The Division of Nephrology and Hypertension offers a wide variety of training opportunities in nephrology in accredited clinical fellowship training programs in adult nephrology, pediatric nephrology, glomerulonephritis and transplant nephrology. These training programs have been developed to mentor nephrologists who are the best in delivering the highest quality and value of care in all aspects of nephrology practice and foster the development of skills that will lead individuals to serve as future leaders in clinical nephrology. These goals are accomplished through rigorous clinical training in nephrology and through abundant opportunities for professional development through programs geared toward individuals interests in clinical excellence, educational scholarship, and scientific investigation. Our programs have a long history of providing individual career mentoring, and fellows who match into our program have equal opportunity to purse any track they wish to choose.

Clinical Fellowship Program

Adult Nephrology Training Program

  • This two-year training program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The program is appropriate for individuals interested in clinical nephrology in either the private or academic setting. Fellows who have completed this track have pursued further training in transplantation, glomerular disease and interventional nephrology. This track is also appropriate for those interested in a career as a clinical educator.

Med-Peds Nephrology Training Program

  • The Med-Peds Nephrology Fellowship provides comprehensive subspecialty clinical and research training in both pediatric and adult patients with kidney disease. The program consists of four years of training, designed to complete the ACGME requirements for both adult and pediatric nephrology.

Pediatric Nephrology Training Program

  • This three-year fellowship is accredited by the ACGME. The program provides comprehensive subspecialty clinical and research training in all aspects of pediatric nephrology. In addition to training outstanding clinical nephrologists, or education goal is to train future physician-scientists and academic leaders in pediatric nephrology.

Glomerulonephritis (GN) Fellowship

  • This is a one- or two-year fellowship (depending on availability of funding) that provides advanced training in glomerular diseases and vasculitis. It is open to physicians having completed a general clinical nephrology fellowship.

Transplant Nephrology Fellowship

  • This one-year program has been accredited by the American Transplant Society since 2005. After completion of this fellowship, graduates are UNOS (Unite Organ Sharing)-certified Transplant Nephrologists are qualified to head UNOS-approved transplant nephrology programs.

Research Training Programs

The UNC Kidney Center provides numerous training opportunities for both pre- and post-doctoral candidates in epidemiological, clinical, basic and translational research in kidney disease. Trainees are mentored by expert investigators from the Departments and Schools of Medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health who are experienced in successfully mentoring the next generation of investigators who will further our understanding of the kidney in both health and disease.

The research pathway is dedicated to candidates who are committed to a research career and are deemed by faculty to have great potential for success in the scientific arena. For more information about research training opportunities, visit the UNC Kidney Center website.

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Nephrology Grand Rounds

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Podcast: Interviewing for Nephrology Fellowship

Dr. Falk interviews Dr. Clay Block, Dr. Koyal Jain and Dr. Liz Kotzen in this podcast episode about interviewing for nephrology fellowship.