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Nephrology Fellowship


The curriculum of the fellowship training program at the Saint Louis University Division of Nephrology and Hypertension is flexible and allows for two major paths or tracks.

Clinical Nephrology Track

The clinical nephrology track comprises a two-year fellowship consisting of 20 months of clinical rotations and four months of laboratory investigation. The clinical activities are principally divided among the inpatient and outpatient services of SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and the VA Saint Louis Health Care System - John Cochran Division.

Research Track

Fellows interested in a career in academic nephrology may be assigned to the research track. The clinical activities of this path are similar to the clinical track, however, a third year of training devoted exclusively to laboratory or clinical investigation is required. Opportunities for clinical and basic research projects are abundant, including the application of protein and lipid biochemistry, renal micropuncture, immunocytochemistry, the study of transmembrane and intracellular signaling and molecular biology. Collaborative projects involving the departments of biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology and physiology are encouraged.

Conference Pedagogy

The division covers topics that fall into eight major content areas or themes. The topics highlight recent advances in basic science which influence medical practice or provide state-of-the-art reviews of important or emerging clinical topics:

  • Acute and chronic kidney disease
  • Fluid, electrolyte and acid-base disorders
  • Renal replacement therapies
  • Basic science that influences practice
  • Hypertension
  • Renal transplantation
  • Physiological basis of nephrology
  • Interdisciplinary nephrology (ethics, communication skills, cultural competency)


We currently offer two interactive textbooks free on the iBooks store that are used in our training program. They are designed for iOS devices. We invite you to download these free books for your personal use.

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How to Apply

All applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and should include:

  • Two to three letters of recommendation.
  • All standardized test scores.
  • Visa status (we currently sponsor J1 and H-1B visas).

Please contact us for additional information.

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