Contact Us

Program Director, Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program
Carolyn L. Abitbol
Phone: 305-585-6726
Email: cabitbol@med.miami.edu

Program Coordinator, Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program
Christopher Garcia
Phone: 305-243-2575
Email: ceg157@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
All of our positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application System.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted from July until November. Interviews are conducted from August to October.

Call Schedule

Weekend and night-call responsibilities include no more than four nights in sequence and an average of one weekend per month. The fellows always have the backup of a full-time faculty member who is serving as the attending pediatric nephrologist. Every effort is made to be certain that the night-call activity does not interfere with the trainee’s ability to learn and actively participate in the care of patients. In those situations where the service becomes too busy, the attending physician will assume a primary role with regard to night-call responsibilities. Fellows are strongly discouraged from participating in moonlighting activities.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Holtz Children’s Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete United States Medical Licensing Examination Steps 1, 2 and 3 prior to the start of the program.

Postgraduate Training:
There is no postgraduate training required for this fellowship.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship

Mission & Vision

The goal of our fellowship program is to provide direction and training for physicians to become independent practitioners who make up the next generation of pediatric nephrologists. The training program strives to promote acquisition of skills necessary to provide high-quality and compassionate care for children.

Mission & Vision

The goal of our fellowship program is to provide direction and training for physicians to become independent practitioners who make up the next generation of pediatric nephrologists. The training program strives to promote acquisition of skills necessary to provide high-quality and compassionate care for children.

Program Director’s Welcome

The University of Miami/Jackson Health System Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program, in affiliation with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, includes full-time board certified pediatric nephrologists, a nurse liaison/case manager, research coordinator, post-doctoral research scientist, dialysis nursing staff, clinical social worker, dietitian, psychologist and administrative staff. The division is the main referral center for children with pediatric renal-genito-urinary diseases throughout South Florida, and it covers a total population of more than four-million inhabitants, which assures a vast and varied clinical exposure for each fellow during the training program.

Program Director’s Welcome

The University of Miami/Jackson Health System Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program, in affiliation with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, includes full-time board certified pediatric nephrologists, a nurse liaison/case manager, research coordinator, post-doctoral research scientist, dialysis nursing staff, clinical social worker, dietitian, psychologist and administrative staff. The division is the main referral center for children with pediatric renal-genito-urinary diseases throughout South Florida, and it covers a total population of more than four-million inhabitants, which assures a vast and varied clinical exposure for each fellow during the training program.

The Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship is designed so that each year provides equally distributed clinical exposure to general pediatric nephrology, critical care nephrology, dialysis and transplantation in the hospital and outpatient settings. In addition, 12 months of scholarly activities are included in the three-year curriculum to be devoted to quality improvement, translational science and clinical research projects supervised by clinical and research faculty.

The fellow is expected to demonstrate increasing knowledge and expertise, as well as scholarly activity, with each year. This includes at least one contribution to scientific literature and illustration of being adequately versed in performing consultative and educational activities in the field of pediatric nephrology. The program is based on well-developed, structured experiences in the teaching of pediatric nephrology fellows over the span of more than two decades, and follows the general guidelines developed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Pediatrics for training programs in nephrology.

-Carolyn L. Abitbol, MD

Description

The fellow is expected to demonstrate increasing knowledge and expertise, as well as scholarly activity, with each year. This includes at least one contribution to scientific literature and illustration of being adequately versed in performing consultative and educational activities in the field of pediatric nephrology. The program is based on well-developed, structured experiences in the teaching of pediatric nephrology fellows over the span of more than two decades, and follows the general guidelines developed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Pediatrics for training programs in nephrology.

-Carolyn L. Abitbol, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Fellows per Year?

1

Duration of Fellowship?

3 years

Program Highlights

90% pass rates for pediatric nephrology subboards

Established fellowship program for more than 2 decades with multidisciplinary team for kidney transplantation

Host of annual, international Miami Pediatric Nephrology Seminar & Critical Care Workshop (for more than 4 decades)

Clinical Experience

Year 1

In the first year, the fellow will have four months assigned to the inpatient service, three months assigned to the dialysis unit and five months of elective rotations, outpatient clinics and scholarly activity. During the first year, the fellow will develop a basic understanding of renal function in health and disease, the various types of kidney disease, procedures and techniques in the assessment of kidney structure and function. Fellows will also establish an association with one or more faculty members (as mentors) for clinical and/or basic research and a Scholarly Oversight Committee will be developed. The fellow will have two months assigned solely to scholarly activity.

Year 2

In the second year, the fellow will have four months assigned to the inpatient service, two months in pediatric dialysis and two months in elective rotations and outpatient clinics. Fellow will begin in-depth assessments of specific areas of clinical nephrology and will further develop their teaching expertise. By this time, trainees should be in the midst of a research project, have abstract(s) ready for submission to a local regional or national meeting, and begin writing a formal report as a paper for publication. The second year of the program will have a total of four months dedicated to scholarly activity. This period of research will have a detailed timeline with periodic reviews with the corresponding mentor and SOC.

Year 3

In the third year, fellows will have four months of inpatient, on-call service, two months of dialysis and six months of dedicated scholarly activity. The fellow will complete their initial research, finish papers for publication and will be encouraged to submit a research grant for future funding. This period of research will have a detailed timeline with ongoing periodic reviews with the corresponding mentor and SOC.

