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 




Kidney Stone and Bone Clinics

The Stanford Kidney Stone Clinic provides comprehensive, high-quality, and innovative care for patients with recurrent kidney stone disease. 

The Stanford Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Diseases Clinic offers expert treatment for patients with osteoporosis, hyperparathyroidism, Paget's disease, and other diseases affecting the skeleton.  

Glomerular Disease Center (GDC)

The Glomerular Disease Center (GDC) will provide comprehensive and outstanding care to patients with glomerular disease, embracing evidence based care, patient education and participation as well as opportunities to explore experimental therapies in making a difference in outcomes.

The Stanford Hypertension Center

We created this multidisciplinary center to provide comprehensive, high-quality, and innovative care for patients with severe or refractory hypertension, including evaluation for secondary and reversible forms of hypertension.

Transplant Clinic

The first kidney transplantation in California was performed at Stanford in 1960. The Stanford Kidney Transplant Program started in 1991. Since its inception, Stanford doctors within the program have performed more than 1,200 kidney transplants. From the outset, our goal has not only been to deliver the finest care possible, but to also pioneer new treatment methods that improve patient outcomes both short- and long-term.

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