In 1922 John Peters founded the metabolism section at Yale. His name has been synonymous with nephrology research and education. He was a pioneer in the application of quantitative clinical chemistry to clinical medicine – creating much of clinical medicine as you know it now. Many of the great leaders in nephrology around the globe have been trained by him or one of his trainees. He spent his entire career at Yale, and every year at the annual American Society of Nephrology meeting, the prestigious John P. Peters Award is given to a person who has made substantial contributions to the discipline of nephrology and have had ongoing achievement in academic clinical care, education and leadership.
Almost a hundred years later, our section is thriving. We have grown and changed with the times, but have maintained Dr. Peters’ mission of excellence in nephrology education, clinical practice, patient advocacy and research. At Yale, it is our mission to mentor our trainees into achieving all they want in their careers. We pride ourselves on training the future leaders in nephrology – some who wish to excel in clinical practice and others who wish to lead the country in nephrology education or basic and translational research. We see our mission as a global one, and recognize the importance of having our fellows be representative of that mission and purpose.
We offer a 2-year clinical track program for those interested in careers in clinical medicine or as clinician educators. Our 3 (or more) year research track program is designed for those who plan a career in either clinical, translational or basic science research. Some applicants are less solidified in their career plans. For them, we recommend applying to our clinical track, and at the end of the first year you may apply to be converted to the 3-year research track if your career interests have changed.
All our fellows will spend their first year doing clinical training, the vast majority of which takes place at Yale-New Haven Hospital, a thriving 1500 bed tertiary care hospital in New Haven with 7 large ICUs that constantly push the boundaries of clinical innovation. We have a highly progressive transplant program that is one of the largest in the northeast. All fellows participate in our outpatient practice as well, which consists of general nephrology clinics, along with subspecialty based clinics based on our faculty expertise. We have a large dialysis home program as well as in-center hemodialysis clinics where our trainees become very comfortable with outpatient ESRD care. As a second year clinical fellow, you will spend a good deal of time there.
Yale is a very unique place in that excellence in patient care, clinical training and research opportunities are matched by a supportive faculty who prioritize the growth and success of our fellows.
We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to our program.
Ursula C. Brewster, MD
Nephrology Program Director