The goal of the Nephrology Fellowship Programs on the North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) and LIJ Medical Center (LIJ) campuses is to prepare the fellows for careers in clinical and academic nephrology under the direct supervision of a faculty of full-time attending nephrologists. Fellows have extensive exposure to a broad range of clinical entities and participate in both basic science and clinical research during their training. Outpatient dialysis experience takes place at the Julia and Israel Waldbaum Dialysis Center and at the Queens Village Satellite Dialysis Center. Dialysis services include in-center dialysis, home hemodialysis, and peritoneal dialysis programs. In-patient rotation consists of inpatient dialysis and consultative services at both NSUH and LIJ. Our fellows participate in a renal transplant rotation for one month during their first year of fellowship training at Montefiore Medical Center and the remainder of the transplant training is done at North Shore University Transplant Center, which is now in its third year of existence.
The Nephrology Fellowship Programs at NSUH and LIJ have been heavily integrated for the past decade, with all educational activities fully combined throughout this time.
The Nephrology Fellowship Programs accept four new qualified candidates each for the first year of our two-year training. The third
year is optional and is devoted to research. During their first
year, these individuals gain clinical nephrology skills. They are encouraged to
establish a relationship with one of our faculty members who will assist them in
developing a plan of research training for their second and third years.
Clinical training is completed during the second year. Fellows who wish
to pursue an academic career are encouraged to spend a third year doing basic
science research. Fellows are encouraged to take basic research classes
at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.
Fellows receive their clinical training at both clinical campuses (LIJ and NSUH). Fellows gain experience in all aspects of extracorporeal circulation for acute renal failure, including acute hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, continuous venovenous hemofiltration dialysis, slow continuous ultrafiltration, and plasmapheresis.
Research opportunities are available to fellows in the basic science research labs of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Basic science research interests include molecular biology, signal transduction, cell biochemistry, glomerular dynamics, and transplant immunology. Clinical research projects in drug therapy in patients with renal disease and dialysis outcomes are available for fellows.
Hitesh H. Shah, MD
Fellowship Program Director, Nephrology