Nephrology Fellowship

The Division of Nephrology at Children’s National offers a comprehensive three-year ACGME accredited fellowship program.

As a nationally-recognized program for more than 30 years, we provide fellows with a unique experience that combines excellence in clinical training and world-class research opportunities. Our mission is to produce well-trained pediatric nephrologists who excel in every aspect of care for children and adolescents with kidney disorders.

Our fellowship provides comprehensive training  in all aspects of clinical nephrology and the provision of acute and chronic renal replacement therapy. This includes acute and chronic peritoneal dialysis (PD), acute and chronic hemodialysis (HD), continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), intensive care nephrology and renal transplantation.

As a fellow, you also will participate in scholarly research activities available within the Division of Nephrology, the Children’s Research Institute, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the George Washington University Schools of Medicine & Health Sciences and Public Health.

Didactic lectures on end-stage renal disease and transplantation, small group discussions and opportunities to teach faculty/medical students are a core part of the program’s curriculum.



Education

Education

Our program encompasses three years of training, divided among four primary clinical experiences over a total of 17 months. 

The first year is primarily focused on clinical training, while the latter two years increase the time focus on research and scholarly activities.

First rotation includes 10 months of direct inpatient and consultative patient care

  • This encompasses the care of patients on the pediatric nephrology inpatient service, the provision of acute renal replacement therapies, care for new kidney transplant recipients and general nephrology consultations for hospitalized children and adolescents.
Second rotation, focused on end-stage renal disease, encompasses a total of five months
  • Fellows work closely and collaboratively in the outpatient hemodialysis unit and peritoneal dialysis programs to provide outpatient renal replacement therapy.
  • Fellows actively participate in all aspects of the kidney transplant program, including outpatient kidney transplant clinic, patient review conferences and the pre-transplantation clinic.

Third rotation focuses on general outpatient nephrology experience

  • Extensive time in the outpatient nephrology and transplant clinics at Children’s National.
Fourth rotation
  • Two weeks devoted to a multispecialty rotation, in which fellows spend time in outpatient urology and rheumatology clinics, radiological services including renal ultrasonography and nuclear imaging.
  • Two-week intensive renal pathology experience at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Evaluations

Each fellow is evaluated on a monthly basis by faculty leading clinical rotations as well as semi-annually by their identified research mentor. Competence is assessed in procedural and technical skills, practice-based learning, written and verbal communications, professionalism and knowledge of relevant health care systems. Every six months, each fellow will meet with the Program Director to discuss in-training exam scores, academic progress and individualized learning plans.
The fellow will also be expected to complete an evaluation of each teaching faculty member in the division semi-annually.











How to Apply

How to Apply

Important Dates for Fellowship Applicants:

  • Early July: Applicants start applying to program
  • July – early August: Applicant invitations for interviews 
  • Late August – late November: Fellowship applicants interviewed
  • Early December: Fall match results are available through ERAS

Applications will be considered through early November. When your completed application has been received and reviewed, you will be notified if you will be offered an interview opportunity. Interviews will be conducted on most Thursdays from late August through early November. We encourage applicants to apply earlier in the application process to ensure flexibility with interview scheduling.

To apply to the Children’s National Health System Nephrology Fellowship Program, please register with ERAS. An application will be considered complete once the online ERAS form is complete and you have uploaded: At least two letters of reference, USMLE scores, your curriculum vitae and a personal statement.


International Graduates

We accept applications from high-quality international medical graduates through ERAS.

We appreciate your interest in our fellowship program and look forward to reviewing your completed application.


Research

Research

Comprehensive Research Training

The fellowship offers dynamic opportunities for clinical, translational and basic research under the guidance of NIH-funded researchers. Each fellow will be paired with a research mentor and a scholarship oversight committee, responsible for providing direction and oversight of the fellows’ research projects.

In addition to learning how to prepare abstracts and manuscripts for publication, submission of at least one first-authored basic science or clinical research manuscript is required from each fellow. (Multiple abstracts to scientific meetings are encouraged). Each fellow is required to complete the Fellows Core curriculum offered through
Children’s National. 

Fellows are also provided an opportunity to further their research education through either master’s level degree granting programs or individual coursework. The master's level degree granting programs include either a Masters of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Clinical and Translational Research granted through the George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine & Health Sciences or a Master’s of Public Health granted through the GWU School of Public Health.



Fellows will learn how to prepare abstracts and manuscripts for publication for regional and national meetings. 
Fellows will learn how to prepare abstracts and manuscripts for publication for regional and national meetings. 
Fellows will learn how to prepare abstracts and manuscripts for publication for regional and national meetings. 
Fellows will learn how to prepare abstracts and manuscripts for publication for regional and national meetings. 
Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Moudgil ADr. Asha Moudgil: Moudgil, MD, is the interim director of the Kidney Transplantation Program at Children's National. Prior to joining Children's National in 2000, Dr. Moudgil served as a faculty member at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., where she completed her pediatric nephrology training. Her clinical interests focus on pediatric renal transplantation. Her research interests are focused on long-term complications associated with renal transplantation, viral infections associated with immunosuppression, and the role of donor specific antibodies in allograft survival in pediatric renal transplant recipients.


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Dr. Kirtida Mistry: Mistry, MD, is the director of the Dialysis Program at Children's National. Dr. Mistry completed her pediatric nephrology training at the Boston Children’s Hospital and served as a faculty member within the division of pediatric nephrology at the University of California San Diego before joining Children's National in 2009. Her clinical interests focus on ESRD care in children, quality and safety in patient care and pediatric hypertension. Her research interests are focused on cardiovascular health in children with ESRD and improving clinical outcomes in patients on peritoneal dialysis.



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Dr. Shamir Tuchman: Tuchman, MD, is the director of the pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Training Program and the medical director of the Urinary Stone Program at Children's National. Dr. Tuchman completed his pediatric nephrology training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and served as a faculty member within that division before joining Children's National in 2009. His clinical interests focus on kidney stone disease and renal and metabolic disorders leading to abnormal renal calcifications in children. His research interests are focused on translational models of Nephrocalcinosis and vitamin D metabolism after renal transplantation. 



Sunyoung AhnDr. Sun-Young Ahn: Ahn, MD, serves as the medical director of nephrology inpatient services at Children's National. Before joining Children's National in 2013, Dr. Ahn completed her pediatric nephrology training at the University of California San Diego and served as a faculty member within the division of pediatric nephrology at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests are focused on the characterization of organic anion transporters in the kidney and investigating the role of scaffolding proteins in kidney development. Her clinical interests include congenital kidney anomalies, hypertension, lupus nephritis and complement-mediated kidney diseases. 


Larry PattersonDr. Larry Patterson: Patterson, MD, serves as a faculty member at Children's National. Dr. Patterson completed his pediatric nephrology training at Children’s National in 1991. He has served as director of Pediatric Nephrology at Akron Children’s Hospital and faculty member in pediatric nephrology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Patterson’s research has focused on renal development, the fate of renal progenitor cells and the pathways leading to the end of new nephron formation.


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the benefits?

  • Health, Dental, Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Annual & Sick Leave
  • Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Backup Child and Elder Care

A detailed summary of all benefits can be found in our Benefits Guide.

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