The Nephrology and Hospice & Palliative Medicine (HPM) fellowship programs of the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and the University of North Carolina are excited to announce a new combined 2-year training program through the ACGME’s Advancing Innovation in Residency Education (AIRE) program. The combined fellowship will lead to ABIM board eligibility in both nephrology and HPM. This innovative program will condense the time commitment required for the two programs from 3-years to 2-years and integrate the fellowships to train skillful nephrologists who can address the enormous need for palliative care in the practice of nephrology, and hospice and palliative medicine specialists who possess expertise in kidney supportive care.
Fellows accepted to the program will spend most of their first year on nephrology services and the majority of their second year on HPM rotations, with some variability between sites. Fellows will participate in teaching conferences for both Nephrology and HPM programs over the two-year training period. The potential for innovation in creating collaborative clinical, educational and scholarly opportunities is one of the exciting aspects of this AIRE initiative.
Ideal candidates to the program will be highly qualified PGY-3 IM residents in ACGME-accredited residency programs (PGY-4 if doing a Chief Resident year), or be board certified by the ABIM within three years of graduation. Candidates interested in academic careers at the intersection of nephrology and HPM clinical care, education and research are best suited to this rigorous combined training experience.
Each participating institution is recruiting 1 fellow into this program during the current application cycle to start training in July 2021. Candidates should submit materials through the ERAS, and a special track in the NRMP match within the nephrology programs at each site will be used for application to the program.
This is an exciting and innovative opportunity and interested candidates are welcome to contact any one of the programs directors for additional information at the provided links.
Amanda Leonberg-Yoo (Nephrology, Penn)
Ursula Brewster (Nephrology, Yale)