How to Apply for the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program

The Nephrology fellowship program is currently accepting applications for 2020-22 fellows.

To apply, please release your application in ERAS or send it via e-mail to Dr. Sarah Elfering, Program Director or Sarah Sexton, Program Coordinator for immediate review.

Please note that all candidates must have completed a U.S., ACGME-accredited, Internal Medicine Residency program.

Application Process

Visa Policy

Visa Sponsorship: The J-1 alien physician visa sponsored by ECFMG is the preferred visa status for foreign national trainees in all UMN graduate medical education programs. More information on the J-1 visa can be found on the UMN-GME web page. H-1 visas may be considered for exceptionally qualified applicants.


Selection Criteria for UM Nephrology Fellowship

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have:

  • Completed or anticipate completion of an ACGME-accredited (U.S.) Internal Medicine or combined medicine residency program prior to fellowship
  • Passed USMLE Steps 1, 2 CK, 2 CS, and 3
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident status, or a J-1 visa. (H-1 visas will be considered).

Eligible applicants are assessed according to the following criteria and information sources:

  • Prior clinical and research experience
  • Evidence of academic interest, productivity, and potential
  • Excellent letters of recommendation, including from Nephrology specialists and residency program director
  • Excellent academic and clinical performance, including USMLE scores
  • Quality of personal statement
  • "Fit" with our program (according to professional objectives and geographical/socio-cultural factors)
  • Impressions of faculty members who know the applicant

Interviewees are assessed for their:

  • Maturity, demeanor, and character
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Insight and level of sophistication regarding career plans
  • Depth of commitment to an academic Nephrology career
  • Desired mix of clinical, teaching, and research in future career position
  • Research background and interest area(s)
  • Preference for laboratory, clinical, epidemiological, or public health research
  • Likelihood of success in Nephrology

Members of underrepresented backgrounds in medicine minority groups are encouraged to apply.

 Visa information:

  • J-1 visas: We accept J-1 visas, but only limited funding support options are available ("Clinician-Scholar" track required).
  • H-1 visas: The Medical School at the University of Minnesota discourages residency and fellowship applications from individuals holding H-1 visas because all of our residents and fellows are students, not employees. We will consider H-1 visa holders, but approval is required from the University's GME office.

Invitations to interview and rankings for the match are decided by the Fellowship Director, in conjunction with the Fellowship Committee.

Two clinical positions are offered each year.


Visit ERAS to submit a fellowship application. The ERAS application must include the following items.

  • Personal statement that includes your background, education and experience, long-term goals, and areas of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (one of which should be from the director of your residency program)
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE Transcript
  • ECFMG Certificate for foreign medical graduates

2019 NRMP Match Dates for Nephrology

Program begins Application Review: July 15, 2019
Match Opens: August 28, 2019
Application Deadline: September 30, 2019
Ranking Order Deadline: November 20, 2019
Match Day: December 4, 2019

Invitations for interview will be offered through ERAS.

Interview Dates

Interviews are scheduled from late August through early October. For 2019, these dates are:

  • Thursday, August 29
  • Saturday, September 14
  • Monday, September 16
  • Thursday, September 19
  • Thursday, September 26
  • Thursday, October 3
  • Saturday, October 5