The Fellowship Program in Nephrology is carried out at two institutions. The parent program is located at the University of Chicago Medical Center in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the University of Chicago campus. Our affiliate program is situated at the NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, IL. The Section of Nephrology is affiliated with 5 large hemodialysis units, with a busy nocturnal hemodialysis program, along with a Home Dialysis Unit, in the Hyde Park vicinity.
The Section operates two internationally renowned Programs: The Hereditary Kidney Disease/Polycystic Kidney Disease program and the Kidney Stone Program. In addition, there is a multidisciplinary NIH funded vascular access program that draws on the expertise of interventional radiology, surgery and the nephrology faculty. The Department of Pathology has two renal pathologists who utilize in house state-of-the-art techniques and work closely with our fellows and faculty. There is also a dedicated glomerulonephritis clinic where fellows can pursue further specialized training.
Fellows attend a half-day continuity clinic each week, where they learn to evaluate patients with chronic kidney disease, complicated hypertension, proteinuria, hematuria, kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, hereditary kidney disease, metabolic bone disease and transplantation. This is a fellow-run clinic where the fellows are the primary care providers for their patients under faculty supervision. There are four dedicated faculty in this clinic with training in on-site ultrasound evaluation beginning in the latter half of the year. Ongoing weekly journal article discussions focusing on ambulatory nephrology begin in the fall of the calendar year. In addition, fellows see patients in the renal transplant and donor evaluation clinics while on the inpatient transplant service, and during their second year. Fellows also have the opportunity to work in our subspecialty clinics including the hereditary kidney disease clinic, kidney stone clinic, resistant hypertension clinic, and the glomerulonephritis clinic.