Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program

  • Overview and mission

    The Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program is a three-year program designed to train pediatricians by providing the necessary clinical and research skills to enable them to pursue an academic career in pediatric nephrology.

  • Fellowship training program director

    Kevin E.C. Meyers, MB, BCh
    Division of Nephrology
    215-590-3344
    meyersk@email.chop.edu

    Assistant director, fellowship training program

    Rebecca L. Ruebner, MD, MSCE
    215-590-2449
    ruebnerr@email.chop.edu

    Division chief

    Susan Furth, MD, PhD
    Division of Nephrology

  • Specific information by years and/or rotation

    Year one

    During the first year of training, the fellow is mainly responsible for the care of nephrology patients admitted to the inpatient service and consultations from other services (six months) and for patients in the Dialysis Unit and Transplant Service (six months). The fellow is supervised at all times by an attending physician. By the end of the first year, the fellow will be competent in performing percutaneous renal biopsies and prescribing acute dialysis (peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, continuous hemofiltration) and chronic dialysis.

    The fellow attends outpatient Nephrology clinic. Every patient seen by the fellow is discussed at clinic with an attending physician and cases are reviewed once a week. The fellow will be expected to present cases at appropriate conferences and give lectures to residents and medical students.

    The fellow is on-call one weekend every month and one night every week.

    Year two

    The fellow begins research training and may choose a project in either basic or clinical science. Clinical responsibilities will be limited to an outpatient clinic one afternoon a week and on-call responsibilities are similar to year one. The fellow will cover the nephrology service if both the first year fellows are absent.

    Year three

    The fellow will continue to complete his or her research project with the same clinical responsibilities, including on-call, as specified in year one. If interested, the fellow may supervise residents and junior fellows in a capacity similar to an attending, with continuous support from a staff nephrologist.

  • Research expectations and opportunities

    The fellow is expected to complete a research project in order to sit for the Pediatric Nephrology Subspecialty Board Examination. This usually requires submission of a first-author presentation related to the research. Opportunities exist with several scientist-nephrologists at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania or clinical research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. A NIH training grant is available for eligible fellows.

  • General information on outcomes of fellows

    All of our graduating fellows have passed the Nephrology Subspecialty Board Examination. All have obtained positions in an academic pediatric nephrology setting or pharmaceutical research. Most have received NIH K awards.

  • Conference Schedules

    Weekly

    Tuesday

    • 1 p.m. — Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Renal Grand Rounds

    Wednesday

    • 8 a.m. — Pediatric Grand Rounds
    • 5 p.m. — Urology/ Nephrology Rounds

    Thursday

    • 12:30 p.m. — Nephrology outpatient conference
    • 3 p.m. — ESRD-Transplant-Psychosocial rounds

    Friday

    • 9 a.m. — Pediatric Nephrology Grand Rounds
    • 10 a.m. — Nephrology inpatient rounds

    Monthly

    Tuesday 

    • 5 p.m. — Nephrology/Radiology conference
    • 5 p.m. — Pathology/Rheumatology conference

    Additional joint conferences are held at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for the first three months of the academic year, focusing on general topics such as electrolyte abnormalities, hypertension, dialysis and transplantation.

  • How to apply

    Our fellowship program participates in the ERAS universal application process. Please visit the ERAS website at for an application and information about our program.

    The following information should be uploaded into the ERAS program:

    1. Completed on-line application
    2. Current photograph (released only after interview is offered)
    3. Personal statement
    4. Three letters of recommendation
    5. Dean's letter (MSPE)
    6. Medical school transcript
    7. Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE, taken within the 7-year time frame as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or equivalent scores
    8. If a graduate of a medical school outside the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico, valid ECFMG certificate or one that does not expire prior to the start of the fellowship
    9. If a not a citizen of the United States or permanent resident, copy of current, appropriate visa

    The fellowship directors review completed applications. Selected candidates will then be invited to interview.

    Applying in the event that you are not matched

    If you are not matched in the ERAS process, you may apply to our program by downloading a PDF version of the application. Print the application, complete the appropriate fields and mail the application to the address listed at the end of the application form.

    The following should be sent to Kevin E.C. Meyers, MB, BCh:

    1. Completed application
    2. Three letters of reference
    3. Dean's letter and medical school transcript
    4. Personal statement outlining the reason for entering the field of pediatric nephrology
    5. Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE, taken within the seven year time frame as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or equivalent scores
    6. If a graduate of a medical school outside the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico, valid ECFMG certificate or one that does not expire prior to the start of the fellowship
    7. If not a citizen of the United States or permanent resident, copy of current, appropriate visa

    Tobacco-free hiring policy

    To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

    Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Reviewed on April 09, 2014