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Nephrology Fellowship at UMMS-Baystate

Baystate Medical Center (BMC), the regional campus of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is proud to offer 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 graduated fellows are now on medical school faculties.

The 9 Critical Factors That Make Us Different

Both of our positions were filled from the 2020 Match—something that 60% of nephrology fellowships are not able to do.

We believe our success is due to these nine critical factors that differentiate us from other U.S. nephrology fellowship programs.

1. Comprehensive Nephrology Training by Exceptional Faculty

Our curriculum includes 18 months of clinical training in all facets of nephrology from our fellowship faculty. Our faculty's primary mission is to provide outstanding nephrology teaching to all of our fellows, residents and medical students. The majority of our faculty have won teaching awards at BMC, in part because they use novel ways to educate including the MATRIX format for Morbidity and Mortality conferences and OSCE format to teach peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis.

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 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 6 months to clinical research (one month in your first year and 5 months in your second year), choosing from our 30+ ongoing clinical trials or investigator-initiated research protocols.

2) Unique On-Call Program Allows You to Sleep and Be Rested

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

  • While on-call once a week 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 (each fellow on-call one weekend per month).

3) Wide Range of Renal Disorders: Rare Disorders are Common at UMMS-Baystate

  • Vasculitis/RPGN: 25 cases/year
  • Systemic lupus: 5-10 cases/year
  • All glomerular disorders including those genetically linked
  • Rare electrolyte and divalent ion disorders such as Gitelman's, Liddle's, Barrter's
  • TTP: 5-10 cases/year
  • Atypical HUS: 5 cases/year

Rare renal diseases are cared for personally by YOU at UMMS-Baystate, not just memorized from a textbook.

4) Experience Enough to Become Expert in All Renal Procedures

  • 250-300 ultrasound-guided biopsies per year performed by nephrology attendings, not IR, with fellows usually being the primary operator
  • 10 central lines performed per month by fellows for AKI or ESRD
  • Expert diagnostic urinalysis

5) Completely Comprehensive Daily Noon Conference Schedule

To jumpstart your fellowship education, we have 40 core conferences scheduled daily throughout July and August. Starting in September, our conference schedule repeats with the pattern below:

  • Mondays: Rotate between Renal Pathology and Palliative Care Conferences
  • Tuesdays: Transplant Conference
  • Wednesdays: Core Conferences for Fellows
  • Thursdays: Rotate between Journal Club, Physio Review, Matrix/M&M Conference
  • Fridays: Renal Grand Rounds

6) Myriad of Clinical Research Opportunities to Choose From

  • The Nephrology Division has more than 30 ongoing studies trying to find better therapies for Diabetic Nephropathy, CKD in general, FJGS, IgA, nephropathy and MPGN.
  • We are experts in renal palliative care and a core of investigators are studying fluid and electrolyte disorders, hypertension and AKI.

7) Wide Ultrasound Experience: Inpatient and Outpatient

  • Monthly ultrasound clinics for each fellow allows for certification from the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology, if desired
  • Ultrasound elective with the Emergency Medicine Ultrasound team provides point of care ultrasound education and experience

8) Longitudinal Monthly Clinics: You'll Become a Home Dialysis Expert

  • Monthly peritoneal dialysis clinic
  • Monthly home hemodialysis clinic
  • Twice a month chronic hemodialysis rounds

9) Help Getting the Nephrology Job You Want

Your training at UMMS-Baystate prepares you to become an excellent leader in any aspect of nephrology you wish to pursue—clinical, academic, administrative, or private practice.

Our faculty work hard to connect each fellow with the best nephrology job available that meets their individual interests and needs.

We help our graduates navigate all aspects of job search and placement, including advice on contracts. And, we are experts in working with H-1, J-1, and other visa-sponsored fellows.

Interested in joining our program?

Baystate Medical Center

We are an independent academic medical center offering 10 residencies and 20+ fellowships.

  • Accredited by the Joint Commission
  • Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence
  • Top Massachusetts employer according to Forbes
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