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First Year Curriculum

2019 first year fellows

During the first year of the fellowship program, fellows are immersed in clinical nephrology training to develop the fundamental knowledge and skills required to become an outstanding clinical nephrologist. Through clinical experiences in the first year, fellows become proficient in the evaluation and management of nephrology-relevant medical problems, interpretation of urine sediment, renal replacement therapy, placement and management of temporary vascular catheters and performance of percutaneous native and transplant kidney biopsies.    

First year fellows participate in five consultative inpatient services, nephrology continuity clinic, and electives at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.  

1st year JPG

JHH Intensive Care Unit Consultation

This service consults on patients in 5 different ICUs, as well as floor patients geographically located within the ICU building. This team consists of a nephrology fellow, supervising attending and occasionally a critical care fellow, urology resident, medicine resident and/or medical student. 

JHH Oncology and Surgical Consultation

This service provides consultative services to oncology, gynecology and surgical ICU and floor patients located within the oncology building. This team consists of a nephrology fellow, supervising attending, medicine resident and/or medical student. 

JHH General Consultation

This service provides consultative services to non-ICU medicine, psychiatry and urology patients. This team consists of a nephrology fellow, supervising attending, medicine resident and/or medical student.

JHH Nephrology Transplantation

The Nephrology Transplantation Service is co-managed with the renal transplant surgery team. The inpatient nephrology transplant team consists of a transplant nephrology fellow, general nephrology fellow, supervising transplant nephrology attending, advanced practitioner and internal medicine residents. During this rotation, fellows will gain substantial experience in the management of post-operative and chronic renal and liver transplant patients.  

Bayview Inpatient Consultation

This service provides consultative services to all of the general inpatient and intensive care units, which includes the John R. Burton Geriatric Care Center, and Maryland's only regional burn center. This team consists of a nephrology fellow, supervising attending and on occasion a medicine resident and/or medical student.  

Night Float

The Nephrology Night Float system was instituted instituted to reduce fatigue experienced by fellows and to ensure patient safety. Night Float prevents an on-call fellow from having to work the following day after a night filled with frequent sleep interruptions. The night float fellow is present in-house at Johns Hopkins Hospital from Sunday to Friday 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday night coverage is provided by the weekend fellow on first call. The night float fellow is expected to finish all sign-out and continuity of care and be able to leave the hospital no later than 8 a.m. each morning. The responsibility of the night float fellow is to provide fellow coverage for overnight nephrology issues.   

Renal Replacement Therapy Week

This is a one-week rotation early in the first year of fellowship to orient and educate fellows to outpatient HD, outpatient PD, vascular access and operation and setup of CVVHD machines. 

Nephrology Continuity Clinic

In this one-half day weekly clinic (on the Bayview campus), fellows evaluate and longitudinally manage ambulatory patients with wide-ranging renal issues under the supervision of nephrology attendings. This is a true continuity clinic, with fellows following their own panel of patients (rather than an attending’s patients) for the duration of fellowship.


Examples of elective opportunities include:

  • Line service
  • Renal Pathology
  • Radiology (Ultrasound)
  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • Outpatient vascular access center
  • Therapeutic apheresis services
  • Urology clinic
  • Vascular surgery
  • Specialty clinics
  • Outpatient hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis clinics
  • Scholarly activity / research

Learn more about our opportunities for education: 

Nephrology Fellowship
Second Year Curriculum  
Transplant Fellowship

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