Fellowship Training

The University of Illinois Renal Fellowship is a two year program. An optional third year focusing on research is available. Trainees predominantly spend the first year of training in the outpatient and inpatient nephrology care services where they assume primary responsibilities as consultants. The inpatient (dialysis consults and transplantation) and outpatient (longitudinal renal and dialysis clinics) experiences will include appropriately directed medical interviews, focused examinations, formulation of differential diagnoses, development of diagnostic strategies and planning, acquisition of special procedural skills and logical decision making ability.

 
 
 
 
 

Inpatient Experience
Clinical rotations take place at University of Illinois Hospital, VA Chicago/West Side Division, and the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. All three hospitals are in close geographic proximity. (UIC West Campus Map) The University of Illinois Hospital is a busy tertiary care referral center and is the site of the Consultation, End Stage Renal Disease, and Transplantation Services. At the University Hospital, fellows are exposed to the full range of renal diseases and gain proficiency in procedures (dialysis catheter placement and kidney biopsy), hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and the slow continuous dialysis therapies (including venovenous hemodialysis, hemodiafiltration, and slow continuous ultrafiltration). On the VA Consultation Service, trainees are exposed to patients with renal problems due to diabetes, hypertension, obstruction, vascular disease and kidney related problems due to drug abuse, HIV/AIDS. The Stroger County Hospital has a large population of patients with lupus nephritis and a high volume renal biopsy service.

Ambulatory Experience
Renal/Hypertension Continuity Clinic:
For the duration of their fellowship training, trainees follow a panel of patients with the full range of renal disease. This clinic is conducted at the University of Illinois Out Patient Care Center. During the VA rotation, fellows also attend the VA Renal Clinic.
Longitudinal Hemodialysis Clinic:
Fellows follow a panel of dialysis patients for the duration of the training. Trainees conduct chronic hemodialysis rounds and participate in a monthly interdisciplinary patient care conference in which they present care plans and review laboratory data.
Longitudinal Peritoneal Dialysis Clinic:
For one year of training, fellows are assigned a panel of peritoneal dialysis patients. This involves participating in a monthly PD and participating in a monthly interdisciplinary care conference.

Research Opportunities
Fellows are given the opportunity to do both clinical and basic science research. Active clinical research protocols include the NIH sponsored Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study and the African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension (AASK) Cohort Study. In addition, several protocols involving anemia and osteodystrophy management are being conducted in ESRD patients. Opportunities exist for fellows to be involved in ongoing research as well as with smaller and short term projects. The UIC School of Public Health also offers a K30 Clinical Research Training Program (http://cores33webs.mede.uic.edu/crtp/home.htm) leading to a  MS in Public Health Sciences with a concentration in Clinical Research. Basic science research opportunities are available in different investigators' laboratories addressing a variety of interests related to cell biology, acute renal failure, and acid-base physiology and pathophysiology.

Nephrology Conferences
Regularly scheduled conferences are held weekly and monthly. Please click conferences for more details.

Applications

The UIC Nephrology Fellowship Program uses the ERAS system for applications.  To submit applications please go to the ERAS website at www.aamc.org/eras  The Dead-line for applications is posted on the ERAS website. Please note, that we will not be accepting paper applications or letters of recommendations.   Complete applications must include medical school transcripts, three letters of recommendation (including one from your Program Director), copies of scores (NBME/ECFMG, FMGEMS, FLEX), curriculum vitae, and a personal statement.

The University of Illinois policy is to be in full compliance with all federal and state nondiscrimation and equal opportunity laws, order, and regulations, and it will not discriminate against any persons because of race, color, sex, religion, handicap, or national origin in any of its educational programs and activities.

For further information contact: ELeanos@uic.edu