Nephrology Fellowship

Our renal division is rated as one of the premier programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The Nephrology Fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is two-year program with diverse training in all aspects of kidney disease, including transplant nephrology, hypertension, inpatient care and outpatient dialysis.

Our location offers 134 critical care beds, and we have active CRRT and ECMO programs. The faculty includes national experts in acid-base electrolyte disorders and critical care nephrology. They are contributors to UpToDate and The Primer on Kidney Disease as well as numerous textbooks.

Our Renal Pathology Division is led by Joseph Zhou, MD the editor of the leading textbook in renal pathology.

Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute provides a unique opportunity for fellows to gain exposure to renal transplantation. Since the inception of the institute, Baylor University Medical Center has performed more than 3,800 kidney transplants. In more than 100 liver transplants are performed each year.

We accept two fellows per year


The renal fellowship program is based at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, which is an approximately 1000 bed quaternary care center that handles a diverse population of patients from the commonplace to the esoteric. The fellowship was started in 2006 with 3 fellows. The fellowship provides an opportunity to experience all areas of nephrology, including general nephrology consults, dialysis, hypertension, and transplantation as well as clinical research activities. The fellowship is for a 2-year duration. In the first year the fellow focuses on clinical activities including general nephrology consults, training in dialysis (including CRRT, intermittent hemodialysis, CAPD and CCPD) and both inpatient and outpatient care of the renal transplant patient.. The second year gives the fellow more research exposure as well as elective rotations. The fellow is taught to be proficient in performing native and transplant kidney biopsies and insertion of temporary dialysis catheters Electives include critical care, renal imaging, interventional radiology and renal pathology at ProPath our nationally acclaimed renal pathology laboratory. The fellows are expected to perform clinical research activities and there are very active research protocols on campus. Throughout the year the fellows attend 4 weekly conferences: renal noon conference, All fellows have a ½ day continuity clinic in which they are responsible for the care of patients with chronic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, renal stone disease and electrolyte disorders. In addition the fellows are assigned a dialysis shift where they learn the intricacies of care of the patients with end-stage renal disease.

The Nephrology Division has 14 active faculty staff members with vast experience in providing up-to-date training in the diagnosis and management of patients with renal disease, acid-base electrolyte disorders, complicated hypertension and renal replacement therapies.

Our fellows continue to excel. In the last 10 years we have had a 100% ABIM board passage rate and over the last 3 years our fellows have scored in the top 10% in the Nephrology In-Training Examination. Unlike most other programs where the fellows carry services of 20 to 25 patients we keep the numbers under 15. This allows the fellows to concentrate on their education as opposed to providing service. Because of their excellence almost all the graduating fellows obtain their first choice in employment.

Fellows participate in rotations including:

  • Inpatient consult service
  • Transplant service
  • Dialysis
  • Research

Fellows have call one day a week and one weekend a month. The average caseload depends on the rotation, but fellows are usually given interesting cases with the main objective being to further their education.

Electives offered include:

  • Renal pathology
  • Renal imaging
  • Outpatient Transplant 
  • Interventional nephrology
  • Critical care

Fellows are required to attend routine conferences, including:

  • Renal conference
  • Pathology conference
  • Chiefs conference
  • Journal club

Baylor Scott & White Research Institute conducts numerous clinical trials in kidney transplant, acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease. In addition, fellows are assigned an outpatient continuity clinic and a dialysis shift, and they are encouraged to develop their own projects. Our program is active in participating in clinical research programs. Several clinical research protocols are available and active, including new immunosuppressive medications as well as studies including post-transplant complications and outcome. There are several NIH sponsored trials on campus as well. The fellow is also trained in the basics of how to perform clinical research and is encouraged to publish manuscripts as well as present abstracts at national and international meetings.

  • Fellow presenting Poster at ASN

  • Fellows' graduation dinner

  • Dr. Szerlip receiving recognition as Program Chair 2019 NKF National Meeting

  • Fellow presenting poster at NKF meeting

  • Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Baylor University Medical Center, Graduate Medical Education (GME) is committed to advancing and passionately promoting a training environment where all feel welcomed and valued.
    A culture of inclusion encourages innovation, and is a catalyst for building dynamic teams that serve our communities.

How to Apply

To apply for the Baylor Dallas Nephrology Fellowship, register with National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and file your application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Include your NRMP registration number on the application with all other documentation.

Application Requirements

Eligible applicants must also submit:

  • Personal statement
  • Photo
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from the chief of internal medicine at your current program
  • USMLE/COMLEX transcripts

Learn more about Baylor Scott & White's housestaff appointment eligibility, including guidelines for international medical graduates.

Contact Us

Taylor Anne Shafer
Phone: 214.820.2234
Fax: 214.820.7272

Verification Requests: BUMCGMEVerifications@BSWHealth.org

Nephrology Fellowship
Baylor University Medical Center
3500 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246

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Compensation and Benefits

In addition to competitive stipends, we offer our fellows a full menu of employee benefits. We help offset the cost of many of these benefits; others are options you can choose to pay for yourself.

Life in Dallas

Dallas provides access to metropolitan entertainment and culture while maintaining the lowest cost of living among the top 10 largest U.S. cities.

Why Baylor Scott & White

As the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States, Baylor Scott & White Health includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians and more than 40,000 employees.

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