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New Nephrology / Critical Care Fellowship Available at Yale

June 13, 2022
by Julie Parry

The Department of Internal Medicine’s Sections of Nephrology and Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine have launched a new combined fellowship program.

This new fellowship was created in response to feedback from fellowship interviews.

“We have seen an increase in candidates looking for additional training in other specialties in addition to nephrology,” said Randy Luciano, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine (nephrology) and associate program director, Nephrology Fellowship. “Nephrology and critical care work well together because a high proportion of patients on our various services in nephrology are in ICU level settings; patients with acute kidney injury, those who need renal replacement therapy, or those with electrolyte abnormalities. It is a natural fit to receive specialty training in critical care. I hope this program may allow future fellows to develop an academic interest in critical care nephrology and enable them to attain faculty positions at academic institutions and straddle both the critical care and nephrology departments—taking full advantage of the specialized training.”

Fellows will undergo a three-year program. The first two years will focus on inpatient and outpatient nephrology across various locations within Yale New Haven Health and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. The third year is concentrated solely on critical care. Upon completion of the program, the fellow will be board-eligible for both nephrology and critical care.

Nephrology Fellowship Director Ursula C. Brewster, MD, associate professor of medicine (nephrology), is excited for the new program, which will be led by Luciano and Melissa Knauert, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine (pulmonary). “Yale’s Section of Nephrology has long been a leader in the field. We continue to evolve our programs to increase opportunities for trainees to reach their career goals. We pride ourselves on training the future leaders in nephrology here at Yale,” she said.

Interested candidates can apply in July 2022 for a July 2023 start.

“This fellowship will allow a seamless transition; upon completion of nephrology training, fellows can easily begin training in critical care without worrying about academic transitions that can slow down learning during the first few months of a new training program, such as a new university setting or new faculty. From a training standpoint, our fellows have a great fund of knowledge when they complete the program due to the complexity of cases and diversity of patients. Naturally this will extend to the critical care year, since the patient population is similar to that in the first two years, however with a different focus,” said Luciano.

Yale Nephrology offers four robust fellowship programs, ranging from clinical to research training, and overlaps specialties such as hospice/palliative care and critical care medicine.

To learn more about the program, visit Nephrology / Critical Care Fellowship.

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Submitted by Julie Parry on June 13, 2022