Nephrology Fellowship

First Year

The first year of the fellowship program is focused on clinical activities. Such activities occur under the direct supervision of the 15 faculty members of the division who serve as inpatient and outpatient attending physicians on a rotating 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.

Second and Third Year

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 are encouraged to enroll in graduate programs at the University of Washington at the masters level. This may include the School of Public Health. In addition to class work, fellows participate in the design and implementation of clinical research projects. Fellows gain experience in clinical study design, preparation of Institutional Review Board applications, , data collection, statistical analysis and presentation of their work at national meetings.

Research Projects of Current and Recent Fellows:

Dr. Eliza Blanchette

  • Mentors: Dr. Jodi Smith, Paul Warner (Bloodworks Northwest)
  • “Title of Project”
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Dr. Michelle Starr

  • Mentors: Dr. Sangeeta Hingorani, Dr. NICU person (Neonatalogy)
  • “Food insecurity project”
  • “Title of NICU AKI project”
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Dr. Abbie Bauer

  • Mentors: Dr. Shina Menon, Dr. Sangeeta Hingorani,

Board certification eligibility upon fellowship completion: Sub-board in Pediatric Nephrology

Length of fellowship: 3 years for ABP eligibility

Number of fellowships available: 2