Nephrology Fellowship

The Nephrology Fellowship Program is a fully accredited two-year program that is designed to prepare internists for the diverse clinical and academic career opportunities in the field of nephrology. Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is a 400-bed tertiary care facility located in Lebanon, New Hampshire, serving patients from all over New England, allowing for the fellows to see a diverse panel of diagnosis. We offer 2 positions per year for the 2-year program.

The program provides a particularly strong hands-on clinical experience in all aspects of nephrology and transplantation. The fellow experience is divided equally between the inpatient and outpatient setting and includes training in home dialysis and telemedicine. The schedule also includes elective rotations, allowing the Fellow the opportunity to tailor their experiences within the program.

Our fellows participate in the teaching of medical students at Geisel School of Medicine at the Instructor level. They teach the Fluid Electrolyte and Kidney Course.

Our Nephrology Program is unique in that fellows have the opportunity to apply to the ACGME-approved 3-year Nephrology/Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency track. With this 3-year program, fellows become board-eligible in Nephrology and Preventive Medicine and obtain an MPH degree from the prestigious Dartmouth Institute free of tuition while earning a fellow salary.

Fellows have the opportunity to explore an additional one-year fellowship in Critical Care Medicine to become eligible for double board certification in Nephrology and Critical Care.

Our program takes pride in our diversity and a collegial and friendly work atmosphere. Former fellows lead successful careers in academic and private practice all over the country.

Welcome to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

We have everything that you would expect a major academic center to have, from inpatient wards, outpatient clinics, to a cardiac cath lab. Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is a beautiful institution and provides a welcoming collegial atmosphere.

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The mission of the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program is to advance kidney health through research, education, clinical practice, and community partnerships, providing each person the best care, in the right place, at the right time, every time.

Program aims

The overall goal of the nephrology fellowship program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is to provide outstanding practical and academic training in every aspect of clinical nephrology and to prepare fellows for productive careers afterwards. The fellowship is designed to foster mastery of nephrology knowledge and skills and to provide a framework for a career dedicated to lifelong learning and the advancement of care for our patients. Our overall goal is achieved through mastery of the following competency-based general objectives:

  1. Patient care: To render care that is patient-centered, compassionate, appropriate, effective and evidence-based to patients with nephrologic disorders in both the ambulatory and inpatient setting based on the skillful acquisition and careful analysis of the patient’s history, physical findings and laboratory results.
  2. Medical knowledge: To gain a thorough understanding of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and cognate sciences related to nephrologic disorders and be able to apply this knowledge appropriately to the care and education of patients, the education of learners and colleagues, and the design of scholarly projects.
  3. Practice-based learning and improvement: To develop skills that promote self-improvement and a pattern of life-long learning by seeking out and incorporating them into daily practice
    1. Evidence from scientific studies,
    2. Feedback from colleagues and mentors, and
    3. Insights gained from self-assessment of practice outcomes so as to continually enhance one’s skills in the delivery of outstanding care to patients with endocrine disorders.
  4. Interpersonal and communication skills: To appreciate the critical importance of the effective exchange of information with patients and their families, staff and colleagues in ways that promote a sense of teamwork and that enhances outcomes for both individual patients and society as a whole.
  5. Professionalism: To carry out one's responsibilities as a physician through responsible self-motivation and in a manner that adheres to ethical principles, is sensitive to the needs of patients, their families, staff and colleagues, and avoids conflicts of interest.
  6. Systems-Based Practice: To understand the complexity and workings of the broader health care system within our institutions and society at large so as to provide optimal care through the mobilization and coordination of disparate resources and the effective counsel of patients with regard to health care options.

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice provides additional opportunities for study in public health, outcomes research, and clinical research.

Basic science research opportunities may be available to suitable candidates at Dartmouth College, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and affiliated institutions.