The Division of Nephrology and Hypertension of the Department of Medicine at Albany Medical College offers two nephrology fellowship positions every year. One position is a two-year clinical nephrology fellowship and one is a two-year clinical nephrology fellowship combined with one year of critical care fellowship training. These positions are offered to candidates who have completed a residency in internal medicine.
We welcomed our first fellows in July 2015. The divisional faculty includes 11 nephrologists trained in internal medicine and nephrology. Additionally, two of our faculty members are trained as interventional nephrologists, including me and Dr. Loay Salman, with several faculty members certified, practicing hypertension specialists. We work closely with our pediatric nephrology colleagues, transplant surgical team, interventional radiology and pathology, and our fellows rotate with each of these specialties during their clinical training. We also have close collaboration with the pharmacy residency program, specializing in nephrology.
Over a two-year period, each fellow rotates through approximately 20 months of required clinical experience and four months of electives, research and scholarly activity. Clinical rotations include the acute consultation, transplant surgery, and chronic inpatient services at Albany Medical Center and the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center comprehensive experience. Electives include Interventional Radiology, Interventional Nephrology, Pediatric Nephrology, Pathology, Outpatient Dialysis and Outpatient Clinic. We provide a fellow-specific didactic curriculum, and an intensive schedule of division-wide conferences. A detailed, divisional didactics document is available on the website. Fellows receive ample training in preparation of case presentations, journal clubs, biopsy discussions, and grand rounds. They are encouraged to present abstracts at national meetings, publish case reports and reviews, participate in ongoing divisional research, and receive mentorship in their own research interests. We encourage our first-year fellows to present at, and attend the National Kidney Foundation meeting, while our second-year fellows participate in the annual American Society of Nephrology meeting. Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship, the fellow on the combined nephrology-critical care track will complete an additional 12-month training within the pulmonary and critical care division.
Uniquely situated at a three-hour distance from two major metropolitan centers, Boston and New York City, Albany Medical Center caters to a large referral area from the north and west. This provides our fellows the opportunity to care for patients with high acuity illness within four intensive care units and participate in the diagnosis and management of rare disease entities transferred to Albany Medical Center for further expertise. At the end of the two-year fellowship, we feel our fellows are trained as excellent clinical nephrologists, well-equipped to treat patients with not only routine renal pathology, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, end stage renal disease, electrolyte disturbances, renal transplant, and glomerular pathology, but who are also confident in the recognition and management of less common renal ailments.
The nephrology training program utilizes the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for applications and participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). For additional details, please contact Michelle Snavely via email at [email protected].
We look forward to introducing you to our fellowship.
Mauricio Monrroy, MD
Division of Nephrology