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Fellowship Tracks

Johns Hopkins has an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching and in training of physician-scientists and educational scholars. The fellowship program offers three tracks:


The purpose of the basic science research training program is to provide outstanding training in bench-top and translational research for a successful career as physician-scientist.

Fellows may participate in research within the Nephrology Division and in other Divisions or Departments at Johns Hopkins. Primary areas of research within the Division include:

o Polycystic kidney disease
o Genetic disorders associated with defective fluid and electrolyte movement
o Ischemic reperfusion injury
o Organ cross talk in acute kidney injury
o Lymphocyte and dendritic cell immunobiology

Fellows interested in the basic science track identify a mentor and an area of research focus during their first year of fellowship. Fellows in this track are expected to take part in laboratory meetings to present and obtain input on proposed and ongoing research projects and to apply for extramural funding during their training.

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Johns Hopkins Basic Science Departments 

Institute for Clinical and Translational Research 


The goal of this track is to train future leaders in clinical and epidemiological research within Nephrology and related fields. Fellows in this track have unparalleled opportunity to participate in clinical or epidemiology research within the Nephrology Division, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Primary areas of clinical and epidemiological research include:

o Acute kidney injury
o Cardiovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, and cognitive disorders in chronic kidney disease
o Genetics of complex kidney disease
o Glomerulonephritis/ vasculitic renal disease
o Viral-related kidney diseases
o Mineral bone disease
o Nephrotic syndromes
o Polycystic kidney disease
o Racial disparities in kidney disease
o Renal biomarker discovery and development
o Retroperitoneal fibrosis

Fellows in this track are expected to identify research mentors and potential areas of research during their first year. During their second year, fellows in this track complete formal coursework towards a Master in Health Science degree in Epidemiology or Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Courses focus on epidemiological and biostatistical methodologies, grantsmanship, research ethics and integrity, and practical skills required for conducting patient-oriented research. The subsequent third year involves completion of the Master thesis, submission of peer-review manuscripts, and application for extramural funding.

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Renal Disease Epidemiology Training Program 

Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Training Program 

Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation 

Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research 

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 

Institute for Clinical and Translational Research 


Fellows have several opportunities to hone their teaching skills and learn about different aspects of nephrology during fellowship. These opportunities include:

o One-on-one teaching with residents and medical students during daily clinical activities
o Preparation and presentation of lectures for didactic and research conferences
o Participation in the small group sessions during the Renal Patholophysiology Course for second year medical students
o Participation in epidemiological and biostatistical courses at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
o Participation in medical education courses through the Johns Hopkins School of Education.
o Authorship of medical literature reviews and book chapters

Fellows who wish to pursue a career in clinical education have several opportunities to obtain formal training in clinical education and program building. This could be through teaching and professional development courses through the Institute for Excellence in Education, Faculty Development Programs, or the Master of Education in the Health Profession program. Fellows interested in clinical education have had a track record of success in these programs.

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Master of Education in the Health Profession Program  

Institute for Excellence in Education

Longitudinal Program in Teaching Skills  

Learn more about our opportunities for education: 

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