Nephrology Fellowship/Basic Science Track

Divisions of Nephrology and Hypertension and Hypertension and Vascular Research

The purpose of this program is to add a high quality intensive training experience in basic laboratory nephrology research to the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension's existing ACGME-accredited fellowship.

This fellowship track recruits outstanding candidates interested in developing an academic career in Nephrology. Candidates who apply for the Nephrology fellowship must designate their interest in this combined program during the application process before the interview stage. However, if the candidate is not chosen for this basic science experience, the candidate remains eligible for the conventional 2-year clinical Nephrology fellowship.

The first year of training will be in the laboratory setting. Successful candidates will be mentored by a Senior Staff Scientist in the Hypertension and Vascular Research Division for a period of at least one year. Upon mutual agreement of the directors of the Divisions of Nephrology and Hypertension and Hypertension and Vascular Research, fellows may request a postponement of their clinical training to work a second year in the lab. There will be no clinical duties during the first year unless specifically agreed upon by both program directors. Clinical moonlighting during the year of research fellowship is strictly forbidden. Fellows are expected to seek support by writing and submitting (with guidance) a fellowship application to a funding agency. If this application is not funded, the cost of the first year of the fellowship will be shared equally by the Divisions of Nephrology and Hypertension and Hypertension and Vascular Research.

The responsibilities and expectations for a research fellow in the Hypertension and Vascular Research Division include the following:

  1. Prepare and submit, under the guidance of the sponsoring Senior Staff mentor, a fellowship application (salary support) to a Federal agency or Research Foundation. Such an application must be written and submitted prior to the applicant beginning their fellowship.
  2. Assist the sponsoring Senior Staff mentor with his/her funded research. This involves the carrying out of specific protocols, recording and maintaining data, analyzing and writing up results, all under the direction of the Senior Staff Mentor. All data belongs to the mentor(s), and independent studies may not be undertaken without the express consent and guidance of the mentor(s).
    Mandatory activities include the following:
    • review of current literature to keep abreast of changing scientific theories and techniques and their effects on the current experiments,
    • review of current literature to keep abreast of changing scientific theories and techniques and their effects on the current experiments, discussion of new issues in the literature with the mentor(s),
    • review of current literature to keep abreast of changing scientific theories and techniques and their effects on the current experiments, maintenance of an accurate and legible laboratory notebook into which is recorded all aspects of experimental requirements and results, and
    • review of current literature to keep abreast of changing scientific theories and techniques and their effects on the current experiments, preparation of manuscripts in anticipation of publication in peer-reviewed, scientific journals. With the mentor's and bi-divisional approval, fellows should present major findings at scientific meetings.
  3. Participate in the educational activities of the division in which he/she is working. Said individual will also participate in the activities of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension as directed by their mentor or program director.
  4. Start to develop research projects related to (but different from) the sponsoring Senior Staff's funded project.
  5. All fellows are expected to prepare and submit at least one manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal during their research training period as first author, and present this work at a national meeting.
  6. Salary and benefits during this first year of fellowship will be determined by the institutional policies for support of research fellowships.
  7. Upon successful completion of at least one year of a research fellowship, the applicant will enter the clinical Nephrology fellowship, commencing July 1, 20xx of the following year. This phase of the fellowship will be identical to the conventional 2-year clinical training program.
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