The UConn ACGME-accredited nephrology fellowship program provides an excellent foundation for future nephrologists, whether interested in the practice of clinical nephrology, subsequent training in transplant nephrology or clinical research. The fellowship is characterized by the continuity of clinical experiences, close working relationships with committed faculty and expectations for a scholarly approach to all aspects of work.
The first year is an integrated experience of nephrology consultations, renal replacement therapy and ambulatory experiences. The consultations occur throughout the hospital, which has particularly strong oncology and cardiovascular programs, orthopaedics, high-risk obstetrics and a large coordinated geriatrics program. Renal replacement therapy is an important component of the first year, both for existing ESRD patients as well as those with acute kidney injury (also known as acute renal failure) and those presenting with uremia.
Finally ambulatory experiences are embedded throughout the year, including fellows’ continuity clinics both at the university-practice and the Newington campus of VA Connecticut, as well as regular participation with Nephrology faculty physicians at UConn Health.
The second year has a block format, with transplant, a rotation in the affiliated Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI) ambulatory dialysis unit, pathology, and a selective at one of two affiliated community teaching hospitals with committed private attendings. Six months is available for electives and research experiences.
Throughout the two years, fellows’ conferences occur weekly, and the Greater Hartford Nephrology Conference (analogous to Renal Grand Rounds) occurs three times per month from September through June.