Clinical/Research Training

Combined Clinical/Research Training Pathway

This pathway is designed to produce leaders in basic and clinical research who will eventually pursue independent research careers. Applicants must have an MD degree and be board certified or board eligible in Internal Medicine. This training pathway will cover the minimum requirements for the applicants to take the Nephrology board exam by providing one year of clinical training. In addition, the trainees will participate in full time supervised research activities for at least 2 additional years.

The Research Track is funded by an NIH T32 training grant on “Kidney Disease and Inflammation,” focusing on training postdoctoral fellows in research. More than 25 faculty from various disciplines in the School of Medicine serve as mentors. Candidates can pursue training along several pathways to achieve the goal of becoming an independent investigator.

Clinical Curriculum: 1 year

  • 3-4 months of inpatient general nephrology consultation
  • 2-3 months of inpatient ICU consultation
  • 2-3 months of inpatient transplant nephrology consultation
  • 2-3 months of outpatient continuity clinic
  • 1 month of elective
  • 2 weeks of dialysis

Research Curriculum: 2-3 years

  • Basic and Translational Research
  • Clinical Investigation
  • Basic Translational Research or Clinical Investigation with pursuit of advanced degree. Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in the Investigative Medicine Program leading to a masters degree in patient-oriented research.

Questions concerning research training may be directed to:
Mark D. Okusa, M.D.