How to Apply for the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program

The Nephrology fellowship program currently has one opening for 2019-20 fellows.

To apply, please release your ERAS application to the University of Minnesota Nephrology Fellowship Program.

If you do not have a current ERAS application, e-mail the following to both Dr. Sarah Elfering, Program Director and Sarah Sexton, Program Coordinator.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement that includes your background, education and experience, long-term goals, and areas of interest
  • USMLE Transcript (Steps 1, 2, and 3 are required)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Medical student performance evaluation or Dean’s letter
  • Certificate or letter confirming completion from a U.S. residency program. We cannot consider candidates without U.S. residencies.
  • Letter of recommendation from the director of your residency program. Additional LoRs may be sent but the residency PD letter is required. You may have your PD email Dr. Elfering directly.
  • Visa status and ECFMG Certificate for international medical graduates

If you meet program requirements, you will be contacted for a phone interview.

Application Process

Visa Policy

Visa Policy

Visa Sponsorship: The J-1 alien physician visa sponsored by ECFMG is the preferred visa status for foreign national trainees in all UMN graduate medical education programs. More information on the J-1 visa can be found on the UMN-GME web page. H-1 visas may be considered for exceptionally qualified applicants.



Selection Criteria for UM Nephrology Fellowship

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have:

  • Completed or anticipate completion of an ACGME-accredited (U.S.) Internal Medicine or combined medicine residency program prior to fellowship
  • Passed USMLE Steps 1, 2 CK, 2 CS, and 3
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident status, or a J-1 visa. (H-1 visas will be considered).

Eligible applicants are assessed according to the following criteria and information sources:

  • Prior clinical and research experience
  • Evidence of academic interest, productivity, and potential
  • Excellent letters of recommendation, including from Nephrology specialists and residency program director
  • Excellent academic and clinical performance, including USMLE scores
  • Quality of personal statement
  • "Fit" with our program (according to professional objectives and geographical/socio-cultural factors)
  • Impressions of faculty members who know the applicant

Interviewees are assessed for their:

  • Maturity, demeanor, and character
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Insight and level of sophistication regarding career plans
  • Depth of commitment to an academic Nephrology career
  • Desired mix of clinical, teaching, and research in future career position
  • Research background and interest area(s)
  • Preference for laboratory, clinical, epidemiological, or public health research
  • Likelihood of success in Nephrology

Members of underrepresented backgrounds in medicine minority groups are encouraged to apply.

 Visa information:

  • J-1 visas: We accept J-1 visas, but only limited funding support options are available ("Clinician-Scholar" track required).
  • H-1 visas: The Medical School at the University of Minnesota discourages residency and fellowship applications from individuals holding H-1 visas because all of our residents and fellows are students, not employees. We will consider H-1 visa holders, but approval is required from the University's GME office.

Invitations to interview and rankings for the match are decided by the Fellowship Director, in conjunction with the Fellowship Committee.

Two clinical positions are offered each year.



Visit ERAS to submit a fellowship application. The ERAS application must include the following items.

  • Personal statement that includes your background, education and experience, long-term goals, and areas of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (one of which should be from the director of your residency program)
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE Transcript
  • ECFMG Certificate for foreign medical graduates

Applications must be received before September 15th for consideration.

2018 NRMP Match Dates for Nephrology

2018 NRMP Match Dates for Nephrology

ERAS Opens: June 8, 2018
Program begins Application Review: July 15, 2018
Match Opens: August 29, 2018
Application Deadline: September 15, 2018
Ranking Order Deadline: November 14, 2018
Match Day: November 28, 2018

Invitations for interview will be offered through ERAS.

Interview Dates
Interviews are scheduled on Thursdays or Saturdays in September. For 2018, these dates are September 6, 8, 20, and 27; September 29 may also be available.