A Message From Our Director

Panduranga Rao, MD, DNB, MS

Thank you for your interest in our Nephrology Fellowship Training Program at the University of Michigan. We hope that you will find the answers to most of your questions about our program on this site. We are proud of our program. We believe that because of the large size and diverse interests of our talented faculty, and because of the outstanding strengths of the University of Michigan, we provide one of the premier training experiences in nephrology in the United States.

As you will encounter on our website and in this program overview video, our training program has the capacity to provide outstanding training in all aspects of clinical nephrology. We have a large solid organ transplant program that performs over 300 kidney allograft transplants per year and we have an independent transplant fellowship that some of our fellows choose to undertake in a third year of training. We also have a well-developed interventional nephrology unit. This unit has a well-trained staff and discreet facilities with its own fluoroscopic equipment and the ability to perform advanced procedures that include angioplasty procedures, tunneled catheter placement and removal, and peritoneal dialysis placements.

While we are anxious to train - and do routinely train - outstanding clinicians, the program is particularly interested in training future academic nephrologists. As described on our website, we have a long, successful history of training fellows particularly in the basic sciences, epidemiology and outcomes research, and in clinical trial design. We believe strongly in using the diverse strengths of the University and encourage our trainees to obtain formal training outside of the Division of Nephrology, if this serves their training goals. Finally, we recognize that many fellow applicants may not have well defined interests at the time that they apply for their nephrology training, particularly because this application process begins nearly two years before matriculation. For that reason, the program is flexible, allowing fellows without predetermined research interests during their first year of training to learn about opportunities and themselves, before making a decision about an academic career or before making a decision about what direction that career track might take.

Like most nephrology programs in the United States, we participate in the ERAS electronic nephrology fellowship program application process and the NRMP fellowship match program. Please see the How to Apply section for more information.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer and makes every effort to train individuals from diverse backgrounds. We accept applications from those holding a Permanent Resident or J-1 visa. However, we do not sponsor H1-B visas. 

Once again, thank you for your interest. We look forward to receiving your application.

Best Wishes,

Panduranga Rao, MD, DNB, MS
Professor of Internal Medicine
Director, Nephrology Fellowship Training Program