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Curriculum and Application Process

A three-year program is essential to the training of academic pediatric nephrologists. The first year will consist of approximately 11 weeks of inpatient clinical service, a weekly longitudinal outpatient clinic, longitudinal management of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients, longitudinal management of transplant patients and a concentrated academic exposure to clinical research. During the first year, fellows complete the coursework for a Master of Health Science (MHS) in clinical epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The second and third years will consist of approximately 14–15 weeks of inpatient clinical service, a weekly longitudinal outpatient clinic, longitudinal management of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients, longitudinal management of transplant patients, the opportunity to participate in inpatient and outpatient clinical electives, and extensive experience in clinical science research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. During the second and third year, the fellows take gradually increasing responsibility for clinical decision-making and medical management on the inpatient nephrology service and in outpatient clinics. During the second and third years, the fellows become adept at research techniques, become well-versed in scientific method and complete the thesis for the MHS. By the end of the third year, the fellows complete their research project and prepare a manuscript for publication. 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 (11 weeks, 15 weekends)
  • Pediatric Nephrology Continuity Clinic (1/2 day per week, 3 weeks/month)
  • 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 Curriculum

  • Johns Hopkins Hospital Inpatient Nephrology Service (14 weeks, 15 weekends)
  • Pediatric Nephrology Continuity Clinic (1/2 day per week, 3–4 weeks/month)
  • 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

Year 3 Curriculum

  • Johns Hopkins Hospital Inpatient Nephrology Service (15 weeks, 15 weekends)
  • Pediatric Nephrology Continuity Clinic (1/2 day per week, 3–4 weeks/month)
  • Longitudinal management of dialysis and transplant patients
  • Complete clinical research project, manuscript preparation and grant proposal
  • Complete 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 rruebne1@jhmi.edu or 410-955-2467, or program coordinator Elizabeth Bigelow at ebigelo3@jhmi.edu.

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