We offer a Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program, a nephrology/transplant nephrology pathway, and combined adult/pediatric nephrology fellowship training.

Research Tracks

Common Features of Clinical and Basic Science Research Tracks

The UCSF fellowship program is unique in the breadth of opportunities available for fellows. Although we guarantee the salary support for our research fellows, our trainees have been very successful in obtaining individual extramural funding from outsides sources such as the NIH, American Kidney Fund (AKF), the American Society of Nephrology, the American Heart Association (AHA) and others.

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Each research fellow will have a research committee of at least three faculty members. The research committee will meet regularly to review the trainee's research progress and direction and plans for publications and grant submissions. The Renal Research Conference provides a forum for clinical research and basic science fellows to present and discuss research methods, results, and conclusions. All research fellows will receive didactic instruction in writing grants and papers. This instruction in scientific writing includes a 15-part series of interactive seminars on building blocks of writing, structure of the parts of a research paper, and the writing and publishing processes. Each fellow's research mentor will provide guidance regarding research progress, career development, grant submissions, and manuscript preparation.

Basic Science Research Track (3-4 years)

UCSF has an international reputation for excellence in research and in training of graduate students and postgraduate scholars. Fellows in the Nephrology Training Program enjoy an unparalleled opportunity to participate in this extraordinary environment.

The goal of the basic science research program is to provide comprehensive training for a successful career as a physician-scientist in academic medicine through both basic science courses and laboratory research. Fellows interested in basic science research training are expected to identify a mentor and an area of research interest during the first year of fellowship.

Numerous research opportunities are available within the Division of Nephrology and in other Divisions and Departments at UCSF. Major areas of research include tubule molecular physiology and cell biology; renal immunology; human genetics in nephrology; renal injury, metabolism, and fibrosis; and renal development and stem cell biology. Additional research opportunities are available to work in basic science laboratories at UCSF to become skilled in techniques of molecular biology, biochemistry, cell physiology, and immunology. Beginning in 2012, we have launched a new initiative "Molecular Medicine in Nephrology” which provides selected bench-research physician-scientist fellows $40,000 funding to support their research. Visit Basic and Translational research for more information on basic science research in nephrology at UCSF.

Basic Research Training, Facilities, and Resources

Formal didactic training and education is available through the Biomedical Sciences Program at UCSF. Coursework includes ethics and responsible conduct of research, cell biology, and basic science journal club. Additional coursework may be designated by the fellow's mentor and/or research committee.

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UCSF has a NIH T32 training grant (first funded in 1976) that provides salary support during the research portion of the fellowship program. Many fellows have also completed successfully for extramural funding from outsides sources such as the NIH, National Kidney Foundation (NKF), the American Heart Association (AHA) and others. Our previous and current fellows have been extraordinarily successful in obtaining extramural individual fellowship funding.

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Clinical Research Track (3-4 years)

Fellows are trained in the concepts and methods of clinical research: epidemiology, biostatistics, study design, and translational research. At UCSF, we provide ample opportunity to build a research career under the guidance of a mentor. Visit Clinical Research for more information on clinical research in nephrology at UCSF.

In addition to the resources within the Division of Nephrology, the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF offers educational program and degrees in clinical research, including the Training in Clinical Research Program (TICR), Advanced Training in Clinical Research program (ATCR), Master's Degree in Clinical Research, and Clinical and Translational Sciences Training.We cover the full tuition cost of a Master's Degree Program in Clinical Research for clinical research fellows. The Clinical & Translational Institute (CTSI) at UCSF is one of the first 12 academic institutions selected to be part of the National Institutes of Health's national clinical and translational science consortium. The consortium has a charter to transform clinical and translational research to ensure that the best health solutions get to patients as quickly as possible.

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Clinician Educator Track (2 years)

The focus of the clinician educator track is clinical nephrology, medical education and scholarly activity. Clinician educator fellows are invited to teach first year medical students at UCSF in small group settings during the renal pathophysiology block. Fellows present an annual Nephrology Grand Rounds presentation which may become the basis for a review paper that may be submitted for publication.

The Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators at UCSF is dedicated to teaching excellence, curriculum innovation, and scholarship in medical education. Fellows may attend Academy workshops on medical education, including effective lectures, small group leadership, evaluation and feedback, and mentorship.

The fellow may also seek additional training in clinical nephrology including abdominal imaging, renal pathology, and interventional nephrology. Clinician educator fellows are also encouraged to pursue additional training in kidney transplantation, including the kidney transplant fellowship program at UCSF directed by Dr. Sindhu Chandran and accredited by the American Society of Transplantation.

Clinician educator fellows have several months of protected academic time for independent projects of their choice: quality assessment/quality improvement, patient safety, clinical research, and translational research.

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