Pediatric Nephrology Education

Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Training Program

The Pediatric Nephrology Training Program at the University of Minnesota was initiated in 1965 by Drs. Alfred Michael and Robert Vernier.  The program continues today under the director of Clifford Kashtan, MD.

Our training program is a three-year program.  It has historically been a major contributor to the current national and international pool of Pediatric Nephrology faculty.  Since the formal organization of this training program in 1965, a total of 123 candidates have completed or are in training.  To date, 90 of the 120 trainees (75%) who have completed one or more years of training have occupied full-time positions in academic departments.  Fifteen graduates have directed academic Pediatric Nephrology divisions.

Program graduates provide high quality teaching and patient care, and demonstrate a continued dedication to improved understanding of disease through research based on the philosophy acquired during their training.  A remarkable number of our graduates have successfully competed for NIH funding and other independent research support.

The primary objective of this training program is to prepare physicians who have completed clinical training in Pediatrics for academic, research-oriented faculty positions in Pediatric Nephrology. Candidates for this program have expressed an intense desire to pursue academic careers devoted to enhancing the understanding of renal disorders and the care of children with kidney disease through innovative basic research, clinical investigation, teaching and advocacy, and a commitment to devote a minimum of three years of post-residency training to achieving these goals.

Eligibility & Selection

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or hold a J1 visa. Graduates of 3 year ACGME approved residency programs or their equivalent are encouraged to apply. Fellows are selected primarily on the basis of likely success in an academic career in Pediatric Nephrology.

After applications have been screened, selected applicants will be invited for interviews to meet our faculty, fellows, and staff and to tour the facility.

How to Apply

We appreciate your interest in the University of Minnesota’s Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program.

To be considered by the fellowship selection committee, we encourage you to apply for the Nephrology Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). ERAS is an internet-based application process developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to transmit fellowship applications to the program. You will be required to submit an application with a minimum of three letters of recommendation, medical transcripts and other supporting credentials (i.e. ECFMG certificate, USMLE certificate, etc.). Applicants must meet our eligibility criteria and submit the required documents:

  • 3 letters of recommendation from members of your faculty
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE transcript
  • Photograph
  • CV
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Medical School Diploma

The NRMP Subspecialty Match

The Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota participates in the National Resident Matching Program's Medical Specialties Matching Program. This is a computerized venue for matching an applicant's program preferences with the program director's preferences for applicants. To register, or for additional information about the Match, please go to

Contact Us

If you have additional questions or would like to inquire about the fellowship program, please contact Lindsey Christ, Fellowship Coordinator, at