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Training & Curriculum

The Program


The combined Cedars-Sinai/Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Fellowship Training Program in Nephrology is a two-year program. We accept four first-year fellows annually. It is a clinically oriented but well-rounded program covering all aspects of nephrology, dialysis, hemofiltration apheresis, renal pathology, radiology, transplantation and active patient care, with abundant opportunities for clinical research. The fellows start their training rotations at KPLA for six months, before beginning their rotations in nephrology consult and renal transplant at Cedars-Sinai. Each fellow will rotate through the different phases of the fellowship program in blocks of two weeks. Also, each fellow will rotate with a nephrology attending and will have medical residents and medical students on the team.

The purpose of our fellowship program is to provide basic knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the kidneys; knowledge of renal diseases, fluids and electrolytes; work-up and management of patients with renal diseases; proficiency in the techniques of acute and chronic hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and continuous renal replacement therapies and apheresis; basic knowledge of transplantation and experience in clinical research methodology. The program is designed to develop well-rounded, competent clinical nephrologists.

Dedicated research time is provided to allow fellows to conduct clinical research projects utilizing the many clinical databases available within Kaiser Permanente. Participation in research is required.

Teaching Program


Designed in accordance with the ACGME guidelines.

  • Board Review
  • Nephrology Conferences
  • Renal Grand Rounds: weekly
  • Pathophysiology/Journal Club: biweekly
  • Case Management Conference: weekly
  • Renal Pathology Conference: biweekly
  • Multidisciplinary Case Conference: weekly
  • Regional Renal Grand Rounds: monthly
  • Research Conference: monthly
  • Fellows’ Quality Improvement Meetings: monthly
  • Physician Wellness Conference: bimonthly

Clinical Experiences & Rotations


  • Inpatient Nephrology Consultations: Kaiser Permanente LAMC and Cedars-Sinai
  • Outpatient Hemodialysis Unit Rounds
  • Outpatient Home Dialysis Clinic
  • Outpatient Nephrology Continuity Clinic
  • Inpatient Renal Transplant Service: Cedars-Sinai
  • Renal Transplant Clinic: Cedars-Sinai
  • Stone Clinic and Renal Transplant Clinic: Kaiser
  • Interventional Radiology Experience
  • Renal Genetics Clinic
  • Glomerulonephritis Clinic

Activities of the Fellow


  • Active participation in the evaluation and management of patients seen on renal consultation with residents and staff nephrologists
  • Participation in the care and management of patients who are on chronic hemodialysis to gain experience in the techniques and associated problems of chronic hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis
  • Participation in the care of patients requiring therapeutic apheresis services in the hospital
  • Major responsibility, with an assigned staff nephrologist, for the nephrology conferences
  • Participation in the weekly morning hemodialysis working conference to discuss the ongoing medical and social problems of dialysis patients
  • Participation in the biweekly Renal Journal Club
  • Rotation in the Renal Clinics with continuity of care
  • Participation in the weekly afternoon staff renal conference to discuss cases or problems of special interest
  • Rotation through Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for experience in the management of transplant patients
  • Weekly pre- and post-transplant clinics at Kaiser Permanente LAMC
  • Weekly Stone Clinic
  • Active participation in clinical research projects during the tenure of the fellowship
  • Reading and keeping up with the literature is a basic part of training. Each fellow is encouraged to regularly read the standard nephrology journals, such as Kidney International, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, American Journal of Nephrology and Clinical Nephrology, as well as the major internal medicine journals
  • Additional pertinent articles dealing with specific topics or patients will be brought to the fellow’s attention as part of the training program

Meetings and Conferences


  • Daily attending rounds in the consultation or dialysis service
  • Daily nephrology teaching conferences or seminars
  • Weekly multidisciplinary patient dialysis conference with the dialysis staff
  • Monthly Regional Nephrology Conference for staff and house staff
  • Biweekly Journal Club
  • Monthly Research Conference
  • Biweekly Renal Pathology Conference
  • Research Design
  • Special conferences or lectures for the nephrology nursing and hemodialysis staff
  • Monthly Fellows’ Quality Improvement Conference
  • Bimonthly Physician Wellness Conference
  • Biweekly Board Review Sessions

Research Opportunities


Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the Nephrology Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai, please call or send us a message.

Cedars-Sinai Division of Nephrology
8635 West Third St., Suite 590W
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Alia Maboud, MPH

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Los Angeles
Fellowship Administration & Recruitment