Since its inception in 1972, the primary goal of the Renal Training Program has been to prepare physicians for careers in academic medicine with specialized clinical and research skill in the field of nephrology. In these forty years, over 200 postdoctoral fellows have been trained in the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension laboratories. A substantial number of these individuals are involved in academic careers throughout the United States and at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus itself. Since 2002, approximately 40 percent of nephrology fellows went on to pursue their careers at academic institutions.
The primary participating units in this training program are located at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC). At the onset of the 2012 academic year there are forty faculty members, all involved in various academic activities. As of July 2012 there are four clinical nephrology fellows, eight postdoctoral research scholars, and ten international fellows in this training program.