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Nephrology Fellowship

Overview

Dear Fellowship Applicants, 

Welcome to the George Washington University nephrology fellowship program! The GW nephrology fellowship prides itself on outstanding clinical training since its inception in 1970. Located in the heart of the Nation’s Capital, our program offers diverse training opportunities at the George Washington University Hospital, Washington DC VA Medical Center, and Inova Fairfax Hospital. 

GW nephrology has the largest peritoneal dialysis program in Washington DC, a growing home hemodialysis program, and a wide variety of subspecialty training opportunities. Our fellows have the opportunity to work with faculty who are recognized experts in glomerular diseases, hypertension, transplantation, onconephrology, therapeutic apheresis, and point-of-care ultrasonography. We serve as the tertiary care referral center for the management of complex acute kidney injury, resistant hypertension and glomerular disease. The division has pioneered precision kidney medicine through innovative collaboration. Fellows also enjoy broad exposure to transplant nephrology with the opportunity to train at two regional transplant medical centers at both the George Washington University Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Researcher in front of posterOur fellowship program provides a foundation for trainees to use evidence based care for patients with common as well as rare kidney disorders. We are committed as a group to scholarly excellence in patient care, education, and research in a collegial learning environment. Fellows have ample opportunities to further develop their teaching abilities, procedural competence, leadership qualities and to foster educational skills. The program centers upon the fundamental tenet that "research improves the mind that teaches; teaching improves patient care; quality care provides opportunities for research”.

Training at a tertiary care center, GW fellows encounter a diverse patient population. Clinical competence develops through a structured system of bedside learning and from formal learning sessions. The nephrology fellowship encompasses two years of comprehensive training. By the completion of the first year, trainees will learn to evaluate patients with kidney disease and will learn the fundamentals of renal replacement therapies, including continuous renal replacement therapies and plasmapheresis. By the completion of the second year, trainees will learn to independently evaluate and manage patients with kidney disease, complex glomerular diseases, onconephrology and complicated hypertension. Fellows will also learn to critically evaluate the scientific literature and learn the fundamentals of research.

Trainees participate in our program to learn, not to provide service. Education and trainee wellness are the top priorities of this fellowship program. We have developed a highly innovative didactic curriculum to supplement clinical learning, including weekly case-based presentations, board review sessions, knowledge bowls, journal clubs, core curriculum sessions, patient safety, and pathology conferences. All of our conferences can be accessed on a virtual platform. Our fellows also receive online access to all major medical journals and clinical nephrology textbooks.

Nephrology fellowship graduationOur fellows come from all parts of the United States and around the world and are a very cohesive group. The fellowship has built in flexibility, and fellows can be mentored toward clinical or academic research careers. We continue to support our fellows even after graduation and have a vast GW fellow alumni network. Our fellowship graduates have gone on to successful careers in private practice or academia, becoming division directors and fellowship program directors in prestigious institutions. Two of our recent nephrology fellowship graduates completed transplant nephrology fellowships.

Neph Madness 2019: Highest- Scoring Group Award to GWUDriven by the popularity of the teaching on the consult and transplant services, all GW internal medicine residents have a nephrology rotation built into their training experience. The success of our educational mission was most evident when our program won the 2019 Nephmadness educational contest sponsored by the American Journal of Kidney Disease, the journal representing the National Kidney Foundation.

Thank you very much for your interest in the GW nephrology fellowship program. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

All the best,
Scott D. Cohen MD, MPH, FASN
Fellowship Program Director,
GW Nephrology
Associate Professor of Medicine
George Washington University
imfellowships@gwu.edu

Structure

The principal clinical training centers are at the George Washington University Hospital, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Inova Fairfax Hospital. The structure over the 24-month program is as follows:

10 to 12 months

Inpatient rotations at George Washington University and VA Medical Center

4 to 5 months

Transplant Medicine Service

5 to 6 months

Renal biopsy

Outpatient hemodialysis, Home hemodialysis and Peritoneal dialysis

Specialty ambulatory clinics

  • Renal Ultrasonography Clinic
  • Glomerular Diseases Clinic
  • Hypertension Clinic

Research

  • Opportunities for clinical, translational and basic science research

Training Sites

The George Washington University Hospital (GWUH) is located in the center of Washington D.C., the state of the art tertiary care 385 bed hospital offers a wide range of nephrology services including treatment of complex acute kidney injury, continuous renal replacement therapies (CRRT), conventional as well as extended hemodialysis dialysis therapies and peritoneal dialysis.

