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Endocrinology Fellowship Alums - Where Are They Now?

Susan Brian

Susan Brian and Family
If I could choose to repeat any time in my life, I would go back again and again to the Endocrinology fellowship at Yale. It was one of the best decisions I ever made in my career, as my time at Yale taught me so many valuable lessons in practicing medicine.

I learned about the value of studying the history of endocrinology, the importance of quality research, the necessity of being a "great thinker."  I learned to critically review journal articles and information presented at meetings, to seek out questions that have yet to be answered. Being mentored by the greats changed me, molded me, made me a better physician and sent me out excited for my career that lay ahead.

In 2008 I joined an active clinical practice in my hometown of Topeka, Kansas, and we have continued to grow, now with six adult and four pediatric endocrinologists. Together we have built a large inpatient diabetes service (including eight nurse practitioners and two diabetes educators), an active clinical research program, and are about to begin a "bone fragility" clinic. I have also found a wonderful work-life balance, married to my college sweetheart for 18 years, with four beautiful children. We enjoy volunteering in Haiti, where we work with a local orphanage and medical clinic, and also serving the poor in our community in Topeka. Truly living the dream!