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Nephrology Fellowship Program

As one of the leading nephrology training programs in the country, the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension 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.


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

  • First Year

    Clinical rotations and responsibilities for first-year fellows include 9 months on the inpatient consult services at the various campus hospitals (IU Health University Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital, Eskenazi Health, the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center) and on the transplant service at IU Health University Hospital. Outpatient rotations include a one-month ambulatory block, 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 per month at the IU Health University Hospital Transplant Clinic providing post-transplant care. A unique educational Intersession program spans a total of four weeks. Call responsibilities during the first year include on average 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.

  • Second Year

    In the second year, fellows spend a total of 3 months on the inpatient consult services. They maintain continuity at the Chronic Kidney Disease clinic and transplant clinic. Fellows gain more expertise in outpatient dialysis through a year-long home dialysis clinic (including peritoneal and home hemodialysis), and incenter hemodialysis rounding. Additional elective training opportunities are available throughout the second year, including rotations at the Stone Clinic; Hypertension Clinic; Home Dialysis Clinic; 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 or clinical sciences and a continuous quality improvement project.

    All second-year fellows attend the American Society of Nephrology 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. Second and third-year fellows have an opportunity to attend additional conferences, as desired, with approval of the program director.

  • Third Year
    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. The Division has an NIH T32 grant to support selected individuals.
  • Didactic Teaching
    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 general nephrology (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 (donor and recipient selection, transplant immunology, induction and maintenance immunosuppression, care of the transplant recipient and more); renal pathology conferences; research conferences; journal clubs; and board reviews.

Program Leadership

4818-Sutton, Timothy

Timothy A. Sutton, MD, PHD

Associate Professor of Medicine

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4506-Hallab, Ayman

Ayman Hallab, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

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Application Process

Applicants to the Nephrology Fellowship must have completed a three-year accredited internal medicine program in the United States or Canada. Applicants who completed their training in a non-ACGME or RCPSC accredited programs, may be considered on a case by case basis.

Applicants must be a legal citizen of the United States, permanent resident or hold a J1 or H1b Visa. Passing scores on USMLE exams 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. We accept applications throughout the ERAS season, however priority will be given to applications submitted before July 31. Selected candidates are contacted by division staff to attend interviews conducted between the months of August and October. We offer our positions exclusively through the NRMP Subspecialty match.

Begin Nephrology Fellowship Training

To be considered for the Nephrology Fellowship, applicants must complete an application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and submit four letters of recommendation, one of which must come from the applicant’s residency program director.