The Nephrology Fellowship Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center provides comprehensive training in clinical nephrology and nephrology research. The training program is primarily designed to train individuals for careers in academic nephrology. In order to accomplish this goal we offer two fellowship tracks, both of which are three years in duration:
- The clinical fellowship track consists of two years clinical nephrology training followed by one year of optional research.
- The research fellowship track consists of one year of clinical nephrology training and two to three years of research training. Research training may be patient-oriented or basic science research.
Our clinical nephrology fellowship track is centered at Parkland Memorial Hospital, one of the most outstanding public hospitals in the country, and at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which has been designated a VA Center of Excellence in nephrology. There are also rotations at UT Southwestern University Hospitals, as well as UTSW-affiliated outpatient dialysis centers. The program is designed to provide diverse training in all aspects of clinical nephrology, including consultation, acute and chronic hemodialysis, continuous veno-venous hemofiltration (CVVH), peritoneal dialysis, and renal transplantation.
There is an emphasis on developing an understanding of renal physiology and pathophysiology and applying this knowledge to patients with fluid and electrolyte and renal disorders. Unique aspects of the clinical track include experience in renal ultrasonography, Permcath placement, and nocturnal dialysis.
Research training is available in both basic science and patient-oriented research. Basic science research is conducted in renal physiology, cell biology, kidney development, immunology, molecular genetics, and polycystic kidney disease. Patient-oriented research is conducted in hypertension, progression of chronic renal failure, dialysis, acute renal failure, and mineral metabolism. Fellows who successfully complete a didactic curriculum in clinical research may earn a Master of Science in Clinical Sciences degree through the Department of Clinical Sciences.
More information about research opportunities can be found at the Nephrology faculty links. The research training program takes advantage of the outstanding scientific environment at UT Southwestern, which includes five Nobel laureates, 19 members of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, 17 members of the Institute of Medicine, and 16 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The nephrology training program includes a comprehensive series of didactic conferences. Renal grand rounds are held at noon each Monday and Thursday and include lectures in renal pathology, renal radiology, and clinical nephrology. A clinical conference – which is run by the fellows – is held on Friday afternoons. These conferences consist of case presentations and reviews of relevant literature or a journal club. In addition, during the summer there is an orientation lecture series for new fellows in which we review practical aspects of clinical nephrology, dialysis, and transportation.
To view the goals and objectives of our program, please download the Nephrology Fellowship Program Curriculum.