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Fellowship Tracks

Johns Hopkins has an international reputation for excellence in patient care, research, and teaching.  We produce master clinicians, physician-scientists, and educational scholars. The fellowship program offers three training tracks listed below, but these tracks can be modified depending on your career goals. 

Basic Science Research Track

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. 

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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Clinical/Epidemiological Research Track

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. 

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 through our T32 NIH grant. 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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Clinician Educator Track

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

  • One-on-one teaching with residents and medical students during daily clinical activities
  • Preparation and presentation of lectures for didactic and research conferences
  • Participation in the small group sessions during the Genes-to-Society Renal Course for second year medical students
  • Participation in epidemiology and biostatistics courses at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Participation in medical education courses through the Johns Hopkins School of Education.
  • 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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Learn more about our opportunities for education: 

Nephrology Fellowship  
First Year Curriculum  
Second Year Curriculum  
Transplant Nephrology Fellowship  

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