Photo of Nabeel Aslam, M.D., and a Mayo Clinic trainee

Clinical training

The large volume and broad range of patients seen by Mayo Clinic nephrologists ensure an optimal clinical experience. Nephrology outpatient clinics and hospital services at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, are very active and are supported by state-of-the-art clinical laboratories devoted to renal function testing and renal pathology.

Rotation schedule

During each clinical rotation, you work one-on-one with the supervising staff consultant. Rotation blocks are typically one to two months long.

Year 1

  • Ambulatory clinic
  • Inpatient nephrology
  • Outpatient dialysis
  • Renal pathology
  • Elective rotation: hypertension lab or renal imaging
  • Research
  • Transplant nephrology
  • Continuity clinic: general nephrology and transplant nephrology

Year 2

  • Ambulatory clinic
  • Inpatient nephrology
  • Research
  • Transplant nephrology
  • Continuity clinic: general nephrology and transplant nephrology
  • Continuity dialysis rounds

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of the Nephrology Fellowship.

During your training, you attend:

  • Core curriculum lecture series (once a week)
  • Clinical conference (once a week), including Nephrology Grand Rounds (three each month) and biopsy conference (once a month)
  • Journal club (once a month)
  • Research conference (once a month)
  • Transplant morbidity and mortality (once a month)
  • Dialysis vascular access (once a month)
  • Physiology study circle (twice a month)
  • Simulation Center training

Fellows present once a month during the nephrology clinical conference. Fellows also present an article at the nephrology journal club once a month.

Research training

During the fellowship, each fellow is required to identify an area of research interest and complete a research project. Fellows present a research lecture before and after completion of their research project.

All fellows must complete at least one scholarly project suitable for publication or presentation at a national meeting. The Division of Nephrology & Hypertension at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida provides scholarship opportunities in ongoing National Institutes of Health-funded research projects, pharmaceutical trials, databases, population registries and clinical trials.

In addition, fellows spend one month during the first year and five months during the second year on a research block, mentored by a faculty nephrologist. Fellows learn the main research components of the curriculum, including standards of ethical conduct of research, design and interpretation of research studies, responsible use of informed consent, research methodology, and interpretation of data.

Call frequency

Nephrology fellows do not have in-house call. You are assigned to home call once every four days. Fellows are required to come into the hospital to evaluate only emergent consults while on home call. During home call, a supervising attending physician is available at all times to provide backup support.

Teaching opportunities

During hospital rotations, fellows supervise and teach internal medicine residents and medical students.

Simulation Center

The Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center transforms clinical medical education by helping educators to develop, implement and evaluate experiential curricula that advance patient care. Simulation-based medical education provides a controlled environment that imitates a real-life patient care setting. In a simulated situation, learners master skills without putting patients at risk.

Nephrology fellows conduct kidney biopsies, dialysis catheter placement and other procedures in the simulation center.

Dialysis Center

The Mayo Clinic Dialysis Center provides state-of-the-art dialysis services to Mayo Clinic patients in a comfortable, home-like facility. The unique design of the unit optimizes the staff's ability to observe patients while preserving the quietness and feeling of being in a private room.

The facility design, along with state-of-the-art equipment featuring real-time, online monitoring, allows staff to observe a person's treatment progress throughout his or her dialysis treatment. The fellows provide longitudinal care to their own panel of dialysis patients.


Fellows are required to attend all the core curriculum lectures, clinical conferences, journal clubs, and morbidity and mortality conferences. During the fellowship, nephrology fellows may attend the National Kidney Foundation annual meeting and the American Society of Nephrology annual meeting. Fellows are encouraged to present their research during these conferences.

Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education recognizes the importance of trainee participation in professional activities away from Mayo Clinic. Such participation develops the individual's professional competence, broadens knowledge, enhances the individual's and Mayo Clinic's reputation, strengthens recruitment, and introduces the trainees to professional groups.

Trips for presentation of work or research done at Mayo Clinic are sponsored by Mayo Clinic. In addition, trainees are eligible for one trip during the course of their training program for attendance at a recognized society meeting, elective course or workshop with Category 1 CME credit. Attendance trips are intended to introduce trainees to national experts and evolving concepts and technology at national society meetings, as well as provide an opportunity to network and make contacts outside the institution.


Fellows are evaluated at the completion of each rotation. Evaluations assess competence in:

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based practice
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills

At least twice a year, the program director meets with each fellow to review evaluations and discuss professional growth. In addition, allied health staff and residents are asked to evaluate fellows' performance periodically.

Fellows are able to view their evaluations electronically. Final cumulative evaluations are completed upon completion of the program.

March 14, 2016