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Department of Medicine

  Division of Renal-Electrolyte

TRAINING


Fellowship Program


Fellowship Program


The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Nephrology Fellowship Training Program is designed to prepare its fellows for a successful career in adult nephrology. The program offers broad clinical experience across 4 hospitals with a large and diverse population of patients, very supportive faculty who are internationally-recognized, a strong camaraderie, and multiple basic science and clinical research opportunities. With these resources, the program enables fellows to develop excellent clinical skills while attaining long-term career goals.

The UPMC Nephrology Fellowship Program provides a 2-year structured curriculum with excellence in clinical training complemented by ample research opportunities.  Due to the large size of the fellowship program and outstanding clinical and research faculty (51), we are able to tailor training to ensure that each fellow achieves his or her individual career goals. In keeping with ACGME requirements, first year fellows must participate in 12 months of clinical training that provides both the didactic and clinical experience required to attain a superior level of clinical competency in nephrology practice (please see clinical rotation during first year of training). The fellows will have one half-day per week continuity clinic throughout both years of training.

The additional 12 months of training may be constructed to meet fellows' individualized interests, providing protected research time for specialized clinical training in a focused area (e.g. glomerulonephritis, nephrolithiasis, transplantation, extracorporeal therapies), educational training, or other opportunities based on specific interests. There are also opportunities for a third year of training doing basic, translational or clinical research for interested fellows.

Within the second six months of training, the division chief, the research faculty supervisors, the program director and associate program director meet with first year fellows to plan the second year of training. During this first year, a structured meeting is arranged among first year fellows and the research and clinical faculty (fellow research retreat). Fellows begin to define career goals and plan for the second year of training, all with guidance and supervision from fellowship leadership. During the second year of fellowship, monthly meetings occur with the fellow, his or her research mentor, and the research faculty supervisors to assess progress. Additional masters-level courses may be taken as part of the training program (e.g., courses in masters of clinical research or medical education). As a requirement for graduation, all fellows must complete and present a scholarly project.