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.
Susan Furth, MD, PhD
Division of Nephrology
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.