The goal of our Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program is to train postdoctoral fellows for careers in academic pediatric nephrology. The Program:
- Trains fellows to evaluate and manage patients with fluid and electrolyte disorders and renal disease.
- Gives didactic lectures and one-on-one teaching to provide a strong foundation in clinical nephrology.
- Is designed to ensure the competence of the trainee in the clinical diagnosis and management of disorders of the kidney, urologic system, hypertension, renal replacement therapy, and fluid and electrolyte disorders in neonates, infants, children, and young adults.
Our training program is funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with five individual NIH grants, a shared NIH training grant, and participation in the George M. O'Brien Kidney Research Core Center.
During the first year of training, fellows are given their own research project. Once the first project has been completed, more challenging research projects are assigned during the second or third year of training. Most of our fellows do laboratory research and complete a clinical project during their training. Fellows involved in a pure clinical research track are expected to obtain a Master’s Degree in Clinical Sciences, which is offered at our institution.
Two of our fellows have won the research award by the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology.
Nephrology fellows are expected to see and evaluate consults and new patients. They then present their history, physical examination, and laboratory evaluation to the attending nephrologist, who sees all the patients seen by fellows. The fellows provide an evaluation and plan of action, and the attending evaluates these with the fellow.
As fellows gain more experience, they are given more responsibility. However, patients are always evaluated by the attending physician.
The goals and objectives of the clinical and research aspects of the fellowship training program are chronologically outlined in the competencies that are expected to be achieved during each year of training.
The program director, in collaboration with the attending staff, ascertains whether each of the goals is met for each fellow each year. The fellow is apprised of their progress in achieving the goals of the program.