Nephrology Fellowship

Overview

The Nephrology Fellowship Program at the George Washington University has been formally training individuals in nephrology and hypertension since 1970. The fellowship is an ACGME-accredited training program for adult nephrology that consists of a mandatory training period of 24 months with an optional one-year extension for research. Applicants must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited internal medicine training program. The program has at least five fellows at any time, accepting either two or three applicants per year through the Match.

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

Highlights of the Program

  • Peritoneal Dialysis - GWU has the largest peritoneal dialysis program in the Washington DC area. The program offers intensive training in inpatient and outpatient care of peritoneal dialysis patients.
  • Home Dialysis - GWU offers home hemodialysis through the center for home hemodialysis. Fellows have the opportunity to learn setting up and caring for home hemodialysis patients.
  • Renal Ultrasonography – Fellows participate and help to perform and interpret renal ultrasound examinations in the outpatient clinics.
  • Glomerular Diseases Clinic - Fellows get trained in the management of complex glomerular diseases in the weekly glomerular diseases clinic.
  • Hypertension Clinic - GW is a tertiary referral center for the treatment of resistant hypertension. Fellows have the opportunity to learn and manage complex hypertension cases.
  • Kidney-Pancreas Transplant experience - Fellows have broad inpatient and outpatient transplantation exposure at both the George Washington University Hospital and Inova Fairfax Medical Center.
  • Therapeutic Apheresis – Fellows are trained to order therapeutic apheresis including leukopheresis and exchange transfusion for a variety of renal and non-renal conditions at the GW Hospital.
  • Research experience - Fellows have the opportunity to work with world renowned researchers in clinical, basic science and translational research. The Division has over 2.3 million dollars in annual NIH grant support with 66 publications in peer reviewed journals in the past academic year.
  • Monthly Regional Clinical Pathological Case (CPC) Conference at the NIH - Fellows have the opportunity to learn from experts at the NIDDK and other regional academic medical centers. This is in addition to the routine weekly conferences: Core Curriculum conference, Renal Grand Rounds, Transplant Conference, Research Conference, Renal Biopsy Conference, and Journal Club.
  • Attendance at a national and regional conferences - Fellows have the opportunity to attend the annual American Society of Nephrology Meeting, the National Kidney Foundation Meeting, and Fellowship Research Forum.