Dialysis, Radiology & Renal Pathology Experience

During the dialysis rotation fellows will acquire longitudinal experience in the therapeutic modalities of outpatient hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis and how to manage the patients with End Stage Renal Disease. Acute dialysis, hemofiltration and transplant experience is obtained during the inpatient rotation and also at the transplant clinic located in the Miami Transplant Institute (MTI).

For radiology, fellows will develop expertise in the interpretation of imaging tests during the weekly Uro-Radiology Conferences where they are in charge of selecting cases, helping to collect images and reviewing them during and/or after the conference.

Each trainee will be exposed to issues of renal pathology by direct contact with the renal pathologists and will be taught the basic principles of this discipline. All fellows will be required to attend the monthly Pediatric Renal Biopsy Conference. Fellows will have an opportunity for a one-month elective in renal pathology.

Inpatient Experience

During the inpatient experience fellows are required to see and discuss evaluation and plan-of-care for each patient admitted to the renal service or consultations. This is usually done during the daily rounds, but, as necessary, may occur at any time of the day or night. Attending faculty are readily available to discuss complex or difficult patients and to develop recommendations.

Fellows carry the first-call beeper for all inpatient consultations and admissions of the patients being followed by the Division of Pediatric Nephrology. They are responsible for the evaluation and plan-of-care for these patients after proper discussion with the nephrology attending. All new admissions are placed under a pediatric house staff team and followed by the renal service on a daily basis. The attending in the pediatric nephrology service supervises the fellow and makes daily rounds seeing and examining each patient. Usually rounds are done twice daily (morning and afternoons), or as required depending on acute unstable patients in the pediatric or neonatal intensive care units. The pediatric nephrology trainee is responsible for rendering consults to other services such as the Pediatric Surgical Unit, PICU and Newborn Special Care Center. Fellows acquire experience in various procedures including, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring; Aquapheresis; bedside renal ultrasound; continuous renal replacement therapy; renal ultrasound and therapeutic plasma exchange.

Fellows may also be required to see patients in the emergency room in consultation at Holtz Children’s Hospital.

Outpatient Clinics Experience

Outpatient clinics are held in different locations, including UHealth hospital and clinic facilities. Fellows are responsible for starting the clinics on time and coordinating with the nurse liaison for each clinic. In addition, fellows are assigned continuity clinics and primary patients on a rotating basis during the periods in which they are not on the inpatient service. Still, when they cannot attend clinics, they remain involved in the follow-up of their patients through the discussion in the weekly outpatient review. After each patient is seen in clinic, the fellow writes their notes and discusses findings and the plan of care with the renal attending. Fellows are responsible for following all clinic laboratory results from patients seen in the corresponding clinic and implement plans of care discussed during the outpatient clinic review. Participation at the monthly transplant conference will teach the criteria of selection for transplant and management of complications post-renal transplant.

Teaching Experience

The fellow’s responsibility for teaching will include informal discussions with medical students and pediatric house officers. Medical students and medical house officers on elective in pediatric nephrology will work closely with the fellow during the four months that they are on the inpatient service. During the clinic rotation, the teaching of students and house officers will be done by the fellow, together with the renal attending. The fellows’ presentations will be reviewed prior to their delivery at a conference and there will be a critique of the conference provided by the pediatric nephrology faculty. A strong emphasis on developing teaching skills and the ability to communicate complex information will be the goal of this training program as these skills are particularly pertinent to the care of children with renal disorders. The trainee will be precepted by the renal attending in all areas of patient care; however, the level of responsibility in teaching and patient care will increase during each year of the training.

Research and Scholarly Activity

The scholarly activity and research component of the three-year fellowship is signatory to the program. Faculty and fellows participate jointly in developing projects that enhance the learning, safety and quality of pediatric nephrology care and promote clinical and translational research programs in pediatric renal disease that will contribute to ongoing treatment and drug discovery for pediatric kidney disease patients. Each of the pediatric nephrology faculty are involved with intramural and extramural projects that are open to participation by the fellows. Moreover, new and innovative projects are welcome and will be supported if they reach a satisfactory level of feasibility and competence. Quality improvement initiatives and case reports are used as introductory to a more focused publication initiative. From the beginning of the fellowship, the scholarly activity should be a primary focus of the entire experience.

Your Faculty

Carolyn L. Abitbol, MD
Director, Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program
Professor, Pediatrics

Jayanthi J. Chandar, MD
Director, Pediatric Renal Transplantation
Professor, Clinical Pediatrics

Marissa J. DeFreitas, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Pediatrics
Pediatric Nephrologist, Kidney Transplant Program

Chryso P. Katsoufis, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Pediatrics
Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program

Wacharee Seeherunvong, MD
Associate Director, Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program
Associate Professor, Clinical Pediatrics

Alumni Placements Include:

Children of Joy Pediatrics
Children’s Mercy
Drexel University College of Medicine
New York Medical College
St. Mary’s Medical Center
University of Illinois College of Medicine
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
University of Miami
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Alumni Placements Include:

Children of Joy Pediatrics
Children’s Mercy
Drexel University College of Medicine
New York Medical College
St. Mary’s Medical Center
University of Illinois College of Medicine
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
University of Miami
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Wake Forest School of Medicine