Nephrology Training Program

Since 1974, the OHSU Nephrology fellowship has trained physicians to become outstanding providers and leaders in their field. We offer a rigorous and flexible program which allows our trainees to become successful clinicians, researchers, and educators. 

Clinical Pathway

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. The clinical experience occurs primarily at OHSU and the Portland VA Medical Center (PVAMC). Fellows gain experience in the evaluation and management of kidney diseases and hypertension, as well as the provision of acute and chronic hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement therapies, peritoneal dialysis, renal transplantation, temporary dialysis catheter placement, and renal biopsies with pathology interpretation. Outpatient clinic experiences in the first and second years include one half-day of clinic per week, alternating between OHSU and the VA. Fellows also directly care for a panel of VA hemodialysis patients in their second year.  

Academic Physician Scientist Pathway

The Academic Physician Scientist Pathway is designed for fellows with an interest in an academic career, with the development of skills in education and research (either basic science or clinical). This is a 3-year program, with approximately 12-14 clinical months (similar to the Clinical Pathway) and the remainder dedicated to research and scholarship. Outpatient clinic experiences mirror those of the Clinical Pathway. During research months in the second year, fellows will have limited clinical responsibility, usually consisting of a weekly outpatient clinic and caring for their continuity dialysis patients. The third year is completely dedicated to research training though additional clinical training is available as desired by the fellow.

Learn more about research projects within the Division here.

Teaching Sites

OHSU and PVAMC are our main clinical teaching sites. OHSU is the sole academic medical center in Oregon and Southwest Washington and serves as a tertiary referral center for the state of Oregon as well as portions of Washington, Idaho, and Northern California. This gives fellows a diverse training experience and extensive exposure to renal complications related to autoimmune and oncologic disorders, trauma, and infectious disease in addition to the effects of diabetes and hypertension. PVAMC provides top-rated care to Veterans in the area and also performs the majority of kidney transplants for the VA on the West Coast, ensuring strong exposure for our fellows. OHSU and PVAMC are connected via a sky bridge, allowing fellows to provide care at both hospitals without missing conferences or other core components of their education.

Nephrology Fellowship - How do I apply?