Janet A. Schlechte, MD graduated from the University of Nebraska and received a Master's degree at the University of California before receiving her MD with Distinction from the University of Nebraska (1975). She completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa, and then remained in Iowa City as a fellow in endocrinology. She joined the faculty of the Endocrine division at the University of Iowa in 1982.
Today, Dr. Schlechte is Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Director of the Endocrine Diagnostic Laboratory. In recognition of her contributions to the educational, clinical and research missions of the institution she was awarded the College of Medicine Faculty Service Award and the Ernest O. Theilen Clinical Teaching and Service Award.
Dr. Schlechte has been actively involved in the teaching of medical students, residents, and endocrine fellows throughout her career. She has taught case-based learning to first year medical students and has served as a preceptor for second year students learning the basics of the history and physical examination. For many years, she directed and participated in the Endocrine section of the Foundations of Clinical Practice course for pre-clinical students, and was recognized by the students as an outstanding educator. Her lectures and educational materials have been used as models by other teaching faculty.
As Director of Postgraduate Programs, Janet supervised the training of over 400 medicine residents, and chaired the Advisory Committee, which oversees house staff education at the University of Iowa. She developed a Board Review course for residents in Internal Medicine and taught the Endocrine section of that course for eight years. She also was responsible for the growth of a curriculum designed to enhance the outpatient experience for residents.
Dr. Schlechte’s clinical and research interests are in the biology of prolactin secreting pituitary tumors. While Director of the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Iowa, she developed an educational program entitled Principles of Clinical Research for fellows and junior faculty interested in patient oriented research. This program became part of an institution-wide program for individuals pursuing careers in clinical investigation.
Nationally, Dr. Schlechte has served on the American College of Physicians Postgraduate Education Committee and has been regularly invited to present the Update in Endocrinology at the national meeting of the American College of Physicians. For 6 years she served on the American Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty Board of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and was Chair of that Board from 2003–2007. She was also a member of the NIH Clinical Research Review Committee from 2002–2007.
Dr. Schlechte’s service to the Endocrine Society has been extensive, including membership on Council (1995–1998), the Manpower Liaison Committee (1985–1989, Chair 1989), Nominating Committee (2004 –2005), Clinical Endocrinology Initiatives Committee (Chair) (1989 –1991), Finance Committee (1999 –2001), Annual Meeting Steering Committee (2002), and the Direction V Task Force. She also completed 5 years as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Dr. Schlechte’s most important contributions to the Society have been in the educational arena. She is currently the Chair of the Clinical Endocrinology Steering (CEU) Committee, which oversees the planning of the annual CEU meeting. She was Clinical Chair for the Annual Meetings in 1993, 1994, and 2000. It was at the 1993 meeting that she initiated the Meet-the-Professor sessions, which have become such a popular and important component of the clinical program at ENDO. In 2005 she was appointed Chair of the Meetings and Educational Programs Committee, now known as the Scientific and Educational Programs Committee. Dr. Schlechte was co-chair of the 2005 ENDO Task Force, which created new sessions and broadened the scope of the Society’s most important educational endeavor. She directed a task force, which redesigned the Society’s Clinical Endocrinology Update, and has developed and presented new educational programs for endocrinologists participating in maintenance of certification.