Patients with kidney disease need skilled clinicians prepared to engage in collaborative, multidisciplinary care. At the University of Minnesota, we are driven to improve the health of patients by improving quality of care through innovative therapies.

Graduates of our nephrology fellowship program are prepared to:

  • Provide high quality care through patient-centered rotations in a range of clinical settings with dedicated teaching faculty
  • Investigate their own clinical research questions and hypotheses
  • Practice in an academic nephrology program or busy private practice

Our fellowship program has been right-sized to ensure fellows have the best experience possible during their training. Our faculty are dedicated to our trainees' experience, which means finding the right work life balance. Here are some highlights:

  • Two-week rotations, alternating hospital and ambulatory settings
  • Fellow-managed teaching service with APP support
  • Subsection clinic experiences (GN, Peds nephrology, HTN, and kidney stone specific)
  • Second-year electives curated to align with career goals
    • Apheresis, Pediatric nephrology, palliative care, individualized QI/Research time
  • Continuity home dialysis experiences
  • Strong clinical research opportunities
  • Robust kidney transplant program with the opportunity for additional 1-year transplant fellowship

Contact Us

Nephrology Fellowship Program Director

Sarah Elfering, MD
(612) 625-5424

Renal Transplant Fellowship Program Director

Samy Riad, MD
(612) 624-9444

Fellowship Coordinator for Nephrology and Renal Transplant

Sarah Johnson Sexton
(612) 624-1486 or 626-9691