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Fellowship Training

The Pediatric Nephrology fellowship at IU School of Medicine is a three-year program that provides extensive training in all areas of clinical nephrology and gives fellows the opportunity to participate in clinical or basic science research. Training is divided into one year of clinical work and two years of research. This program is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Faculty educators in this pediatric specialty area are committed to including fellows as part of the team, understanding that fellows are an important part of improving the care for children with kidney disease. Some will discover scientific break-throughs; some may change legislation and policy; others will work on quality improvement and clinical research. Each and every one will contribute to the advancement of treating pediatric nephrology patients.

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension conducts robust basic science and clinical research, and the nephrology fellowship program develops academic pediatric nephrologists who go on to establish independent careers within the areas of their research interests. Fellows can obtain a Masters degree through the Clinical Investigator Training Enhancement Program during their two years of research training. The Division of Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension covers the cost of this program for interested fellows.

Apply for Fellowship

Physicians interested in applying for the Pediatrics Nephrology Fellowship program at IU School of Medicine should submit an application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).



Hear what the Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship program has to offer.

A fellow speaks with a patient in the clinic

Advanced Pediatric Training with Renowned Experts

Nephrology specialists at Riley Hospital for Children treat all forms of pediatric kidney disease and are national and international experts in hypertension, congenital kidney disease, kidney stones, chronic kidney disease, end-stage kidney disease and glomerulopathies. Fellows have the opportunity to be mentored by any faculty on campus, including Pediatric Nephrology clinical faculty, who collaborate with the Internal Medicine Nephrology program at IU School of Medicine and their Indiana O’Brien Center for Advanced Microscopic Analysis.

Program Leadership

The Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship is led by Program Director Andrew Schwaderer, MD, Associate Program Director Myda Khalid, MD, and Fellowship Coordinator Lyn Terrell.

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Andrew L. Schwaderer, MD

Professor of Pediatrics

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Myda Khalid, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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Pediatric Nephrology fellowship coordinator

Lyn Terrell

Fellowship Coordinator

Training Goals

The Pediatric Nephrology fellowship develops academic pediatric nephrologists with well-defined areas of academic/research/clinical interests by the time of graduation. During the clinical year, fellows learn how to prescribe all forms of acute renal replacement therapy, including CVVH, Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis. They also become proficient at managing chronic outpatient hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

Fellows must submit one first-authored manuscript during the fellowship as required by the American Board of Pediatrics. In addition fellows broaden other scholarship skills that include (but are not limited to) participating and presenting at national conferences, grant writing and contributing to multicenter studies. An assigned research mentor guides each fellow through these processes.

Current Fellows

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Elizabeth M. Spiwak, MD


Undergraduate School:  University of Florida
Medical School: Florida International University
Residency: University of Louisville
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, exercising, bike riding, crafting.
Research/QI Interests:  
Scholarly interests include renal transplantation and the innate immune system, as well as UTIs and rejection in the post-transplant patient.

Why Pediatric Nephrology? 
I enjoy the variety of patient acuity available in pediatric nephrology, along with the chance to develop rapport with outpatient visits and outpatient dialysis patients. I also enjoy the opportunity to attend kidney camp and being able to see kids having fun while coping with chronic illness.  I hope to have a career involving clinical work, research, and medical resident education.

Why IU/Riley? 
I wanted the opportunity to see a large volume of patients with a large variety of conditions. I felt that the atmosphere at Riley is conducive to trainee learning while also allowing for independence in medical decision making.

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Clinical Experience

Clinical training for the pediatric nephrology fellowship program is comprised of one year of combined inpatient, outpatient and elective experience.
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Research Training

The pediatric nephrology fellowship program enables trainees to participate in clinical, translational or bench research, establishing the foundation for a strong academic career.
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