What are your research interests?
"toolbox" approach to obesity treatment in primary care (DH, Mentor
Dan Bessesen): A pragmatic trial evaluating a comprehensive obesity treatment
strategy under real world clinical conditions, assessing weight loss achieved
in 12 months when evidence-based treatments are implemented in the primary
care setting. The interventions include primary care physician and
patient education, commercial weight loss programs, meal
replacements, recreational center vouchers, and weight loss medications.
and obesity (VA, UCH, Mentor Marc Cornier): A study to determine if energy
intake is differentially regulated in older obese individuals as compared to
both older normal weight and younger obese individuals. Study assessments will
include body composition via DXA, food and eating questionnaires, and fMRI
evaluations. Results will hopefully guide therapeutic weight loss
strategies in the Veterans Health Administration and advance the Geriatric
Research Education and Clinical Center's research on Consequences and Treatment
of Obesity in Older Adults.
Why did you pick the University of Colorado for your fellowship training?
First and foremost, the people and "best fit" vibe during interview season. The attendings are extemely approachable and have varied research/clinical interests. Also, the training program is now a 2-year clinical fellowship with the flexibility to pursue more extensive research if that interest arises.
What do you like best about the program?
The attendings take every opportunity to teach on-the-fly and do bedside teaching. We are trained by leaders in endocrinology and their love for teaching is very motivating. And, Holly, who keeps the program organized and appears to have fun doing it!
What do you like best about Denver and Colorado?
It is true: Everyone is so nice! That, plus delicious food, fresh air, and fun outdoor activities! Even the summer thunderstorms grow on you!