Pediatric Nephrology

Pediatric Nephrology group
UNC Pediatric Nephrology group

The University of North Carolina and the UNC Kidney Center appreciate your interest in our Pediatric Nephrology training program. The Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship provides comprehensive subspecialty clinical and research training in all aspects of pediatric nephrology. Our goal is to train outstanding clinical nephrologists who have a firm grounding in basic, translational, or clinical research methodology. The three year program accepts one fellow per year and is accredited by the ACGME.

The Pediatric Nephrology Division at UNC is unique in that it is housed in the Department of Medicine rather than the Department of Pediatrics. The pediatric and adult programs are largely integrated from an educational perspective with both adult and pediatric fellows attending most teaching conferences together. The clinical experiences are separate. The pediatric fellows have the opportunity to closely interact with a large number of faculty with diverse areas of expertise creating a rich environment for research collaboration, collaborative learning, and comradery. 

Training opportunities include:

Clinical training (year one) 

The first year of a pediatric nephrology fellowship is dedicated to clinical service which provides inpatient and outpatient experience in all aspects of pediatric nephrology including dialysis and transplantation. All pediatric nephrology patients are covered by pediatric housestaff with nephrology fellows and attendings providing consultative services. The outpatient clinic sees over 2,000 visits annually. There are typically 15-20 children managed through the Carrboro dialysis center on chronic home peritoneal dialysis. Fellows will gain competency in all forms of dialysis including intermittent hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and all forms of CRRT, including CRRT in conjunction with ECMO circuits. Fellows can further expect to develop competencies in performing renal biopsies and managing children with CKD, due to a wide variety of congenital anomalies of the urinary tract, glomerular diseases and renal tubular disorders.

Statistics

Average # of chronic dialysis patients (hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis): 15-20
Average # of renal transplants: 6-8 per year
Outpatient Encounters: 2000 per year
Average Inpatient nephrology consult census: 8-10

Sample 1st year Schedule 

Inpatient Service

18 weeks

Outpatient

13 weeks

Dialysis Rotation

4 weeks

Research

3 weeks

Radiology

2 weeks

Urology

2 weeks

Urinary Systems Course
(medical student teaching)

2 weeks

*19 weeks with overnight home call

Training in Clinical Research (year 2 and 3)

The second and third years are typically devoted to research and scholarship. Several fellows have opted to complete their MPH in Epidemiology or MSc in Clinical Research at the Gillings School of Public Health under the T32 NIH Research Training Grant. Opportunities also exist for clinical or basic science research in molecular and cell biology, immunologic, genetic, and translational aspects of kidney disease.

All fellows have a Scholarship Oversight Committee to provide oversight over their research experience. Fellows are strongly encouraged to present their work at national meetings. 

Read more about research training opportunities and faculty here.

Mentors come either from within the Division and/or the Gillings School of Public Health and sometimes from other Divisions from within the School of Medicine.

Didactic Learning Opportunities

The Pediatric Nephrology Fellows participate in a number of didactic conferences.

Weekly Academic Schedule:

Pediatric Nephrology Schedule

Faculty & Support Staff

Faculty


Clinical Nurse Staff

Administrative Support Staff

Current Fellows

  • Erica Bjornstad, MD
  • Kiri Bagley, MD

Past Fellows

  • Dorey Glenn, MD, MPH
  • Katie Westreich, MD
  • Nicole Beaufort, MD
  • Heather Stewart, MD 
  • Jennifer Vick, MD
  • Keisha Gibson, MD
  • Carla Nester, MD
  • Jennifer Slickers MD, MPH 

Applicants

The University of North Carolina Division of Nephrology welcomes applications to its Fellowship Program through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®).

A complete application includes:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE transcript

The University of North Carolina does not discriminate in offering access to its educational programs and activities or with respect to employment terms and conditions on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, genetic information, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Interviews typically take place starting in late July through the end of October. 
We are unable to help with travel or lodging costs.

Questions and program inquiries can be directed to:

UNC Kidney Center 
Attn: (insert name here) 
7024 Burnett-Womack CB # 7155
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7155

Keisha Gibson MD, MPH
Program Director

Rochelle Moser
Administrative Coordinator