It is the referral site for Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and for extracorporeal therapies including plasmapheresis, exchange transfusion and leukapheresis. The kidney transplant program is expanding to include pancreas and liver transplant program. The robust cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery programs offer an opportunity to work on complicated acute kidney injury cases and cardiorenal syndrome.

Fellows will learn to treat chronic kidney disease, vascular access problems, fluid-electrolyte disorders, and glomerular diseases. Kidney biopsies are performed with assistance from dedicated radiology faculty. Fellows have an opportunity to work with the interventional radiologists to learn vascular access management. We work collaboratively with our urology colleagues to care for patients with nephro-urological problems. The rotations are complemented by a rich outpatient clinic experience.

The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C. is a level 1A facility which provides comprehensive medical care for the veteran population in the D.C. Metropolitan area. The Renal section of the Washington, DC VA has 4 full time nephrologists on staff who hold faculty appointments at George Washington University. The section performs dialysis in the inpatient and outpatient setting at the medical center including: chronic intermittent hemodialysis, CVVHD/F (Prismaflex machines), SLEDD (Tablo machines) and peritoneal dialysis (manual and cycler). The section cares for the entire spectrum of CKD in the outpatient and inpatient setting including kidney transplant recipients. Kidney transplants are performed at the VA in Pittsburgh but all pre-transplant evaluations and post transplant care is under the DC VA Renal section.

The Renal Care Center located in building 6 of the Medical Center was built in 2006 to include a chronic hemodialysis unit for approximately 60 individuals as well as a chronic peritoneal dialysis unit, conference room, two patient exam rooms, and offices for all 4 nephrologists, a renal dietitian and renal social worker. There is also a dedicated office for nephrology fellows. Important features of Renal Care Center facilities for fellowship training include: dedicated space for urine microscopy, phase contrast microscope with LCD display, ultrasound machine with vascular and abdominal probes (portable to dialysis unit and hospital), full digital library access to a host of journals, textbooks and medical programs such as Up-to Date through VA Intranet. Fellows are invited to participate in specialized hypertension clinic established between the cardiology and renal sections.

Fellows rotate through the Inova Kidney Transplant Center and experience broad exposure to transplant ambulatory care clinic in a private practice setting. GW Nephrology Fellows have the opportunity to learn from outstanding teachers with multiple decades of experience at one of the region’s leading transplant centers. Our fellows spend at least six months of their clinical training focused on transplant nephrology at two training sites: George Washington University Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

GW Nephrology Fellowship Program Highlights

The GW fellowship offers an optimal blend of unique clinical experience, didactics, and research opportunities. Highlights of the program are given below:

  • Winners of the 2019 Worldwide Nephrology Education Contest “Nephmadness” sponsored by the American Journal of Kidney Diseases
  • Located in the Nation’s Capital in a collegial learning environment
  • Fellows are provided sufficient autonomy with faculty available for guidance 
  • Over the past decade, three nephrology fellows were named Department of Medicine Fellow of the Year: Dr. Parham Efkhetari (2011), Dr. Ehsan Nobakht (2014), and Dr. Kevin Fu (2020).
  • Outstanding faculty with a wide range of clinical expertise
  • Training in home dialysis therapies- peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis clinics
  • Subspecialty clinics in glomerular diseases, onconephrology, hypertension, transplantation, nutrition and kidney ultrasonography
  • Training in Apheresis, exchange transfusion and leukapheresis
  • Training in Point-of-Care Kidney Ultrasonography
  • Learn from experts in telemedicine
  • Hands on training in all modalities of Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) and Prolonged Intermittent Renal Replacement Therapy (PIRRT)
  • Dedicated Months of Outpatient Nephrology Exposure including rounding at home dialysis and in-center dialysis units
  • At least six months of Transplant Nephrology Experience
  • Opportunities for Training in Interventional Nephrology procedures including kidney ultrasound, kidney biopsy, tunneled dialysis catheter placement and fistulogram
  • Active participation in cutting edge NIH funded clinical/basic science research and quality improvement projects
  • Innovative structured didactic training curriculum
  • Rich clinical and learning experience at the George Washington University Hospital, Washington DC VA Medical Center, and Inova Fairfax Hospital

