Tracks to individualize the nephrology fellowship training


Clinical Track (2 years)

The objective of the clinical track is to prepare fellows for either academic- or community-based clinical practice in nephrology. In addition to receiving broad exposure to clinical nephrology, several pathways exist which allow fellows in this track to develop a subspecialty focus and receive protected time to pursue mentored scholarly activity. 

Clinical and Translational Research Track (3 years)

The clinical and translational research track prepares fellows for an academic career in clinical or translation science. Following their first clinical year, trainees have 2 years of mentored research training supported by our NIH Institutional (T32) Training Grant. Most fellows in this track leverage the extensive research training opportunities at the University of Washington’s School of Public HealthKidney Research InstituteCenter for Dialysis InnovationDepartment of Global Health, or VA Puget Sound’s Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence. To be eligible for our NIH Training Grant, trainees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Video - Kidney Chips in Space

Jonathan Himmelfarb with the UW School of Medicine and Ed Kelly with the UW School of Pharmacy explain the benefits of running experiments in space and how this will bring answers to us here on earth.

Video - Wearable Artificial Kidney

Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb, UW Medicine Nephrology, gives context to the first clinical trial of the Wearable Artificial Kidney, a device intended to ease dialysis for people with end-stage renal disease. The trial is conducted at UW Medical Center in Seattle.


Basic Science Research Track (3 years)

The objective of the basic science research track is to prepare fellows for an independent career as a physician-scientist. This three-year program starts with a first clinical year followed by two years of mentored research training. In this track, the trainee acquires skills predominantly in the molecular, biochemical and cellular aspects of kidney-related research, and develops an understanding of how this basic research may be transplanted from the bench to the bedside. Most individuals undertaking basic research training are supported in their research years by our NIH Institutional (T32) Training Grant.  

Video - A pocket-size revolution in kidney research

With a unique device called kidney-on-a-chip, researchers at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and UW Medicine hope to change what we know about kidney function and create a brighter future for people with kidney disease.

Video - Stem cells and kidney tissue

Dr. Benjamin Freedman, UW Nephrology Assistant Professor, talks about exciting advancements in how stem cells from patients can be used to create new kidney tissues and develop new treatments for kidney disease.