In 2013, the AAES Executive Council created a formal accreditation process for clinical endocrine surgery fellowship programs. All AAES-accredited fellowship programs fulfill strict criteria and will be reviewed on a regular basis for compliance and re-accreditation. Information regarding available clinical fellowship programs can be found at http://www.endocrinesurgery.org
Candidates for endocrine surgical fellowship training will consist of surgeons who have successfully completed general surgery residency at an accredited general surgery residency program in the United States (or equivalent training outside of the United States); candidates must be board-eligible or board certified to apply.
An endocrine surgery fellowship will be defined as a clinical experience of one academic year. Length of training may vary depending on the design of the program and the ultimate goals and type of practice pursued by the trainee. A research component may be included, concurrently or in multi-year fellowship programs. All AAES endocrine surgery fellowships must be directed by one or more surgeons who are members of the AAES and have a dedicated expertise in the field of endocrine surgery. The fellowship must offer the potential for exposure to the management of thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas and gastrointestinal tract. Multidisciplinary exposure to endocrinology, medical oncology, pathology, radiology, and genetics is strongly encouraged.
Throughout the fellowship, the trainee should have the opportunity to participate in journal clubs, tumor boards, and research projects directed towards endocrine surgical disease. It is also suggested that the trainee be given the opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the AAES and other AAES-sponsored educational initiatives (such as Endocrine Surgery University), as well as obtain formal instruction and certification in head and neck ultrasound.