Medical College of Wisconsin 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 98 fellows who have gone onto successful careers in academic medicine and private practice.

About Our Program

Our program benefits from the broad clinical opportunities at the two major training sites, Froedtert Hospital and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. Our excellence in clinical practice, innovative research programs, and leadership in academic medicine has led to national recognition. In 2017, Froedtert Hospital was ranked third among the nation’s top-performing academic medical centers by Vizient. Our fellows obtain a comprehensive education with a 100% boards pass rate since 2017 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.

Benefits and Additional Application Information

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

Program Details


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

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

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

Andrew Maike, MD, Associate Program Director and Assistant Professor of Medicine

Anna Gaddy, MD, Associate Program Director, Assistant Professor of Medicine

Clinical Competency Committee: Andrew Maike, MDAaron Dall, MD, Kevin Regner, MD, MS, FASN, Anna Gaddy, MD, and Dawn Wolfgram, MD

Fellowship Coordinator Information

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

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.

Brahm Vasudev, MD, Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program Director and Associate Professor of Medicine

Transplant Fellowship Administrative Contact Information
Andy Brown, Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Medicine/Hub for Collaborative Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-0314 |


Core Nephrology Topics: Every Friday from 2-3 p.m. Faculty led lectures or small group discussion on core nephrology topics including but not limited to chronic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, dialysis, vascular access and kidney stones and hypertension. We also include demonstrations of renal ultrasound, dialysis water treatment and technical aspects of home dialysis machines. Topics have corresponding readings in the textbook. Additional lectures are added by request or as needed.

Case Conference: Every Tuesday from 3-3:30 p.m. A fellows presents a case with a faculty mentor. Faculty and fellow lead discussion and focus on one important topic for an interactive case‐based learning session. These are attended by all fellows, faculty and advanced practice providers as well as rotating residents and students.

Nephrology research conference: Every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Faculty from MCW and guest speakers from other institutions present research presentations or lead journal clubs. These focus on novel research findings and new clinical practices.

Renal Biopsy conference: This takes the place of the research conference on the third Tuesday of the month from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Dr. Gallan, our Nephropathologist, leads the discussion and presents nephrology pathology slides from recent cases. This is a multidisciplinary conference discussing interpretation and clinical management of renal pathology.

Froedtert Hospital Vascular Access conference: The second Thursday of the month at 7:30 a.m.
Zablock VA Vascular Access conference: The first Wednesday of the month from 4-5 p.m.
These multidisciplinary conferences bring together nephrologists, vascular access surgeons and interventional radiology to discuss and trouble shoot patients with vascular access issues. Fellows on their VA outpatient rotation attend this conference.

VA Dialysis Committee: The third Tuesday of the month from 12-1 p.m. This is a multidisciplinary meeting of nephrologists, nurses, our dialysis social worker, our dialysis dietician, technicians and biomedical engineering to review quality metrics of the VA dialysis unit and implement changes as needed. Fellows on their VA outpatient rotation attend this meeting.

Transplant Case and Research Conference: Every Tuesday from 3-4 p.m.. Various topics on transplant medicine are discussed and this is attended by fellows during their transplant rotation.

Pre‐transplant/Living Donor Kidney Transplant Selection committee: Every Friday starting at 1 p.m. This is attended by the multidisciplinary transplant team, which includes nephrologists, surgeons, social workers, psychologists, and pharmacists. This is attended by fellows during their transplant rotation.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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

When will you stop reviewing applications?
We will stop reviewing applications by the middle of October.

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

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.