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Nephrology - Renal

About the Nephrology-Renal Fellowship Program

The renal fellowship at Westchester Medical Center, the university hospital of New York Medical College, has been training fellows in nephrology for over 30 years and is one of the earliest ACGME approved renal fellowships in New York State. The quality of the program is attested to by continuing ACGME certification, the 100% pass rate on the ABIM Nephrology Certification Exam and the success of former fellows in nephrology practice nationwide. On its most recent site visit in 2010 by the ACGME the program achieved a full ten year re-accreditation with no academic citations, reflecting the high quality of the faculty and the training provided.

Training is conducted entirely on the local campus of Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College with exposure to inpatients at Westchester Medical Center, office patients (at a dedicated continuity clinic staffed by fellows and nephrology attendings and the affiliated faculty practice), chronic dialysis patients (including in-center dialysis, home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis) and both inpatient and outpatient renal transplants. Westchester Medical Center serves as a tertiary and quaternary care center for the Hudson Valley, possessing the highest case mix index of US hospitals, reflecting the complexity of its patients and the technical sophistication of the care delivered. All dialytic modalities are available and intensively employed. Fellows are thus exposed to a wider variety of patient problems and severity of illness than is likely to be seen at any point later in their professional careers.

The Division of Nephrology at New York Medical College oversees the fellowship program and provides didactic, clinical and research training for fellows. Nine full-time clinical and research faculty, with expertise in all areas of clinical nephrology, supervise all rotations. Faculty research includes endothelial cell dysfunction in vascular disease, role of endothelial stem cells in recovery from renal injury, management of mineral and bone metabolism in dialysis patients, treatment of acute renal failure in patients on artificial circulatory devices, management of home dialytic therapies and renal involvement in metabolic syndrome.

The renal division has six clinical fellows who spend time on consultative nephrology, transplant, dialysis, research and interventional rotations. During two years of training, fellows will gain exposure to all aspects of clinical nephrology and dialysis and develop expertise in research methodologies and interpretation as well as gain experience in interventional procedures appropriate to nephrologists. Our faculty also oversees an annual board review course for the fellows.

Office Location
Westchester Medical Center
Valhalla, New York 10595
Phone: (914) 493-7703

Program Director
Maureen Brogan, MD
broganm@WCMC.com

Program Coordinator
Sharmila Bhagan
sharmila_bhagan@nymc.edu

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