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Nephrology

Fellowship Programs

Thank you for your interest in the Nephrology Fellowship Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has a long established successful nephrology training program. The first nephrology fellow completed training from 1963 to 1965 at MCW (then Marquette University School of Medicine). Since then we have graduated 86 fellows who have gone onto successful careers in academic medicine and private practice.

Our program benefits from the broad clinical opportunities at the two major training sites, Froedtert Hospital and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Hospital. Our excellence in clinical practice, innovative research programs, and leadership in academic medicine has led to national recognition; as noted by the Division of Nephrology’s 2017 ranking of number 42 in the nation by US News and World Report. Our fellows obtain a comprehensive education with a 94% board pass rate and were noted to be in the top three highest scoring US nephrology programs on the 2017 ITE exam. There is extensive experience for fellows in all aspects of nephrology including chronic kidney disease, dialysis, transplant, and acute and critical care nephrology. Based on individual interests, fellows can obtain experience in research within a number of strong research programs at MCW, such as the Kidney Stone group, the large Renal Physiology group, and the Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research. We ensure that our fellows develop the skills necessary for any of the diverse practice setting available in the field of Nephrology.

We are currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) with the longest cycle granted. 

To learn more about our program, please view the Nephrology Fellowship Program handbook (PDF).

Benefits and Additional Application Information 

Please see Graduate Medical Education's information about the benefits, conditions & terms of employment.

Program Details

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Applications

The Nephrology Fellowship Program uses the ERAS System and will participate in the National Resident Matching Program for spots available.

For the Transplant Nephrology Fellowship, please forward your CV to kabusse@mcw.edu.

US Medical Graduates (Please provide the following in your ERAS Application)

  • Common application form
  • USMLE Transcript (Steps 1, 2, and 3)
  • Complex scores (DO)
  • MSPE
  • At least three letters of recommendation (one has to be from your current program director)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • CV

International Medical Graduates (Please provide the following in your ERAS Application)

  • Common application form
  • USMLE Transcript (Steps 1, 2, and 3)
  • MSPE
  • At least three letters of recommendation (one has to be from your current program director)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • ECFMG Status Report
  • Personal Statement
  • CV
  • Visa sponsorships that will be accepted:
    J-1 visa candidates (visa has to be sponsored by the ECFMG)
    H1-B visa candidates
Fellowship Contact Information

Dawn Wolfgram, MD, Program Director and Associate Professor of Medicine

Alice Ching, MD, Associate Program Director, Assistant Professor of Medicine

Tepsiri Chongkrairatanakul, MD, Associate Program Director, Assistant Professor of Medicine

Bhavna Bhasin, MD, Associate Program Director, Assistant Professor of Medicine

Clinical Competency Committee: Alice Ching, MD Aaron Dall, MD, Kevin Regner, MD, MS, FASN, Tepsiri Chongkrairatanakul, MD, Bhavna Bhasin, MD, and Dawn Wolfgram, MD

Fellowship Coordinator Information

Robin Karst, Nephrology Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Medicine – Educational Programs
Medical College of Wisconsin
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-0438 | rkarst@mcw.edu

Transplant Nephrology Fellowship
Formal one-year clinical training in Transplant Nephrology was initiated in July 2004. This was formally approved by the American Society of Nephrology and the American Society of Transplantation. The Transplant Nephrology Fellowship training involves exposure to kidney and pancreas transplantation in the outpatient and inpatient settings. It covers the management of kidney and pancreas transplant recipients, understanding and managing immunosuppressive therapies, handling of the medical and surgical complications early post transplantation as well as long-term care of kidney and pancreas transplant recipients. The training encompasses formal exposure and instruction in donor-recipient evaluation, performing renal transplant biopsy, nephropathology, non-renal solid organ transplantation including liver, heart, and lung transplants, living and deceased kidney procurement, ABO incompatible kidney transplant, HLA laboratories, formal transplant infectious disease rotation, as well as clinical and basic science research in kidney transplantation.

Ehab Saad, MD, FACP, FASN, MA, Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program Director and Associate Professor of Medicine

Transplant Fellowship Administrative Contact Information
Kathileen Arnold, Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Medicine/HUB
Medical College of Wisconsin
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-0313 | karnold@mcw.edu
Conferences

Frequently Asked Questions

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When will you start reviewing applications?
We will start reviewing applications in July.

When will you stop reviewing applications?
We will stop reviewing applications by the end of August.

What month will you interview in?
We will be interviewing in August and September.

How many fellowship spots are available?
We will have three fellowship spots available.

Do you accept applications outside of eras?
No, we do not accept applications outside of ERAS.

Do you accept applicants outside of the match?
No, we do not accept applicants outside of the match.

Do you participate in the NRMP Match?
Yes, we do participate in the NRMP Match.