NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s Nephrology Fellowship offers an exceptional training experience characterized by a unique combination of close faculty mentoring, a strong commitment to education, and an innovative learning program. Our fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Overseen by program director James Drakakis, DO, and associate program director Minesh Khatri, MD, the Nephrology Fellowship is offered by the Division of Nephrology, part of the Department of Medicine. The fellowship is a two-year position, and fellows may opt to extend their training for a third year to focus on basic or clinical research.
Nephrology Fellowship program aims include the following:
- provide a firm foundation in the pathophysiology of kidney disorders as well as abundant exposure to patients under the supervision of experienced, thoughtful clinical instructors
- teach a cost-conscious approach in the use of technology
- provide an intellectual environment for acquiring the knowledge, skills, clinical judgment, attitudes, and values of professionalism that are essential to the practice of nephrology and the treatment of hypertension
- teach the scientific basis for deriving conclusions
- train nephrologists as consultants with the skills they need to communicate effectively with referring physicians
- train fellows to serve as principal caregivers to patients with primary kidney disorders
- cultivate an attitude of inquiry and dedication to continuing education that will remain with fellows throughout their professional careers
All of our training is provided in a supportive environment with an energetic group of faculty who love to teach and facilitate the practice of lifelong learning. We are also committed to our fellows’ personal and professional development and wellness.
Fellows work with a large and diverse patient population with an extraordinary spectrum of clinical disorders related to nephrology and hypertension in inpatient and outpatient settings at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island. Our program has a large outpatient dialysis component and offers in-center hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and home hemodialysis. We also have an excellent kidney transplant rotation at NYU Langone Transplant Institute, providing fellows with outstanding training at one of the top centers in the country.
Our outpatient dialysis program is nationally recognized and incorporates published studies in iron metabolism and quality improvement. Our faculty also have internationally recognized expertise in hyponatremic, hypouricemic, and renal salt wasting syndromes, prostaglandin D2 synthase metabolism, and apoptosis.
In addition, the Division of Nephrology has a unique program with NYU Langone Health in which pre-transplant evaluations are done at the divisional offices at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, providing patients on Long Island with a unique opportunity to get evaluated for transplant and providing our fellows with hands-on experience in transplant evaluation.
First- and second-year fellows rotate in the following areas:
- inpatient consult
- inpatient end-stage kidney disease services
- chronic outpatient dialysis
- transplant service
Participation in clinical and academic activities is expanded during the second year, and fellows have the option to enroll in electives in areas such as pediatric nephrology, interventional radiology, ultrasound, and urology.
We follow a rigorous weekly conference schedule in multiple formats to cover the breadth of nephrology. Conferences include the following:
- Case Conference
- Core Topics Conference
- interdivisional conferences
- journal club
- Nephrology Board Review
- Pathology Conference
- Peritoneal Dialysis Conference
- Renal Grand Rounds
- Renal Physiology Conference
- Research Conference
Ongoing research in the division provides fellows with opportunities to participate in clinical, educational, medical informatics, and laboratory research covering a wide spectrum of investigative areas. Our faculty provide excellent basic science and clinical research mentorship throughout two years of training, and fellows have the option of extending their fellowship for a third year of research if they are suitable candidates.
During the third-year research program, fellows work with investigators in the areas of kidney physiology, kidney cell biology, hypertension, or clinical research. Fellows have access to a fully equipped kidney research laboratory with PhD staff.
How to Apply
We accept two fellows each year. Applicants should submit their applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®).
Applicants can submit their fellowship applications starting in July. Interviews are offered in early- to mid-August and take place in the months of September and October.
Applicants must also register with the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®). Registration opens in August and match results are announced in December.
For general inquiries about our program and how to apply, please email Dr. Drakakis, program director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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