Training and Curriculum

First Year

The program is divided into rotations among the 3 principal teaching hospitals, Stanford Hospital and Clinics (SHC), The Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) and the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC). Weekly Nephrology clinics (9 in all) are held at each of the hospitals, and 3 transplant Nephrology clinics are held each week at Stanford. In addition, the fellow is responsible for supervising and teaching (under close supervision by a faculty member) Stanford medical residents and medical students.


We offer a one week "intersession" to improve the education we provide fellows in the first, clinical year.  During this week, first year fellows will be excused from clinical duties to attend teaching sessions with division faculty.   A schedule of informal morning and afternoon didactic presentations together with assigned reading and group review of selected cases and problems is designed to help new fellows understand material (such as use of urea kinetics for dialysis prescription, acid balance in clinical medicine, and the basic statistics used in clinical reports) which is hard to pick up in busy hospital practice.

Second Year

  • Protected time for research endeavors and formal graduate study
  • Continuity outpatient clinic experience
  • Limited inpatient coverage and call responsibilities (unless planned focus on clinical practice)
  • Opportunity to gain additional experience in particular aspect of clinical nephrology (peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis, hypertension, glomerular disease, stone disease, bio-design, global health, health policy)

Leadership / Teaching Roles

  • Biopsy conference
  • VA Teaching Conference
  • Stanford Board Review Conference
  • Quality Improvement Projects
  • Information Technology Management
  • Fellowship Engagement 




General Nephrology Clinics

The Nephrology Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disorders.

General Veterans Affairs

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. These facilities provide some of the world's finest medical care and cutting-edge technology.

Santa Clara Valley

The Nephrology Division at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) provides a broad range of inpatient, outpatient, and educational services.

Career Development - Fellowship Pathways

The Stanford Nephrology Fellowship program aims to prepare trainees for careers as independent investigators in nephrology and related disciplines.  As such, we strongly encourage trainees to spend a minimum of two, but preferably three or more years in research training.

Teaching Conferences

  • Core Curriculum Lectures
  • Research Conference
  • Journal Club
  • Renal Grand Rounds