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Goals of the Renal Training Program


 

The primary goal of this program is to train physicians to be outstanding in clinical nephrology as well as medical education and/or the ability to conduct clinical, translational, or basic research.  To this end we aim to attract the strongest possible candidates to the renal program and ask them to commit a minimum of two years to scientific investigation.

To accomplish our goal, we have a large faculty with national and international reputations in all aspects of clinical nephrology and hypertension, medical education, and clinical, basic, and translational research.  Our faculty have served in leadership roles in many important societies (ASN, NKF, ISN, ABIM) and edited many well known classic nephrology texts.

Inherent in our goals are continued interactions with other programs, such as those in place with Dr. Michael Holers (Head, Rheumatology) and Dr. Ronald Gill (Head, Transplant Immunology Research), Dr. Mark Geraci (Pulmonary Division), and Dr. Charles Dinarello (Division of Infectious Diseases), as well as the School of Public Health and the Academy of Medical Education, to provide optimal training opportunities.

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus Renal Division additionally encourages fellows to pursue their education towards a PhD or towards a certification in basic medical education or clinical science in human disease. Several fellows have pursued this option.

The overall goal of this program is to train future leaders in nephrology and hypertension research and/or clinical education. Towards this end, we:

1.     Capitalize on the unusually diverse and strong training environment of the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus including areas of vascular biology, signal transduction, immunology, genomics and proteomics, as well as health services research;

2.     Recruit graduates from the top MD and MD/PhD programs to the nephrology training program; and

3.     Fully integrate the clinical nephrology fellowship training program with rigorous training in basic and clinical research for fellows seeking careers in academic nephrology.

4.     Encourage fellows interested in Medical Education to participate in our Teaching Scholars program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

5.     Encourage fellows interested in Clinical Research to participate in a University of Colorado School of Medicine program leading to a Certificate, Master, or PhD in Public Health.