The Nephrology Fellowship Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Department of Medicine emphasizes clinical training in the diagnosis and treatment of renal diseases and hypertension and a basic understanding of renal physiology and pathophysiology.
Fellows gain exposure to a wide variety of renal diseases during fellowship. In the first year of subspecialty training, fellows spend seven months on the inpatient Nephrology Consultation Service at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Fellows manage patients throughout the hospital with acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease, including a significant number of critically ill patients in the medical, surgical, cardiac and neurological ICUs. Fellows learn to prescribe and modify renal replacement therapies including acute hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and continuous replacement therapies and diagnose and treat its complications.
Clinical duties are supplemented by a curriculum including formal didactic teaching sessions on various topics in clinical nephrology specifically geared towards fellows. Clinical conferences in which fellows present clinically relevant patient cases to the Division (faculty, fellows, house staff, students) are held every week. Biopsy conferences with the Renal Pathologist are held twice monthly. Fellows learn to critically read the current nephrology literature through bimonthly journal clubs presented by fellows with faculty participation. An online fellows’ curriculum is available to supplement bedside teaching, conferences, and other forms of learning. Nationally recognized experts in various areas of nephrology
During training, fellows spend three to four months on the inpatient Renal Transplantation Service. Fellows co-manage kidney, kidney-liver, and kidney-pancreas transplant patients with the transplant nephrologists and surgeons from the pre-operative stage until discharge, as well as those patients requiring re-hospitalization. The range of transplantation-related issues includes acute and chronic rejection, delayed graft function, infections, management of immunosuppressive medications and other transplantation-related medical problems. Fellows also gain exposure to patients after transplantation, kidney transplant donors, and transplant kidney biopsies in the outpatient Transplant Nephrology Clinic.
In the second year of training, fellows focus on the long-term, outpatient management of renal patients. Fellows are assigned to the continuity of care of patients on both chronic hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, and spend significant time in the outpatient Nephrology clinic. In addition, fellows rotate through an inpatient dialysis consult service covering patients admitted to NMH. Fellows also spend two months on the inpatient consultation service at the Jess Brown Veterans Administration Hospital. Second year fellows are expected to engage in clinical research by conducting a project in their area of interest, working with a faculty member in the Division, or, spend research time in one of the basic science research laboratories in the Division. Fellows are expected to submit and present a poster of their research work at the annual National Kidney Foundation or American Society of Nephrology or other national meetings. Publication of a paper in a peer-reviewed journal is heavily encouraged.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Department of Medicine at Northwestern University seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated residents and fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. The greatest challenges facing the medical field are complex, and addressing them will require a diverse body of physicians and researchers who can work collaboratively. Northwestern offers unparalleled training and research opportunities and encourages fellowship applications from those who seek to become future leaders in the subspecialties of medicine. We are committed to and inspired by a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.
For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity please see the following resources:
Requirements & Eligibility
Applicant qualifications include successful completion of an ACGME accredited residency and eligibility for the American Board of Internal Medicine's certification exam prior to the start of fellowship training. All applicants must be eligible for an unrestricted medical license prior to beginning training. If applicable, applicants must have valid ECFMG certification and a valid visa.
For the academic fellowship year, applications for Nephrology/Hypertension fellowship training at Northwestern are accepted exclusively through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). To apply, please go to the ERAS website and follow the directions for Fellowship applicants. Applications and related documents submitted without the use of ERAS for this year will not be considered.
To complete your application, the following documents are required:
- A letter of recommendation from your Internal Medicine Residency Program Director or Department Chairperson.
- At least 2 (but not more than 4) additional letters of recommendation. These should be from clinical faculty and/or research mentors who know you and your work well. Ideally, at least one letter should be from a senior member of the faculty at your institution.
- A personal statement describing who you are, why you have chosen to pursue training in nephrology, and your current thoughts about your future path.
- Your curriculum vitae.
- Original reports of your USMLE scores.
- Medical School dean's letters and transcripts are not required.
Since we participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Medical Specialties Matching Program, fellowship applicants must also register with NRMP (www.nrmp.org) and plan to participate in the NRMP match.
More InformationFurther program details, including our housestaff manual and a sample training contract, are available on our McGaw Medical Center Graduate Education site. Likewise, we recommend reading through our FREIDA listing (program number 148-16-21-058).
Jay Paparello, MD
Nephrology and Hypertension
Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Nephrology and Hypertension
Graduate Research Resources
We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.Visit the Housestaff Research Portal