In the first year, trainees function as clinical fellows in all divisional inpatient and outpatient activities. Such activities occur under the direct supervision of the 11 faculty members of the division who serve as inpatient and outpatient attending physicians on a rotation basis. The first-year experience includes all aspects of consultative nephrology, including acute and chronic dialysis and renal transplantation. Patient-care experiences occur in the outpatient clinics, inpatient wards and the pediatric dialysis unit at Seattle Children’s. A didactic teaching program includes weekly conferences at Children’s and at the Northwest Kidney Center, the latter held in conjunction with the adult nephrology program. Outpatient care includes home or in-center chronic dialysis, renal transplant recipients, percutaneous renal biopsies, emergency room consultations and experience with telephone consultations.
The objective of the second through third or fourth year of the fellowship program is to provide the trainee with comprehensive bench research training in renal basic sciences or comprehensive training in epidemiology, statistics and experimental design. In the laboratory research track, 2-3 years are spent in one of ten specifically designated NIH-funded basic science research laboratories at the UWSOM. In this setting, fellows are introduced to the basic tools of modern molecular biology and undertake research projects under the dual supervision of the division and the UWSOM basic research faculty. It is fully expected that such a comprehensive program of basic research training will prepare trainees to initiate mentored research careers upon completion of their fellowship.
In the clinical investigation track, fellows enroll in the MPH or MS program at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the UWSOM. In addition to class work, these fellows participate in the design and implementation of clinical research projects. Fellows gain experience in clinical study design, preparation of Institutional Review Board applications, patient enrollment, data collection and statistical analysis and publication.
Clinical Science: Our current research training activities can be grouped thematically into four major areas:
Board certification eligibility upon fellowship completion: Sub-board in Pediatric Nephrology
Length of fellowship: 3 years for ABP eligibility; optional fourth research year
Number of fellowships available: 2