Pediatric Nephrology Training Program Overview
Pediatric nephrology provides a uniquely challenging and rewarding experience for the physician/scientist. Although a highly specialized field, it offers an exciting variety of acute and chronic cases, and pediatric nephrologists have direct impact on interesting and complex cases throughout the hospital.
During any given day, a pediatric nephrologist may play a variety of roles: treating an acutely ill child in the ICU; seeing relatively healthy children with minor disorders in clinic; conducting research; treating a child with end-stage renal disease and functioning as the family's trusted primary-care physician.
The pediatric nephrology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital is an exceptionally well-rounded program that ensures the physician/scientist will be well prepared for a successful career in academic medicine or clinical care. The service's dynamic energy and enthusiasm mean new ideas are welcome - and it's a short distance from idea to implementation. Opportunities for self-direction and growth are many.
Variety of Patients
The diverse patient population offers unparalleled hands-on experience and gives trainees confidence to tackle the toughest clinical problems in the future. Each trainee has two half-day clinic sessions each week. During their training, fellows follow at least 10 transplant cases from pre- to post-transplant care and participate in the outpatient care of nearly 100 established transplant patients.
Many opportunities exist to collaborate with BCM Department of Pediatrics faculty members in basic and translational research, and collaboration can extend beyond pediatrics to include the resources of BCM and the more than 40 medicine-related institutions of The Texas Medical Center.
During the training period, each fellow, under the guidance of a mentor, is an active participant in a research project with the aim of serving as a first author for a peer-reviewed publication. Fellows have a minimum of 18 months protected research time, predominately in the program's second and third years.
Other training opportunities include weekly renal fellows' conferences, which provide a major source of formal didactic teaching. These feature four-week cycles of faculty lectures in basic science, renal physiology or disease pathophysiology, uro-radiology and a resident case presentation. Twice monthly renal-biopsy/pathology conferences are also held.
Renal fellows receive full funding to attend the American Society of Nephrology, Annual Dialysis Meeting and the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology/Society of Pediatric Research meeting at least once during the three-year fellowship.