The BWH/MGH Joint Nephrology Fellowship Program combines ACGME-accredited clinical training in nephrology with advanced academic training and scholarly activity. The program comprises two separate tracks. All fellows begin with a year of ACGME-accredited clinical training during which they fulfill the majority of clinical training requirements. This is followed by one or more additional years of academic training depending on the track.
- The Nephrology Research Track is a three-year program that prepares fellows for careers as physician-scientists. Following the first clinic year, the research track comprises two more years of basic or clinic research, during the first year of which fellows also complete ACGME clinical training requirements for ABIM board eligibility. On occasion, incoming fellows start their fellowship with their research training, joining a lab as first year fellows and completing their ACGME-accredited clinical training in the final two years.
- The Nephrology Clinical Track is a two-year program that prepares fellows for careers as academic nephrologists. Following the first year, fellows complete an additional clinical year during which they complete ACGME training requirements for ABIM board eligibility and pursue additional outpatient training in nephrology subspecialties, such as onconephrology, palliative care or interventional nephrology. Fellows are expected to complete a scholarly project during their second year.
The clinical training takes place at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital as well as at additional sites, including the Veterans Administration (VA) Boston Healthcare System, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, and affiliated dialysis centers. Academic training takes full advantage of both institutions, BWH and MGH, as well as the resources of the greater Harvard and MIT communities, including the Harvard Catalyst, the Broad Institute, and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.