Pediatric Nephrology Fellowships

The Johns Hopkins Pediatric Nephrology fellowship is a three-year program designed to provide outstanding clinical education and rigorous training in clinical research to provide the foundations for successful careers in academic medicine.

In keeping with the mission and vision of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, the program emphasizes development of excellence in clinical skills in a diverse environment in addition to fostering skills as researchers, educators and leaders in pediatric nephrology. The clinical experience is divided throughout the three years of training, allowing for ongoing exposure to acute conditions encountered in pediatric nephrology, as well as the continuity required to master the care of complex chronic conditions.

Clinical experience consists of inpatient nephrology service, longitudinal outpatient clinic, outpatient hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis and management of kidney transplant recipients. A unique aspect to our program is that trainees complete a Masters in Health Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and receive mentorship by experts in clinical research from within the division of pediatric nephrology and colleagues in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health. The degree program provides trainees with the tools to become independent investigators at the completion of their training.

Learn More About the Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship

Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity

The Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Nephrology fellowship training program are committed to cultivating and sustaining an environment that fosters the development of diverse physician leaders who are committed to eliminating the nation’s health inequities through patient care, education, advocacy, and research. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of our fellowship program, department and school of medicine

Through pathway programming, such as the Johns Hopkins Visiting Resident Elective Program to Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Pediatric Subspecialties we aim to build a community that reflects the broad array of human differences found in our society at large.

Learn more about this visiting elective for the Nephrology medicine program.


All fellows present their research at national and international meetings. Many fellows submit grants for internal or external funding. In addition, all fellows design and complete a quality improvement project. Fellows are encouraged to participate in national research collaboratives and serve on national committees. By the end of fellowship training, fellows are well-prepared to treat patients with a wide spectrum of kidney diseases and are ready to embark on a career as an independent physician scientist.

Year 1 Curriculum
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital Inpatient Nephrology Service
  • Pediatric Nephrology Continuity Clinic
  • Longitudinal management of dialysis and transplant patients
  • Coursework in clinical epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Implement clinical research project, at least a portion of which will satisfy requirements for master’s thesis
Year 2 and 3 Curriculum
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital Inpatient Nephrology Service
  • Pediatric Nephrology Continuity Clinic
  • Longitudinal management of dialysis and transplant patients
  • Complete coursework in clinical epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Complete master’s thesis
  • Continue work on clinical research project
  • Begin work on quality improvement project
  • Optional electives in pediatric radiology, pediatric urology, renal pathology, immunogenetics and others
Educational Opportunities
  • Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Curriculum: weekly teaching curriculum given by faculty and fellows on core pediatric nephrology topics. Sessions include didactic lectures, renal physiology seminars, renal pathology seminars, journal clubs and board review sessions.
  • Weekly conference with all faculty, fellows and multidisciplinary nephrology team to discuss patients on the inpatient service
  • Weekly multidisciplinary nephrology-urology-radiology meetings
  • Weekly multidisciplinary transplant meetings
  • Bimonthly multidisciplinary dialysis meetings
  • Weekly Grand Rounds with adult nephrology
  • Weekly Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds
  • Quarterly immunogenetics conferences
  • Quarterly renal pathology conferences
  • Fellows lead inpatient rounds under the supervision of the attending and have multiple opportunities to teach residents
  • Summer “boot camp” on core nephrology topics with adult nephrology fellows

Application Process

The Johns Hopkins Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Training Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Application is made through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

For inquiries regarding the Fellowship Training Program, contact fellowship director Rebecca Ruebner, M.D., M.S.C.E. at [email protected] or 410-955-2467, or program coordinator Jake Garrison at [email protected].

Visiting Resident Elective Program to Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Pediatric Nephrology

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The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are thrilled to welcome residents who are committed to addressing health care disparities to apply for pediatric subspecialty elective rotations!

The Visiting Resident Elective is for URiM Residents interested in pursuing fellowship training in Pediatric Nephrology. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a 4-week visiting rotation in Pediatric Nephrology. In addition to working with faculty and fellows within the division of Pediatric Nephrology, you will also have the opportunity to participate in various community engagement activities hosted by the Johns Hopkins Housestaff Diversity Council and The Department of Pediatrics Diversity Council.

We are providing a stipend of $2000 for qualified residents to help defray the cost of an away rotation. Additionally, we will provide up to $500 to assist with cost of travel. Applications will be considered based on merit and availability. We will only consider applicants who wish to complete the elective between March 2023-September 2023 and will be entering the Fall 2023 match cycle. We anticipate we may not be able to fund as many qualified applicants for this program as we would like and are actively looking for funding to expand this program in the future.

*Applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine are encouraged to apply! According to the AAMC, “Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.”

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be in good standing at an ACGME-accredited U.S. residency program and plan to complete training in a pediatric subspecialty fellowship. Of note this program is open to Pediatrics and Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residents.
  • Applicants should apply in the second year or later during the winter preceding their application to Pediatric Nephrology
  • The timing of the rotation will be subject to completing the necessary licensure/credentialing steps and final approval by your home institution.

Visiting Elective Application Process

Applications open yearly in November and the application deadline is July 1.

  1. Please complete the online application HERE
  2. We aim to inform residents of application status by July 15 if we can honor your elective request based on eligibility, availability for the dates requested, and availability of designated funds to provide the stipend.
  3. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Pediatric Nephrology Department at 410-955-2467.