Overview

The Nephrology Fellowship program provides comprehensive training in clinical nephrology and in research in areas related to normal physiology and disease of the kidney. Our mission is to train outstanding clinical nephrologists and renal physician-scientists who will become the next generation of leaders in the field of nephrology.

The majority of fellows in the program pursue a two-year clinical track. Selected fellows with outstanding research potential may be invited to join the research track, which consists of one year of clinical training and at least two years of laboratory or clinical research training funded by an NIH T32 training grant.

Fellows

Our training program has a rich tradition of academic excellence and national leadership:

  • Our first-time board pass rate is 90 percent.
  • 97 clinical and research fellows have matriculated through the Nephrology training program since 1970
  • 39 fellows have been appointed to academic faculty positions

Training Tracks

The majority of fellows in our ACGME accredited program pursue a two-year clinical track. Selected fellows with outstanding research potential may be invited to join the research track, which consists of one year of clinical training and at least two years of laboratory or clinical research training funded by an NIH T32 training grant.

Two-year Clinical Fellowship Track:  
The fellowship training curriculum consists of clinical rotations in the inpatient and outpatient settings, including renal dialysis, transplantation and research. The first year is almost entirely clinical in orientation, during which time the Nephrology trainee learns about salt and water balance, acid-base metabolism, dialysis methodology, renal biopsy and histology interpretation, renal consultation and general nephrology. Fellows are provided protected time to attend national meetings. They are also encouraged and afforded divisional resources to present their scholarly work at various local and national conferences.

Three-year Research Track:
The research training track is designed for fellows interested in pursuing academic careers that combine skills in kidney related research and teaching in clinical or basic science. Trainees in this program receive one year of clinical training, either at the beginning or at the end of their two-year research training in order to fulfill ABIM Subspecialty Board in Nephrology requirements. Two years are dedicated to research training.  Both bench and patient-orientated/translational research training opportunities are available in the laboratories of one or more of the training faculty members. The goal of the research training track is to prepare trainees to become faculty and successfully compete for extramural funding.

Transplant Nephrology Training Program:
This is a separate one-year fellowship for board-eligible nephrologists interested in pursuing a career in kidney transplantation. The program is accredited by the American Society of Transplantation and accommodates up to one trainee per year. Fellows are exposed to a large number of routine kidney and pancreas transplants, as well as to highly complex cases requiring specialized expertise. Daily teaching rounds, inpatient and outpatient service, and weekly conferences are an integral part of training offered.

Faculty

The Division of Nephrology and Hypertension is known for its excellent clinical program and world-class basic and translational activities. Here, physician-scientists, basic scientists and clinicians have distinguished themselves for work in polycystic kidney disease, bone and mineral metabolism, kidney development, transplantation and health outcomes research. Our clinical program is equally strong, with master clinicians and young clinical nephrologists who are deeply committed to patient care.

KU faculty have included:

  • 2 Homer Smith awardees
  • 1 American Society of Nephrology president
  • 2 National Institutes of Health MERIT awardees
  • 5 elected members of the ASCI

See also: Nephrology faculty webpage

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