Nephrology Fellowship Curriculum

The Nephrology curriculum at Children's Hospital Pittsburgh provides outstanding clinical training.The Division of Pediatric Nephrology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC offers a three-year ACGME-accredited fellowship program. As one of the country’s premier centers for NIH-funded kidney research, we can provide fellows with a unique opportunity for both outstanding clinical training and world-class research.


Year 1

  • 4 months of inpatient service
  • 1 month of adult general nephrology consult service, including high-volume acute dialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy
  • 1 month of adult kidney transplant service
  • 1 month that includes 2 weeks of renal pathology and 2 weeks of pediatric urology
  • 3 months of outpatient clinics, rotating through general nephrology, pediatric kidney transplant and dialysis
  • Weekly continuity clinic

Years 2 and 3

  • 11 months research
  • 1 month inpatient service (two 2- week blocks) with decreasing supervision
  • Continued participation in biweekly continuity clinics, monthly dialysis clinics and monthly transplant clinics with decreasing supervision

Being a fellow in the nephrology program, you will receive clinical training that includes a broad spectrum of patients.As a fellow in our nephrology program, you will receive clinical training that includes a broad spectrum of patients with kidney disorders, both on inpatient and outpatient rotations. Ours is one of the largest programs in the country, with eight attending physicians who offer a wealth of diverse experience and training from programs at the nation’s top major medical centers. The program offers unparalleled exposure to acute dialytic therapies in a wide variety of patient conditions. The Pediatric Renal Transplant service is also one of the largest in the country, providing innovative, state-of-the-art care.

We emphasize renal physiology as a key to better diagnosis and treatment.
Supplementing learning from direct patient contact, you will participate in didactic lectures, conferences and journal clubs, and will develop a Quality Improvement project. Our emphasis on renal physiology, in lecture content as well as informal conferences, will help you gain a more thorough understanding of kidney function and pathology that will aid in diagnosis and treatment.

A balance of work, life and learning
One of the unique aspects of our program is that its size will provide you with an optimum volume and variety of patients and cases. At the same time, this is a professional culture that respects work/life balance. Faculty is committed to sharing the patient work load and maintaining a focus on providing you with optimum exposure to situations that emphasize learning