As Dr. Jeremy Sorkin wraps up his fellowship experience with the division of nephrology, he leaves with accolades and a desire to make a meaningful difference in his field.

In June, he was voted Best Consultant Award by the UNC Emergency Medicine Residents, and in May, he was inducted into UNC’s Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He was also voted UNC Internal Medicine Fellow of the Year by the internal medicine residents.

“Dr. Sorkin was selected by the housestaff because of his energetic nature, zeal for teaching, and compassionate care for patients,” said Chief Resident Benjamin Sines, MD.

“He infuses collegiality in all that he does, and has always been willing to help out the residents. One resident said, ‘No one is more excited to teach about hyponatremia–with the exception of Dr. Hladik–than Jeremy.’  And that is the truth – Dr. Sorkin is committed to resident education. He responds to all pages, even those overnight, with genuine enthusiasm and kindness.”

Sorkin grew up in Chadds Ford, PA, and he graduated from Penn State and Jefferson Medical College. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center before joining UNC.

Here, he reflects on his time in the department of medicine’s division of nephrology.

Why did you choose UNC for your nephrology fellowship? “This is one of the best programs in the country headed by titans in the field.”

What have you gained from your experience? “I’ve learned more than just nephrology while I’ve been here. It’s been a life-altering experience, both professionally and personally. I will take with me many life lessons and invaluable knowledge moving forward.”

Where are you going next? “I’ll be joining Columbia Nephrology Associates in South Carolina this summer.”

Why did you choose nephrology? “To me, a nephrologist has always been the internist’s internist. The intricacies of the field have always interested me.”

What advice would you give someone who is considering a nephrology fellowship? What should someone look for? “Find a nephrology fellowship with a team based culture, good mentorship, and top-tier education. You only do fellowship once.”

Do you have a favorite life motto or quote that you live by? “Don’t aim for perfection. Aim for progress. Live in the now.”

Learn more about our fellowship program, visit Adult Nephrology Training Program.