Fellowship Training Program

For over 40 years, the Nephrology Fellowship Program at UCSF has prepared fellows to be leaders in academic nephrology, superb clinical and basic research scientists, and outstanding clinical nephrologists. 

We offer comprehensive clinical training in all aspects of adult nephrology: acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, hypertension, electrolyte disorders, glomerular disease, and kidney transplantation. Our patients come from across the Northern California region and many diverse backgrounds. Our clinical training sites represent the full spectrum of academic medicine and include UCSF Health, the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Our clinical track offers multiple potential pathways to gain additional expertise within clinical nephrology. Funded by our longstanding NIH training grant, our research track offers exceptional opportunities at one of the world's premier biomedical research institutions.

Kerry Cho and Rafia Chaudhry
Drs. Kerry Cho and Rafia Chaudhry

COVID-19 Impact: UCSF has decided to conduct remote-only interviews for the 2020-21 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on travel and public health. This policy affects all residency and fellowship interviews. To ensure equity and fairness, on site interviews will not be available, even for local candidates. The Department of Medicine has created a working group of fellowship directors and associate directors to share best practices for conducting remote interviews and to ensure that applicants appreciate the people at UCSF, its unique training environment, and life in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Best wishes,

Drs. Kerry Cho and Rafia Chaudhry
Program Director and Associate Program Director

Our fellowship mission statement:

  • To provide outstanding patient care with compassion and empathy.
  • To heal, comfort, and cure patients with kidney disease, especially underserved and vulnerable populations.
  • To improve healthcare delivery to patients with kidney disease.
  • To advocate for patients with kidney disease in the areas of public awareness, public policy, healthcare resources, and research funding.
  • To conduct cutting edge research in kidney disease that improves patient outcomes.
  • To educate our colleagues and patients in kidney disease as excellent medical educators.
  • To increase interest in nephrology among medical students and medicine residents to ensure a steady supply of outstanding nephrologists for the future.
  • To develop a learning environment rich with proven and novel educational opportunities.
  • To become lifelong learners in nephrology, medical education, and research.​

Important Aspects of the UCSF Nephrology Fellowship Training Program

Clinical Training

Commitment to Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Research Overview

  • Diverse patient population in multiple academic medicine settings: university hospital, county/public hospital, and VA hospital.
  • Large and diverse faculty dedicated to training, mentorship, patient care, patient advocacy, and research.
  • Two main fellowship tracks: Clinical and Research. The clinical track is two years with elective time during the second year of training. The research track is typically at least three years.
  • Multiple available pathways within the clinical track: Polycystic kidney disease, global health, glomerular disease, medical education, and the business of nephrology practice.
  • Full tuition support for master's degrees for eligible clinical research fellows: MAS degree (Master's in clinical research) from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF and MPH degree from UC Berkeley.
  • Molecular medicine funding ($40,000) from the Division of Nephrology to eligible research track fellows in the basic science pathway.
  • Track record of success during fellowship: Fellows publish and receive research grant funding (Link to Current/Recent fellows)
  • Track record of success after fellowship: Fellows often obtain their first choices of jobs, whether in private practice or academic medicine.
  • Adult/pediatric nephrology fellowship program in conjunction with the Division of Pediatric Nephrology at UCSF (Link to Current/Recent Fellows).
  • Fellows may continue to transplant nephrology fellowship training at UCSF, one of the largest transplant programs in the United States.

Benefits

  • Relocation Reimbursement: Up to $1800 available per fellow for relocation to San Francisco based on financial need.
  • Housing Stipend: $13,210.68 per fellow for 2020-21. Total compensation package of $82,953.68 between salary and housing stipend for PGY4 fellows in 2020-21.
  • Maternity/Paternity Leave: 4 weeks of leave starting July 2020, increased from 3 weeks.
  • Childcare: On campus childcare is available at multiple sites across UCSF. Fellows and other trainees receive the highest priority for childcare openings. The largest childcare center in San Francisco (272 children) is located on the UCSF Mission Bay campus.
  • Housing: UCSF subsidized housing options are available at multiple sites across San Francisco.
  • CA Medical License: The Division of Nephrology reimburses the full cost of the initial California medical license (over $900).
  • Technology Stipend: $1000 per fellow during the first year to offset the cost of a new laptop, tablet, or phone.
  • Travel Stipend: $1600 per fellow per year starting the second year of fellowship to attend nephrology conferences, typically the ASN Kidney Week.
  • Textbooks of nephrology and transplantation provided to fellows.

Program Leadership

Kerry ChoKerry Cho, MD
Fellowship Program Director
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Jun hojiJun Shoji, MD
Transplant Fellowship Program Director
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Rafia Chaudhry​​​​, MDRafia Chaudhry​​​​, MD
Associate Program Director, ZSFGH
[email protected]

Gabriel StelmackGabriel Stelmack
Fellowship Coordinator
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