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Program Overview

In training bannerThe Nephrology Fellowship is a two-year ACGME-accredited subspecialty program which was established in 1991.  Candidates must be board-eligible or board-certified in internal medicine and eligible for medical licensure in Pennsylvania in order to be considered for training.  The primary objective of the nephrology program is to offer an outstanding fellowship education, in a nurturing environment that encourages the growth of our nephrology fellows by preparing them for a career path in clinical and academic nephrology. The program provides the nephrology fellows

with broad clinical experiences and the resources to perform meaningful clinical research. The commitment of the faculty and program director to teaching and research is considered to be a significant strength of the program. The clinical experiences are diverse and comprehensive as the program attracts patients from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Ohio. The curriculum is designed to provide training in the following major areas: consultative nephrology, inpatient and outpatient dialysis and related renal replacement therapies, hypertension, and transplant nephrology.  The program is tightly integrated with the renal transplant program, and it provides the fellows with a truly unique and valuable experience in transplantation medicine.
Board Certification
The examination is designed to evaluate the examinee’s knowledge and clinical judgment in the areas in which a consultant in nephrology should possess a high level of competence.  It will test knowledge in basic and clinical sciences relevant to the practice of nephrology.  Some questions require interpretation of illustrations such as x-rays, sonograms, photomicrographs, and radionuclide studies.  Topics covered within the content areas may include:

1)   Renal physiology
2)   Intensive care unit nephrology
3)   Epidemiology, ethics, and nutrition

4)    General internal medicine as encountered in the practice of nephrology


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