variety of endocrine practice areas.

The website endoselfassessment.org has proven to be a valuable resource for learners, allowing them to quickly compare products such as ESAP™, Pediatric ESAP, and the new Evaluation of Th yroid Nodules PIM. The site helps users manage their engagement in the modules, tracking progress in an individualized learner dashboard. Another key feature to the site is the ability for learners to report earned MOC points directly to the ABIM and ABP, helping to reduce administrative work for busy physicians and their staff. Keep pace with the latest in MOC information and learn more about the Society’s numerous MOC products by visiting endoselfassessment.org today.

SAVE UP TO $625 off ENDO 2013

Endocrine Society members: Save up to $600 off the non-member rate for ENDO 2013 in San Francisco. If you haven’t renewed your membership, or are thinking about joining the Society, be sure to do so before you register for the annual meeting to take advantage of the great savings. The early registration deadline is April 24. www.endo-society.org/save600.

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