Nephrology FellowshipThe Nephrology Fellowship Training program at Emory offers you:
- On average seven scholarly/ambulatory months over the two-year fellowship
- All expense paid national conference (ASN Kidney Week) attendance in your second year
- 100% job placement mostly anywhere of your choosing
- 98% board pass rates
- Internationally and nationally renowned teaching faculty
- T32 Training grant with a minimum of 2 years research funding
- Free ASN and NKF memberships
- Free access to electronic medical library
- Free Uptodate.com subscription service
The majority of the fellows in the program pursue a two-year clinical track. Selected fellows with outstanding research potential may be invited to join the research track, which consists of one year of clinical training and at least two years of laboratory or clinical research training funded by an NIH T32 training grant.
Nephrology Fellowship Program Information
The Emory University School of Medicine offers a comprehensive training program in the study of Nephrology (Renal Medicine) which is designed to produce competent subspecialists and clinical investigators following a period of intensive training. Two tracks are offered:
For those interested in pursuing an academic career, a year of clinical training followed by two years of protective time in research in areas of interest selected by the trainees with their choice of
For those interested in solely pursuing a clinical career, a year of clinical training is followed by a second year with time devoted to scholarly activity and clinical training. Most trainees are able to submit a completed project for publication. Trainees will also be required to participate in continuity care clinic, transplant clinic, in-center hemodialysis clinic, and home dialysis clinic.
Training Hospitals and Locations
The fellowship training takes place at four hospitals, Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Grady Memorial Hospital and the Atlanta VA Medical Center. In addition, there are outpatient training opportunities at several of Emory’s dialysis centers.
Fellows are provided of a very diverse patient population between the hospitals and Emory’s Dialysis Centers where they will also have the opportunity to assess patients with a variety of diseases including Glomerulonephritis, PKD, HIV, transplant
Our training program has a rich tradition of academic excellence and national leadership:
- More than 155 clinical and research fellows have matriculated through the Nephrology training program since 1960
- Former trainees have been appointed to academic faculty positions or served as chairs or nephrology division directors (
Universityof Mississippi, Medical University of South Carolina, University of Michigan, East Carolina University, University of Rochester, University of Tennessee, East Carolina to name a few)
Gurleen Kaur, MacNeal Hospital, IL
Muhannad Alqudsi, Texas Tech University, TX
Sunitha Kalyanam, Robert Packer Hospital, PA
Jith Palacherla, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, TX
Jobira Woldemichael, Atlanta Medical Center, GA
Muhammad Ali, Hennepin County Medical Center, MN
Niraj Karki, Bronx Lenanon Hospital Center, NY
Saba Khan, Memorial Health University, GA
Nirav Parikh, NYU Lutheran Medical Center, NY
Ajai Rajabalan, Western Reserve Health Education, OH
Satyanarayana R. Vaidya, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners, MI
Our faculty members have numerous publications in various journals ranging from the Journal of American Society of Nephrology to the New England Journal of Medicine and American Physiological Society.
The nephrology service provides nephrology consultations at four hospitals including Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory University Hospital (EUH), Emory University Midtown Hospital (EUHM) and the Atlanta VA Medical Center (VA). During the consult service at each of the hospitals, the fellows learn to manage a broad spectrum of kidney disorders in critically ill patients. They are provided ample opportunity to get hands-on experience at acute hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement therapies, hemodialysis catheter placement and kidney biopsies.
Outpatient Dialysis Service
The emphasis on the outpatient dialysis service rotation is on learning to evaluate and manage patients undergoing in-center hemodialysis including managing dialysis prescriptions, hematologic and bone mineral parameters, and handling infectious and vascular access complications. Fellows receive education in water treatment, dialysis machine operation, and are trained in cannulating hemodialysis accesses and performing peritoneal exchanges. Fellows also actively participate in quality improvement activities at the dialysis unit. This rotation occurs during the scholarly/ambulatory months.
