Overview of the Fellowship Program

The Nephrology Fellowship program in the North Shore - LIJ Department of Medicine  utilizes the inpatient, outpatient, and research resources of both main  hospitals (LIJ and North Shore University Hospital [NSUH], both part of the  North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System [NSLIJHS]) and their satellite dialysis  facilities.

Fellows alternate between inpatient and outpatient services, each under the direct supervision of the full time faculty. In addition, fellows spend two dedicated months on the renal transplant service during the course of their training. While the 1st year fellows spend one month on the transplant rotation at the Montefiore Medical Center (MMC), the 2nd year fellows spend their second dedicated transplant month at NSUH. Fellows also spend several months over the  two years of training in research and for those fellows interested in pursuing  academic careers, a third year of fellowship may be taken to further develop their research skills. Fellows participate in a variety of laboratory and  clinical research projects with the faculty. Grant support from organizations such as the National Kidney Foundation has been obtained in the past to help fellows further their research career development.

Clinical and research training are complemented by an extensive series of conferences including grand rounds, journal club, and weekly case and core conferences, among others.

Continuity is an important component of training as well. Throughout all rotations, fellows attend their weekly renal continuity clinic. In addition to attending transplant clinic at MMC during their first transplant rotation month, fellows continue to see a group of transplant patients during the weekly ambulatory continuity clinic throughout their training. They also attend the early post-transplant clinic at the NSUH Kidney Transplant Center on a monthly basis throughout the course of  their training.

Fellows are evaluated using a competency and milestone-based process.  They receive feedback verbally and in writing. Fellows also provide evaluations of the faculty and program and play an important role in the content of the curriculum.

Overall Educational Goals of the Fellowship Program

The principal goal of the fellowship program is to prepare fellows for careers in clinical practice as well as academic medicine. It is designed to have fellows achieve a high level of competence across all six core competencies and provide fellows with

  • a strong clinical foundation that will allow them to practice independently and provide high quality care to patients while continuing to pursue self-directed learning,
  • the skills to be able to teach their peers, fellows, residents and students in the venues that they will work and
  • a background in research that will allow those who wish to pursue this pathway the opportunity for a productive investigative career in either clinical or laboratory research.

The program is designed to prepare fellows for careers as practicing nephrologists as well as for careers in academic medicine.

Leadership and Contact Details

Hitesh H. Shah, MD
Director, Nephrology Fellowship Program
Associate Professor of Medicine
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
100 Community Drive, 2nd Floor
Great Neck, NY 11021