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 both inpatient- and outpatient-centered rotations in a variety of clinical settings and various sub-specialties, such as hypertension, nephrolithiasis, and glomerular disease
  • 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:

  • Fellows take just one call night per week, with one in four weekend coverage - that's 24 evenings/month pager free! Weekend call starts Saturday, not Friday.
  • A dedicated teaching service at the University is fellow-managed and supported by a dedicated teaching faculty. This service consistently has internal medicine residents and medical students, with a capped census to ensure adequate time for bedside teaching. Three advanced practice providers work in the hospital to support fellows and faculty and care for patients on the non-teaching service.
  • A healthy cohort of young faculty infuses energy into the fellowship program. We focus on participation and engagement of learners rather than isolated powerpoint-driven lectures. Fellows are active learners, participating in clinical case conferences, M&Ms, journal clubs, cross-specialty debates, and grand rounds.

Contact Us

Nephrology Fellowship Program Director

Sarah Elfering, MD
(612) 624-5611

Renal Transplant Fellowship Program Director

Samy Riad, MD
(612) 624-9444

Fellowship Coordinator for Nephrology and Renal Transplant

Sarah Johnson Sexton
(612) 626-9691 or 624-6917