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Nephrology Fellowship at UMMS-Baystate

Baystate Medical Center, regional campus of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, offers an ACGME-accredited, 2-year Nephrology Fellowship Program with two positions per year.

Our graduates are highly skilled clinicians and human clinical investigators qualified for both private nephrology practice and clinical academic nephrology programs. Several are now on medical school faculties.

Comprehensive Nephrology Training by Exceptional Faculty

Our curriculum includes 18 months of clinical training in all facets of nephrology from our fellowship faculty—three-quarters of whom have won Teacher of the Year awards.

On the three major rotations, Inpatient Consultation, Chronic Dialysis/ESRD, and Transplant, you will:

  • place temporary vascular access lines in the internal jugular vein and/or femoral vein with, and without, ultrasound guidance
  • develop the skills to manage complications associated with access failure, acute infections, malnutrition, anemia, metabolic bone disease, and cardiovascular complications associated with ESRD
  • learn how to evaluate and manage acute rejection, using novel techniques such as plasmapheresis and chemotherapeutic protocols.

You will also devote six months to clinical research in your second year—choosing from our 30+ ongoing clinical trials or investigator-initiated research studies.

Unique On-Call Program Means More Time to Sleep

Our nephrology nocturnist program—the first of its kind anywhere—allows fellows on-call during the week to get a good night's sleep and be rested for a busy workday the next morning.

  • Sunday through Thursday, from 5 to 11 pm, you will work side-by-side with a nephrology attending to care for and teach on all new patient consults.
  • After 11 pm, all consult service calls will go only to the attending, not to the fellows.
  • Friday and Saturday are the only days you will be on-call all night.

Dialysis Case Volume at State-of-the-Art Facilities 

Baystate Medical Center serves close to one million patients a year, and every year we perform approximately 250 native kidney biopsies and more than 150 transplant renal biopsies under ultrasound guidance.

You will train at our state-of-the-art, eight-station inpatient acute hemodialysis unit which is located on the same floor as inpatient renal and transplant. This is both more efficient—and more convenient for you.


  • Learn how to apply.
  • Call our Program Coordinator at 413-794-4146.