General Nephrology Fellowship

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The division supports an active transplant program that performs over 150 kidney transplants each year. Fellows participate fully in the inpatient and outpatient post-operative management of the transplanted patient. An extremely active and varied outpatient experience is included as part of the clinical training program. This experience includes participation in clinics at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Shands Hospital.

Following the first year of training, extensive experience in clinical investigation is offered in several disciplines, including transplantation, dialysis, hypertension and general clinical nephrology. Current clinical research projects include treatment of transplant rejection, development of new techniques for mass clearance adsorption in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, and investigation of the nutritional requirements of dialysis patients.

In addition, the University of Florida is participating in a multicenter clinical trial, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, to determine the optimum anti-hypertensive drug regimen to slow the progression of renal failure in African-Americans with hypertensive nephrosclerosis. The hemodialysis program provides fellows with the opportunity to manage acute renal failure using a variety of techniques including hemodialysis, hemofiltration, peritoneal dialysis, CAVH, CAVHD, CVVH and CVVH-D.

A large outpatient hemodialysis population provides practical experience in the management of patients with end-stage renal disease requiring dialysis. A chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis program provides additional experience in the treatment of end-stage renal disease.