Nephrology Fellowship Research

Research is a crucial component of the General Nephrology Fellowship training program. To allow for a meaningful research experience, fellows are provided protected research time (typically four months, in the second year of training for the clinical fellows, or 24 months for the research fellows). Fellows identify or are assigned a research mentor within the first three months of their fellowship. Faculty in the program are involved in a broad range of research ranging from leading-edge laboratory based basic science, clinical and epidemiologic studies, and health services research, and are available to provide guidance and mentorship.

During the research rotations fellows are provided opportunities to: increase critical thinking and intellectual curiosity; develop systematic, controlled, and critical investigation of hypotheses under direct supervision; learn research methodology, biostatistics and the development of writing and presentation skills.

At the conclusion of their research, fellows present their findings (a cogent summary of the background, rationale methods, results and implications of their research) at the monthly research conference and also to the wider scientific community in the form of a peer reviewed publication, abstract, poster, oral presentation or invited review, if applicable.