2020 Recruitment Information

Thank you for your interest in the Nephrology Fellowship Program at the George Washington University. We are looking forward to receiving your application and learning more about you. Recruitment this year will take place virtually. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from approximately 12 to 3 p.m. EST from late August to mid-October. Interviews can also be scheduled for Wednesdays as needed. Applicants will meet with current fellows and faculty during the interview day. Invitations to interview will be sent out in mid-August. If you have questions at any time during the application and recruitment process, please do not hesitate to reach out to Lisa Horvath, fellowship program coordinator, at imfellowships@gwu.edu or 202.677.6056.

Application Information

Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Applications Service (ERAS).


The candidate must register for both ERAS and the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). A candidate who has not registered with the NRMP cannot be considered during the ranking process. It is very important to remember to register.


Requirements for GW Fellowships

Fellowship applicants must have completed three years in an ACGME-Accredited Internal Medicine Residency, and be board-certified or board-eligible.

Required Documents for Complete myERAS Application

  • myERAS application
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (one from the program director)
  • USMLE / COMLEX Scores (must have passed Steps I-III prior to start of fellowship year)
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • ECFMG Status Report for International Medical Graduates (must have certification)
  • Licensing Information and Board-Eligibility/Certifications (if applicable)
  • Citizenship Status

International Medical Graduates

We can only consider applicants with J1 visas. Please see our GME Visa policy.

IMGs must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency program.

Graduates of International Medical Schools must also be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).


If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Horvath, fellowship program coordinator, at 202-677-6056 or imfellowships@gwu.edu.

 

Nephrology Virtual Tour

Thank you for your interest in our Nephrology fellowship program. While we wish we could be meeting you in person, we are thrilled to offer you this virtual tour as an opportunity to see and learn more about the facilities and resources available to our fellows. Use the setting wheel icon in the top right corner to turn on the narration and the arrows at the bottom of the photos to see each stop. Click on the information buttons in the pictures to learn more about specific spaces and features. Click the gray icon in the top left corner for a full-screen view. Enjoy your tour!

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Faculty

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The faculty for the Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension include:

Faculty

Dominic Raj

Dominic Raj

Professor

Patricia Centron Vinales

Patricia Centron Vinales

Assistant Professor

Scott Cohen

Scott Cohen

Associate Professor

Ashte Collins

Ashte Collins

Assistant Professor

Nicolas Guzman

Assistant Professor

Pedro Jose

Pedro Jose

Professor

Paul Kimmel

Paul Kimmel

Adjunct Clinical Professor

Susie Lew

Susie Lew

Professor

Ehsan Nobakht Haghighi

Assistant Professor

Renu Regunathan-Shenk

Assistant Professor

Shailendra Sharma

Associate Professor

James Sloand

Adjunct Clinical Professor

 Dr. Renu Regunathan-Shenk

Manuel Velasquez

Professor Emeritus of Medicine

Transplant Medicine Faculty

Muralidharan Jagadeesan

Muralidharan Jagadeesan

Associate Professor

Rohan Paul

Assistant Professor

Research Faculty

M. Ines Armando

M. Ines Armando

Associate Research Professor

Laureano Asico

Laureano Asico

Assistant Research Professor

Prasad Konkalmatt

Assistant Research Professor

Xiaoyan Wang

Assistant Research Professor

 

Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Faculty:

 Dr. Sholey Argani

Sholey Argani

Assistant Clinical Professor

 Dr. Sharon Bennett

Sharon Bennett

Assistant Clinical Professor

Ping Li

Associate Professor

Samir Patel

Samir Patel

Associate Professor

Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Research Faculty:

Bidhan C. Bandyopadhyay

Associate Adjunct Professor

 

INOVA Faculty

 Dr. Ravinder Wali

Ravinder Wali

Clinical Professor

Nurse Practitioners

Marylynn Aminrazavi, NP
Alexandra Mack, NP
Ellen McCormick, NP

Research Coordinators

Muhammed Siddiqui, MBBS
Danielle Kincaid, MPH

Administrative Assistants

Ebony Kiser
Helen Babb