Research & Education
Thank you for your interest in Pediatric Nephrology postdoctoral training at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Our Pediatric Nephrology fellowship program is designed to prepare talented individuals for research careers in academic medicine. To achieve this goal, we provide broad experience in the clinical discipline of nephrology and intensive research training. Fellows enter the program after completing three years of residency in pediatrics and are expected to commit three or more years to their postdoctoral training in nephrology. Twelve months are devoted to training in clinical nephrology, and two or more years are spent in research activities. One candidate is accepted into the program each year. We also offer research fellowships for individuals who are not interested in clinical nephrology training or received training at other institutions. Research training is supported by a training grant from the National Institutes of Health. Pediatric Nephrology fellows may participate in the Investigative Medicine Program. Seventy percent of the graduates of our program currently hold full–time academic appointments.
The educational experience in Pediatric Nephrology at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital is relatively unique. Clinical training is provided in all aspects of nephrology and hypertension, including end–stage renal disease and transplantation, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The focus of the training program is to provide the opportunity to develop a high level of clinical expertise, and acquire research skills that will allow the trainees to pursue independent careers as academic pediatric nephrologists.
To achieve this goal, the program is uniquely designed to offer a continuum of learning in both the clinical arena and research laboratory over three years. The continuity of patient care is absolutely essential for children who have chronic illnesses and require long-term therapy. Similarly, the complexity of current research requires the progressive acquisition of research skills, and sufficient time to develop expertise in research technologies. Consequently, the Yale Pediatric Nephrology Program allows intense clinical experience during all three years, as well as an early introduction to research in the first year of the program.