Combined Nephrology-Critical Care Medicine
Fellowship Training Program

Welcome from the Program Directors:

We are pleased to announce that the Renal-Electrolyte Division and the Department of Critical Care Medicine (CCM) are collaborating and launching a new combined 3-year fellowship training program in Nephrology and Critical Care Medicine (Nephrology-CCM fellowship training program). Combined fellowship training in Nephrology and CCM is becoming a recognized national trend as an innovative approach to fostering dual specialized training.

Over half of the patients admitted to intensive care unit develop acute kidney injury, fluid overload, electrolyte abnormalities and severe acid-base disorders. The dually trained specialist in this field will have the expertise to diagnose and manage these serious disorders appropriately and in a timely manner, resulting in improved outcomes of critically ill patients. Graduates from the Nephrology-CCM fellowship training program will be competent in the diagnosis and management of all the spectrum of kidney diseases including but not limited to chronic kidney disease, mineral and bone disorders, nephrolithiasis, hypertension, tubular, interstitial and cystic disorders, glomerular and vascular disorders, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and kidney transplantation. In addition, graduates will have the in-depth knowledge and technical skills necessary to provide comprehensive care to a broad range of critically ill and injured patients, and to lead an inter professional team of ICU providers.

Program Overview:

Year 1

  • Nephrology – 11 months
  • CCM – 0 months
  • Research – 1 month
  • Nephrology continuity clinic throughout the year

Year 2

  • Nephrology – 2 months
  • CCM – 2 months
  • Research/Electives – 8 months
  • Nephrology continuity clinic throughout the year

Year 3

• Nephrology – 0 months
• CCM – 9 months
• Electives – 1 month
• Research – 2 months

 

Dual training in Nephrology-CCM is 3 years in length and requires a minimum of 20 months of clinical training and 10 months of scholarly activity. A fourth year of training would be available pending funding for those fellows interested in a scientist/research career path.

Upon completion of the 2 years of Nephrology fellowship training, the fellow will be eligible for board certification in Nephrology, and after completion of their CCM training, fellows will be eligible for board certification in CCM. The Nephrology-CCM fellow will share didactics, journal clubs and other formalized learning opportunities with the fellows in both the Nephrology and CCM fellowship programs.

Application:

Residents interested in the combined training in Nephrology-CCM are invited to apply for fellowship training in Nephrology and are asked to specifically state in their personal statements “I am interested in applying to the Combined Nephrology-Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program at your institution”. Applications are accepted through ERAS. One fellow will be selected for Nephrology-CCM fellowship training beginning in July 2021.

Contact Information:

Please contact our educational and program coordinator, Ms. Jane Wuenschel at 412-647-8394, or by email at wuenschelj@upmc.edu for additional details regarding the Nephrology-CCM fellowship training program.

 
Thank you,

Helbert Rondon, MD, MS, FACP, FASN, FNKF
Program Director
Nephrology Fellowship Training Program
Renal-Electrolyte Division
Department of Medicine

Jason Moore, MD, MS, FCCM
Program Director
Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Training Program
Department of Critical Care Medicine

Contact

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
wuenschelj@upmc.edu

Division of Renal-Electrolyte Academic Offices

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