Nephrology Training Program
The Nephrology Fellowship Training Program offers two distinct pathways.
The Clinical Pathway is a 2-year program, designed for fellows with an interest in a clinical practice career. For this pathway, approximately 15-18 months are clinical training, and 6-9 months are dedicated to research and scholarship.
Academic Physician Scientist Pathway
The Academic Physician Scientist Pathway is designed for fellows with an interest in an academic career, with development of skills in education and research (either basic science or clinical). This is a 3-year program, with approximately 12-14 clinical months and the remainder dedicated to research and scholarship. This track may be partially funded by a T32 NIH Fellowship Grant.
The clinical experience occurs primarily at University Hospital and the VAMC. Experience will be gained in acute and chronic hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, renal transplantation, renal biopsy, and continuous renal replacement therapy, as well as in the interpretation of renal pathology specimens and radiographs. The development of diagnostic skills in renal disease and fluid and electrolyte disorders is of primary importance in the training program. The fellow will receive extensive experience in patient evaluation, diagnosis and treatment design.
In addition to inpatient responsibilities, the fellow will participate in the hypertension, transplantation and Nephrology outpatient clinics of the division, and the outpatient chronic hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis programs. The fellow will be supervised by a faculty member on each rotation, and will be responsible for the supervision of house officers and medical students.
Research training is the focus of the second and third years and is designed to develop the fellow’s ability to become an independent investigator or to enrich the fellow’s clinical investigation skills. With direction from division leadership, the fellow will select an area of research interest and a faculty preceptor for accomplishing his or her research objectives. During research months, fellows will have limited clinical responsibility, usually consisting of a weekly outpatient clinic, continuity dialysis patients. The remainder of the fellow’s time is focused on research projects, and continued participation in the educational conferences of the division.
The Division of Nephrology and Hypertension has a large and diverse research program that includes clinical and basic science investigations.