University of Illinois Renal Fellowship is a two
year program. An optional third year focusing
on research is available. Trainees predominantly
spend the first year of training in the outpatient
and inpatient nephrology care services where they
assume primary responsibilities as consultants.
The inpatient (dialysis consults and transplantation)
and outpatient (longitudinal renal and dialysis
clinics) experiences will include appropriately
directed medical interviews, focused examinations,
formulation of differential diagnoses, development
of diagnostic strategies and planning, acquisition
of special procedural skills and logical decision
Clinical rotations take place at University
of Illinois Hospital, VA Chicago/West Side Division,
and the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
All three hospitals are in close geographic proximity.
(UIC West Campus Map) The
University of Illinois Hospital is a busy tertiary care
referral center and is the site of the Consultation,
End Stage Renal Disease, and Transplantation Services.
At the University Hospital, fellows are exposed to the
full range of renal diseases and gain proficiency in
procedures (dialysis catheter placement and kidney biopsy),
hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and the slow continuous
dialysis therapies (including venovenous hemodialysis,
hemodiafiltration, and slow continuous ultrafiltration).
On the VA Consultation Service, trainees are exposed
to patients with renal problems due to diabetes, hypertension,
obstruction, vascular disease and kidney related problems
due to drug abuse, HIV/AIDS. The Stroger County Hospital
has a large population of patients with lupus nephritis
and a high volume renal biopsy service.
Renal/Hypertension Continuity Clinic:
For the duration of their fellowship training, trainees
follow a panel of patients with the full range of renal
disease. This clinic is conducted at the University
of Illinois Out Patient Care Center. During the VA rotation,
fellows also attend the VA Renal Clinic.
Longitudinal Hemodialysis Clinic:
Fellows follow a panel of dialysis patients for the
duration of the training. Trainees conduct chronic hemodialysis
rounds and participate in a monthly interdisciplinary
patient care conference in which they present care plans
and review laboratory data.
Longitudinal Peritoneal Dialysis Clinic:
For one year of training, fellows are assigned a panel
of peritoneal dialysis patients. This involves participating
in a monthly PD and participating in a monthly interdisciplinary
Fellows are given the opportunity to
do both clinical and basic science research. Active
clinical research protocols include the NIH sponsored
Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study and
the African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension
(AASK) Cohort Study. In addition, several protocols
involving anemia and osteodystrophy management are being
conducted in ESRD patients. Opportunities exist for
fellows to be involved in ongoing research as well as
with smaller and short term projects. The UIC School of Public Health also offers a K30 Clinical Research Training Program (http://cores33webs.mede.uic.edu/crtp/home.htm) leading to a MS in Public Health Sciences with a concentration in Clinical Research. Basic science research
opportunities are available in different investigators'
laboratories addressing a variety of interests related
to cell biology, acute renal failure, and acid-base
physiology and pathophysiology.
Regularly scheduled conferences are
held weekly and monthly. Please click conferences
for more details.
The UIC Nephrology Fellowship Program uses the ERAS system for applications. To submit applications please go to the ERAS website at www.aamc.org/eras The Dead-line for applications is posted on the ERAS website. Please note, that we will not be accepting paper applications or letters of recommendations. Complete applications must include medical school transcripts, three letters of recommendation (including one from your Program Director), copies of scores (NBME/ECFMG, FMGEMS, FLEX), curriculum vitae, and a personal statement.
The University of Illinois policy is to be in full compliance with all federal and state nondiscrimation and equal opportunity laws, order, and regulations, and it will not discriminate against any persons because of race, color, sex, religion, handicap, or national origin in any of its educational programs and activities.
For further information contact: ELeanos@uic.edu