Wake Forest University Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship is an ACGME accredited, three-year training program designed to prepare trainees for an academic career in Pediatric Nephrology.
Our program is designed to give flexibility to the fellows in tailoring their training to their specific interests and career goals. There is a busy clinical service, while training is also conducive to maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Fellows will provide outpatient nephrology care in a busy outpatient clinic gaining a comprehensive experience in management of all nephrology conditions including:
- nephrotic syndrome
- kidney stones
- congenital renal abnormalities
- genetic renal diseases
- chronic dialysis
- prenatal consultations
There is also unique opportunity for bedside renal ultrasound experience and training. Because Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center provides tertiary pediatric care to all of Western North Carolina, the Piedmont Triad area, southwest Virginia and parts of West Virginia, the patient population is diverse.
The first year focuses primarily on clinical training, with 21 weeks of inpatient service alternating with outpatient clinical care. The second and third years will include protected time for research activity and coursework in research methodology. Opportunities for scholarly activity are abundant, and the section is active in clinical and translational research. Current research includes:
- investigation in hypertension
- Henoch-Schönlein purpura nephritis
- acute kidney injury
- biomarker development
- regenerative medicine
There are additional scholarship opportunities in the arena of patient safety and quality improvement.
The inpatient rotation will afford ample opportunities to garner experience in management of varied conditions across the clinical-pathological spectrum of pediatric nephrology while gaining experience in management of patients receiving all modalities of renal replacement including ECMO and plasmapheresis. The inpatient experience will also include ample opportunity to perform transplant and native kidney biopsies. Our transplant center is the largest in the state and performs 8-10 pediatric transplants yearly, including young recipients (less than 2 years of age).
Didactics include nephrology-urology conference, renal pathology conference, renal physiology and board review series jointly with adult nephrology fellows, and nephrology journal club. Fellows will also teach third- and fourth-year medical students, pharmacy residents, PA students and pediatric residents.