Renal-Electrolyte Fellowship Program

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Nephrology Fellowship Training Program. The UPMC 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, supportive faculty many of whom are internationally-recognized, strong camaraderie, and multiple basic science and clinical research opportunities. Ample training opportunities in telehealth also exist including telemedicine video and phone visits and electronic consultation (e-consults). With these resources, the program enables fellows to develop excellent clinical skills while attaining long-term career goals.

The UPMC Nephrology Fellowship Training Program provides a 2-year structured curriculum. Due to the large size of the fellowship program and outstanding clinical and research faculty, 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. 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 or specialized clinical training in a focused area (e.g. kidney transplantation, acute kidney injury and critical care nephrology), medical education, or other opportunities based on specific interests. There are also opportunities, including T32 support, for a third year of training in basic, translational or clinical research.

We are actively engaged in helping first-year fellows define career goals and plan for the second year of training. Structured meetings with fellowship leadership provide guidance in order to maximize the productivity of the second year of fellowship . During the second year, 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 Master of Science in clinical research or medical education). As a requirement for graduation, all fellows must participate in patient safety quality improvement initiatives and complete and present a scholarly project.

We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to our program.


Helbert Rondon, MD, MS, FACP, FASN, FNKF
Program Director
Nephrology Fellowship Training Program
UPMC Medical Education


Jane Wuenschel
Fellowship Coordinator
Renal-Electrolyte Division
C1108 UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
200 Lothrop St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-647-8394
Fax: 412-802-6852

Division of Renal-Electrolyte Academic Offices

A919 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
(412) 647-3118