Q: Are Nephrology fellows allowed to moonlight?
A: The Division of Nephrology Fellowship Program adheres to the Department of Medicine policy regarding moonlighting. This policy is as follows:
Fellows will be eligible for in-house moonlighting if they:
1. have a permanent Illinois license
2. are not the holder of a J-1 visa
3. are on a no-call rotation
4. are performing satisfactorily in the program as defined by clinical evaluations.
No Fellow is allowed to moonlight outside of the system. If the fellow does in-house moonlighting, the hours will count towards the 80-hour limit on duty hours.
Q: Who is eligible for a Nephrology fellowship?
A: Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to the fellowship program:
A. Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
B. Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
C. Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who meet one of the following qualifications:
1. Have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
2. Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the US licensing jurisdiction (i.e., a valid and appropriate State of Illinois medical license)
D. Graduates of medical schools outside the Unites States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school. [Note: A Fifth Pathway program is an academic year of supervised clinical education provided by an LCME-accredited medical school to students who meet the following conditions:
(1) have completed, in an accredited college of university in the United States, undergraduate premedical education of the quality acceptable for matriculation in an accredited United States medical school;
(2) have studied at a medical school outside the United States and Canada but listed in the World Health Organization Directory of Medical Schools;
(3) have completed all of the formal requirements of the foreign medical school except internship and/or social service;
(4) have attained a score satisfactory to the sponsoring medical school on a screening examination; and
(5) have passed either the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in the Medical Sciences, Parts I and II of the examination of the National Board of Medical Examiners, or Steps 1 and 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).]
Advanced placement or credit by examination must be granted in accordance with institution and Commission policies (Advanced Standing Policy approved by the CDE  and endorsed by CDA ).
Q: Is there a research component to the nephrology fellowship?
A: Each trainee is encouraged to perform basic and clinical research under the supervision of a research advisor. Fellows discuss his/her research proposal with the program director/division chief who matches the trainee with a mentor/advisor. The trainee formulates the hypothesis of the research project and plan with the supervising advisor or mentor. The trainee is expected to perform the experiments, analyze the data, and present the results in regularly scheduled research conferences. A research evaluation form is used to evaluate the trainees’ performance during the research rotation. The trainee is also supported by the program director/section chief to make a presentation of his/her research in a scientific meeting or to publish the findings in a scientific journal. Each trainee is supported by the division to attend a national scientific meeting of the NKF or ASN to present an abstract or to participate in the scientific sessions.
Q: Does the nephrology fellowship have guidelines for work hours?
A: Duty hours are defined as all clinical and academic activities related to the residency program, i.e., patient care (both inpatient and outpatient), administrative duties related to patient care, the provision for transfer of patient care, time spent in-house during call activities, and scheduled academic activities such as conferences. Duty hours do not include reading and preparation time spent away from the duty site. Trainees should not spend more than 80 hours a week when averaged over four weeks. When averaged over a year, excluding vacation, fellows must be provided with a minimum of 48 days free of patient care duties, including home-call responsibility. On average, trainees have 1 full day out of 7 free from educational and clinical responsibilities.