About the Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship

Our mission is to train future pediatric nephrologists who are highly competent in clinical nephrology and have the necessary skills to become a successful academician in education, clinical or basic science research and/or administration.

We have an ACGME-accredited three-year program and we accept one new fellow per year. The Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH) has general oversight of the program. All of the division faculty are board certified in pediatric nephrology and along with staff, will be integral to the fellowship trainee's clinical education. The Department of pediatrics has 14 other fellowship programs and the fellowship directors and pediatric faculty provide a Joint Fellowship Program year-round. This program provides a monthly conference for all fellows that covers curriculum such as research design, ethics, teaching methods, quality improvement processes, interviewing for jobs, etc.

Program Description

History: First accredited in 2009

Duration of training: Three (3) years

Prerequisite training/Selection criteria: Must have completed a certified pediatric residency program

Goals and Objectives

The broad educational goals of the program are to develop the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes that will lead the pediatric nephrology fellow to becoming an excellent clinician caring for children with kidney disease. This will be accomplished by providing a rich environment with opportunities for direct inpatient, outpatient, and consultative patient care under the direct supervision of full-time faculty.

In addition, the trainees will gain knowledge and skills to become productive academic physicians. They will have the opportunity to pursue clinical and/or laboratory-based research as well as learn quality improvement science. Instruction regarding study design, epidemiology, and biostatistics will be available through the research mentor, pediatric nephrology faculty, and the Joint Fellowship Curriculum. Multiple scholarly opportunities exist in the department and Medical College. Under the supervision of a research mentor and Scholastic Oversight Committee, the training program will aim to develop the academic potential of the nephrology fellow. A summary of the goals of the training program will be distributed to each fellow and faculty member within the section, as well as to each research mentor on an annual basis. A brief summary of the goals and objectives include:

  • Develop the clinical competencies to manage a wide spectrum of kidney disease, hypertension and urinary abnormalities in infants, children and adolescents.

  • Be able to manage patients requiring all modalities of renal replacement therapies including kidney transplantation.

  • Understand the role of the pediatric nephrologist in assisting primary care providers in the care and management of children with kidney disease and hypertension.

  • Become knowledgeable about research methods and its application to the field of pediatric nephrology.

  • Become proficient in the design, execution and dissemination of clinical or basic science research.

  • Develop teaching skills and take a significant role in the educational activities of the division.
 The Fellowship Experience


Outpatient care is an integral part of nephrology training. Fellows will be assigned to a minimum of 10 hours per week, averaging 15–25 hours of direct patient contact. Fellows will present the patients after they have made their own independent assessment and developed a plan of action. Fellows will also be responsible to present their patients at the weekly patient care conference.


The fellows’ research experience begins in the first year and continues to progress in a meaningful way. Fellows will learn how to select a research project and a mentor. A Research Methods Workshop is offered and those interested in clinical research are encouraged to take the course. Fellows will meet biannually with the oversight committee to review the progress of their research project.



  • Small group discussions with fellows, residents and students
  • Patient care conferences with multidisciplinary teams
  • Transplant/Nephrology (Adult) Conference


  • Joint Fellows Curriculum
  • Renal Pathology review
  • Journal Club
  • Patient Care Dialysis Conference


  • Solid organ transplant grand rounds
  • Special topics


In addition to self evaluations, performance is evaluated after each learning experience by the Program Director as well as other members of the nephrology section. Twice annually a summary evaluation is conducted based upon compiled data received from faculty and staff evaluations.


Fellows meet annually and participate in a confidential group interview where strengths of program as well as areas for improvement are gathered and disseminated to the Program Director.

 Application Process

Applicants must have completed a certified pediatric residency training program and submit their application through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service).

 Terms, Conditions and Benefits of Employment

Fellows starting the program prior to July 1, 2015, are employed by the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW).

Stipend amounts for the 2015-2016 Academic Year:

  • PGY4 - $60,440
  • PGY5 - $63,500
  • PGY6 - $65,540
  • PGY7 - $67,580

Vacations, leaves, retirement plans, and insurance benefits

Call rooms, meals, and laundry services

Professional Liability Insurance
The MCW Professional Risk Management Department coordinates the professional liability self-insurance program and assures liability coverage with the Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund in excess of the primary annual limits of $1,000,000 per incident and $3,000,000 in the aggregate. Providers are covered for the activities within the scope of duties for the MCW.

Fellows starting the program on or after July 1, 2015, are employed by the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH).

See MCWAH Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment for information regarding vacations, leaves, insurance, stipends and professional liability.

Fellowship Program Contact

Pediatrics Nephrology
Department of Pediatrics
Children's Corporate Center
999 N. 92 St.
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Program Director
Scott K. Van Why, MD
Professor of Pediatrics; Fellowship Director
(414) 337-7140 | svanwhy@mcw.edu

Program Coordinator
Corinne Dean
Administrative Coordinator
(414) 337-7140 | cmdean@mcw.edu

Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-8296
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