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Nephrology Fellowship Training Program

Since its founding in the 1950s, the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program at Tufts Medical Center has prepared hundreds of physicians for careers in clinical nephrology, clinical research, and laboratory research.
Nephrology Fellow 7-25-23

About this program

We capitalize on our diverse patient population, broad clinical expertise, centralized clinical operations, world-class facilities, and impactful research activities to provide a customized training experience designed to launch your career. Taken together Tufts is an outstanding place to complete Nephrology training, and here are 10 reasons why:

  1. Educational Experience: Our world renowned faculty are dedicated to teaching and have a wide range of clinical and research expertise in areas such as chronic kidney disease, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, transplantation, polycystic kidney disease, cardio-renal syndrome, glomerular diseases, and much more. Our fellows receive individual attention from a devoted faculty and develop deep relationships that last a lifetime.
  2. Rich Outpatient Exposure: Nephrology care is primarily delivered in the outpatient setting, and we provide a particularly rich exposure in our ambulatory clinics. You will care for a diverse patient population with complex kidney diseases that include glomerular diseases, kidney stones, cancer-associated kidney diseases, rare disorders, and pregnancy-associated conditions.
  3. Robust Dialysis Program: One of the only programs in Boston that provides a  longitudinal outpatient hemodialysis experience and longitudinal outpatient home dialysis (HD and PD) experience. Fellows are exceptionally well trained in dialysis in general, and peritoneal dialysis in particular.
  4. Explore Nephrology Pathways: Tufts is able to customize each fellow’s training experience according to their unique interests and career goals. In their second year, fellows select a pathway for focused study and receive a curriculum specific to their interests with mentorship and individualized rotations. They complete the program with expertise that allows them to be leaders in their chosen area.
  5. Strong Mentorship: Based on your career path and interests, you work with a specific mentor to guide and support you throughout the program. This relationship lasts a lifetime; many of our alumni still work very closely with their mentors.
  6. Transplant Experience: All fellows have a dedicated transplant continuity rotations managing all aspects of transplantation, from initial evaluation of donors/recipients to post-transplant follow up.
  7. Teaching Experience: We prepare you to be educators by including you in the teaching of internal medical housestaff and Tufts medical students.  Fellows are encouraged to be small group leaders in the 1st year Renal Course at Tufts University School of Medicine.
  8. Emphasis on Wellness: Our division stands out for its collegial and positive environment. Throughout the year, we host many fun events for you and your families.
  9. Further Education: In the Clinical-Research Track, trainees have the opportunity to enroll in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University for a Master’s degree in Clinical and Translational Research.
  10. Location: Boston has a rich history with many cultural opportunities.  It is known for its cutting edge medical community and its ground breaking medical discoveries.
Contact info
Scott J. Gilbert, MD
Fellowship Director, William B. Schwartz Division of Nephrology
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street, #391
Boston, MA 02111

Former Fellow Spotlight

Congrats to Shani Shastri, MD, former Nephrology fellow, for receiving the DaVita Core Value Award for Accountability. The facility where she is medical director became the Dallas-area COVID unit and treated more than 500 COVID+ patients this last year.

Watch her receiving the award

Preparing trainees to become leaders

Our fellows are getting the research and clinical experience they need to have lifelong, successful careers in Nephrology. Read what our alumni have to say about their experiences at Tufts MC.

Nephrology alumni

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