Training track options to individualize your 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. 

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.

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 Research Institute - Blossom Research Study

The Blossom Research Study uses continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) to characterize blood glucose levels in patients on dialysis. We can determine the effects of diet, exercise and medications on blood glucose with the goal of improving outcomes for people on dialysis.

Video - NASA Johnson Space Center - Tissue Chips In Space

A small device that contains human cells in a 3D matrix represents a giant leap in the ability of scientists to test how those cells respond to stresses, drugs and genetic changes. About the size of a thumb drive, the devices are known as tissue chips or organs on chips.

Video - UW School of Medicine - Kidney Chips in Space

Jonathan Himmelfarb, MD with the UW School of Medicine and Ed Kelly, PhD 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.

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.

Peckham Policy Leadership and Home Dialysis Fellowship
( 1 year)

The year-long advanced clinical research fellowship track allows trainees to learn basics of Public Health Policy with reference to kidney disease, with a focus on home dialysis.

Trainees will participate in real-world conversations with those who sit at the table making policy in our field, learn about the ideas that change on a regular basis, conduct research in the home dialysis field and gain advanced training in home dialysis. Trainees will have access to a multidisciplinary team of experts in the field of dialysis and kidney health policy.

This program also seeks to develop a new cohort of researchers who are interested in developing new and innovative technology or ideas in the field of dialysis, to further the policy aims to expand options for people with kidney disease.

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