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Nephrology Fellowship Program

As one of the leading nephrology training programs in the country, the Division of Nephrology at IU School of Medicine provides a challenging, interdisciplinary environment for fellows to excel in the field. The program’s strength lies in its balance; fellows manage a mixture of common and rare renal diseases due to the diverse population treated across the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus.

Curriculum

Fellows have the choice between a two-year clinical fellowship and an optional third year for select research-oriented trainees.

Clinical rotations and responsibilities for first-year fellows include 12 months working alongside faculty physicians in inpatient units on campus, including IU Health University Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital, Eskenazi Health, the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, and in the transplant division of IU Health University Hospital. Outpatient rotations include one-half day per week at the Chronic Kidney Disease clinic with continuity of care throughout the two years of training and one half-day at the IU Health University Hospital Transplant Clinic providing post-transplant care. Call responsibilities during the first year include one night every two weeks home call, and every second or third weekend call.

All first-year fellows attend the National Kidney Foundation Annual Meeting and are reimbursed expenses by the Department. Fellows interested in transplantation have an opportunity to attend the American Society of Transplantation Fellows Symposium.

In the second year, fellows spend 14 weeks covering inpatient units while first-year fellows are on vacation. They continue rotating at the Chronic Kidney Disease clinic and transplant clinic and begin rotating in the Chronic Hemodialysis Shift. Additional individualized training opportunities are available throughout the second year, including rotations at the Stone Clinic; Hypertension Clinic; Home Dialysis Clinic, including peritoneal and home hemodialysis; interventional nephrology; Polycystic Kidney Disease Clinic; and specialized training opportunities in bioethics, biomedical informatics, medical education and clinical pharmacology. Call responsibilities include one night every two weeks home call and every second or third weekend call. Research requirements during the second year include individualized research projects in basic and clinical sciences and a continuous quality improvement project.

All second-year fellows attend the American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting are reimbursed expenses by the Department. Fellows interested in transplantation have an opportunity to attend the American Society of Transplantation Fellows Symposium. Second and third-year fellows have an opportunity to attend additional conferences, as desired, with approval of their faculty mentor.

Fellows who choose to extend their fellowship training into a third year focus on individualized research projects and responsibilities, and take call every fifth-to-sixth weekend.

Second and third-year fellows have an opportunity to attend additional conferences, as desired, with approval of their faculty mentor.

Didactic teaching is an integral component of the Nephrology Fellowship Program. Fellows attend weekly renal grand rounds and medicine conferences; participate in a core topics series that coverall all core topics in nephrology, including acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease and its complications, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, hypertension, electrolytes and acid-base physiology, glomerulonephritis, and more; transplant core lectures covering the fundamental aspects of transplant medicine, including donor and recipient selection, transplant immunology, induction and maintenance immunosuppression, care of the transplant recipient and more; renal pathology conferences; research conferences; and board reviews.

Program Leadership

Asif A. Sharfuddin, MBBS

Asif A. Sharfuddin, MBBS

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Timothy A. Sutton, MD, PhD

Timothy A. Sutton, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Ayman Hallab, MD

Ayman Hallab, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Application Process

Applicants to the Nephrology Fellowship must have completed a three-year accredited internal medicine program in the United States and be a legal citizen of the United States, permanent resident or hold a J1 Visa. Above average USMLE scores and a performance record from the applicant’s residency program are also required.

Nephrology fellowship applications are accepted only through the ERAS, with the exception of transplant nephrology applicants. The deadline for application submission is July 31. Selected candidates are contacted by division staff to attend interviews conducted between the months of August and October.