General Nephrology Fellowship Training Program
Thank you for your interest in the University of Maryland Adult Nephrology Fellowship Program. We have trained outstanding clinical and academic nephrologists for more than 40 years. We provide a broad range of clinical and research experience in Nephrology and strive to prepare graduating fellows for a successful career as a clinical practitioner or an academic nephrologist.
All fellows will be assigned a mentor during their first year. This mentor will provide guidance and support and assist each trainee in achieving their training goals and benchmarks. The mentorship will assist the fellow in identifying a potential research project and will work together to monitor progress throughout their clinical and research training.
The fellowship is two years; our training program is approved by the ACGME (Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education) for a total of six fellows.
Distinctions of Our Program
We provide outstanding and comprehensive training in all aspects of clinical nephrology. However, the following features particularly distinguish our program from others.
The University Of Maryland School of Medicine provides an exceptional environment for research training. We offer basic research in the cellular and molecular mechanisms of:
- Tubular function
- Genetic renal diseases, particularly polycystic kidney disease
- Transplant immunology
We have NIH foundation and industry grants within the Division. Our faculty are heavily involved with clinical and epidemiologic research addressing chronic kidney disease, genetic epidemiology of renal disease, hypertension, transplantation, and glomerular diseases. For more information on specific research interests of the Division, please see individual faculty pages where research programs and publications are discussed.
Organ Transplant Program
The University of Maryland Organ Transplant Program is one of the largest programs in the U.S., performing more than 200 kidney transplants every year, along with dozens of liver, pancreas, heart and lung transplants. Along with outstanding transplant nephrology and transplant surgery faculty, the program provides an exceptional opportunity for training in transplant medicine. We offer a third year of fellowship for applicants with great interest in pursuing a career as a transplant nephrologist.
Critical Care Nephrology
The University of Maryland Medical Center has extensive critical care services, and Nephrology fellows are routinely involved in the management and care of the critically ill. Through our consult services, the nephrology fellows manage patients in the MICU, SICU, Cardiac Surgery ICU, Neuro Critical Care ICU, CCU and the world famous Shock Trauma Center ICU, where they co-manage trauma-critical care patients along with the trauma teams.
Nephrology services in these units span around extensive extracorporeal therapies which include CVVH, CVVHD, CVVHDF, and exposure to all aspects of ICU nephrology, fluid electrolyte balance and hemodialysis in critically ill patients. They are also exposed to patients on ECMO with CRRT. Our aim is to train fellows to be well-rounded in the management of the critically ill upon completion of their fellowship.
General Nephrology is an integral part of any fellowship program, and we do not lag behind. Consult services cover medical floors, post-surgical, labor and delivery. Fellows routinely manage patients with AKI, CKD and various kinds of glomerulonephritis. Being a tertiary-level care referral institution, our fellows are exposed to a vast and diverse mix of both common and complex/rare cases and pathology that bring a unique experience to the nephrologist-in-training.