Nephrology and Hypertension Fellowship Program

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Nephrology and Hypertension Fellowship Training Program provides outstanding nephrology training in all aspects of clinical practice, research and education at the three training sites: University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. This integrated program offers intensive clinical experience through exposure to all aspects of nephrology in a diverse patient population.

The General Nephrology Fellowship program is dedicated to provide clinical and research experience in a scholarly environment that will lead fellows to become successful nephrologists in academic medicine or clinical practice.

To attain these goals the program is structured to provide a broad range of experiences in both inpatient and outpatient nephrology. Fellows will gain experience in the care of patients with a wide variety of renal diseases, electrolyte, acid-base and hypertensive disorder, acute and chronic hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement therapies, home dialysis, renal transplantation, native and renal allograft renal biopsies and dialysis catheter placement.

Fellows are trained in an evidence–based practice with critical analysis of the nephrology literature. During their training, fellows enhance and expand their supervisory and teaching skills and develop skills as pertaining to investigations in renal clinical or basic research, design and implement project, research regulation, statistics and grant writing.

This is accomplished in a program that offers a two-year clinical track or a three-year research track (one clinical and two research years). Fellows rotate on inpatient nephrology service at UH Cleveland Medical Center, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and MetroHealth Medical Center. These venues provide a comprehensive exposure to clinical nephrology. Fellows also participate in one or more outpatient clinics, including a home dialysis clinic at UH. Fellows receive excellent training in renal transplantation both in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

At the completion of their training, fellows will be competent to practice nephrology without supervision and demonstrate the expected performance in accordance with the core ACGME competencies and the ABIM subspecialty requirements for nephrology. Approximately half or our graduates choose a career in private practice, while half enter an additional year of training in transplant nephrology or pursue an academic career.