Nephrology Fellowship Tracks

The Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Nephrology Fellowship Program includes tracks in both clinical training and research. The clinical training track is designed for fellows interested in a clinical practice career. The research training track is designed for fellows interested in pursuing academic careers that combine skills in kidney-related research and teaching in clinical or basic science.

Clinical Training Track

Trainees in the two-year clinician-educator track receive 18 months of clinical training at University Hospitals, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Center and MetroHealth Medical Center, while four months are dedicated to research and scholarship. Clinical experience includes the following:

  • Acute and chronic kidney diseases
  • Continuous renal replacement therapy
  • Dialysis therapy (in-center hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and home dialysis)
  • Hypertension
  • Renal transplantation
  • Fluid and electrolyte disorders

Research-Scientist Track

Trainees in the three-year research-scientist track receive one year of clinical training either at the beginning or the conclusion of their two-year research training to fulfill nephrology requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Subspecialty Board.

Both bench and patient-orientated/translational research training opportunities are available in the laboratories of one or several of the faculty members. Trainees interact with faculty through seminars and formal course work from the following departments:

  • Biophysics
  • Medicine
  • Pathology
  • Physiology

The ultimate goal of the research training track is to prepare trainees to assume responsibilities as faculty and successfully compete for extramural funding.

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