Ultrasound Service (minimum 2 months)
This service includes formal comprehensive training in renal sonography and is accredited by the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology. Emory has the only fellowship program with this training in the country. The fellow performs diagnostic studies of native kidneys and renal allografts. The fellow learns to screen end-stage kidneys for carcinoma, learns to perform ultrasound guide for percutaneous renal biopsies; learns visualization of veins for central venous catheterization and performs diagnostic studies of urinary bladders and measure of post-void bladder volume. Once completed, the fellow is deemed certified at the end of the fellowship to conduct renal ultrasounds and interpret data.
Transplant Service (Inpatient and Outpatient) – (minimum of 2)
Emory performs more than 250 kidney transplants per year. To date, Emory has performed over 2700 adult and pediatric kidney transplants. During the Transplant service, the fellow learns the acute management of post-operative transplant patients, dosing of immunosuppressive medications and the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic rejection, opportunistic infections, and other complications. The fellow also performs percutaneous kidney biopsies of native and transplant kidneys, places central venous catheters for dialysis and learns to interpret renal pathology and renal-related radiological studies.
Continuity Clinic (entire program)
The fellow has a weekly one half-day ambulatory renal clinic where he follows his own patients throughout the two-year clinical program. The clinic is structured where the fellow would see a diverse patient group between Grady Memorial Hospital and either The Emory Clinic or the VA Medical Center. The clinics are structured in such a way that the fellow sees a wide variety of patients including those with acute and chronic kidney diseases. Due to the chronicity of diseases most patients will be seen in follow-up several times per year.
The fellow has an ambulatory transplant clinic during the scholarly activity/ambulatory months.
Scholarly Activity/Ambulatory (approximately 7 months)
The fellow will be able to work on their research projects in preparation of presenting at one of the nephrology national conferences. The fellow will also be able to participate in an ambulatory elective of their choosing, i.e., transplant, vascular surgery etc. in addition to preparing to take the boards. During this rotation, continuity clinics are continued. Fellows participate in dialysis rounds during this time.
- Acute Vascular Catheter Placement
- Permcath Removal
- Transplant Kidney Biopsy
- Native Kidney Biopsy
- 3 p.m. - Tuesdays - Didactic Lecture
- 4 p.m. Tuesdays - Core Curriculum
- 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Renal Grand Rounds
- Weekly – Journal Club
- 8 a.m. 4th Friday of each month – Dialysis Conference
- 5:30 p.m. 3rd Thursday of each month – Pathology Conference
Applicants must apply through ERAS. Applications outside of ERAS are not considered.
Fellowship application requirements are as follows:
- MD degree
- USLME Step 3 certification
- Three years of training in an ACGME accredited U.S. Internal Medicine Residency program and be board eligible before the fellowship begins
Applications are accepted only through ERAS. Applications for the 2020-2021 fellowship year will be accepted July 1, 2019 through August 31, 2019. Interviews will be conducted on Tuesdays in August, September, and October. Interviews will begin about 10 a.m. and end around 3 p.m. to provide the applicant the ability to fly in and out the same day.
Required ERAS components:
- Common application form
- Curriculum vitae
- Personal statement
- 3 letters of recommendation (1 must be from your Program Director), MSPE (Dean’s letter)
- Medical school transcript
- USMLE transcript with Step 3 certification
- ECFMG status report, if applicable
Foreign Medical School Graduates
International Medical Graduates interested in a fellowship must be certified by ECFMG and enter the training program on a J-1 visa unless they are a citizen of the United States or holding an Alien Registration Card. H1-B visa holders are welcome to apply.
Fellows will receive three weeks’ vacation per year with the standard benefits of medical, dental and vision coverage.
Fellows are afforded the opportunity to attend a national conference in their 2nd year of fellowship training that is funded by the program. This conference would be one of the following: National Kidney Foundation, American Society of Nephrology (most attended) or the American Society of Transplantation. Also, second-year fellows attend a national CRRT conference and Home Dialysis University. If fellows are presenting scholarly activity they are supported to attend other conferences such as National Kidney Foundation and American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology.
Melanie V. Elder
Program Coordinator, Nephrology Fellowship Training Program
Atlanta, GA 30322
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