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Nephrology & Renal Research

 Nephrology & Renal Research Fellowship Program


I. Duration of fellowship:

- 3 years.

- The program begins on January 1 and ends on December 31 of the second year.

II: Fellow Appointment:

2. Eligibility Criteria:

Fellows must have completed an internal medicine training program accredited by SCFHS/KSU.

 The following documents are required:

•        KSU Fellowship Application

•        Updated Curriculum Vitae

•      Three letters of recommendation

2.   Number of Fellows:

Maximum of 4 fellows are appointed each year.

III. Program Structure:




4 months

Peritoneal Dialysis

3 months

Inpatients Nephrology

3 months


6 months


4 months

Renal pathology

1 month


1 month


11 months


3 months


36 Months


IV. Educational Program:

  1. Curriculum:

General description and educational purpose of the King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University Renal Fellowship Training Program

It is the goal of the Nephrology Fellowship at King Saud University that fellows completing this program should be competent nephrologists at the end of their training. Fellows who enter this training program have completed an internal medicine residency. The fellows participate in clinical rotations for two years. The program provides an opportunity to pursue advanced training in clinical nephrology and to undertake training in basic science or clinical research for one year. The program is designed for trainees who wish to receive outstanding educational training in order to pursue a career in academic medicine (basic science, clinical research, or clinical education) or private practice.

Detailed descriptions including goals and objectives are provided for each clinical rotation in the following pages. The goals and objectives within each of these rotations are designed to meet the 6 general competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, practice based learning, and systems based practice.



  1. These goals and objectives of the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program can be globally summarized as follows:
  2. The trainee will acquire the clinical skills and knowledge base required to become a competent and comprehensive nephrologist.
  3. The trainee will become a compassionate and ethical physician. During thefellowship,
  4. the trainee will participate in safe, effective, and compassionate patient care under supervision from the teaching staff.
  5. The trainee will participate fully in the educational activities of the program.
  6. The trainee will also assume responsibility for teaching and supervising other residents and students who may be rotating on the various services.
  7. The trainee will adhere to established practices, procedures and policies of the
  8. The trainee will participate in institutional committees and councils as they relate to patient care activities. This may take the form of care plan meetings or quality assurance meetings that are part of individual rotations.
  9. The trainee will learn the economic fundamentals of health care as it pertains to nephrology and learn to utilize health resources efficiently.
  10. The program will encourage the development of a well-rounded and healthy self- concept that enables one to be an effective physician without neglecting personal or family needs.
  11. In addition to achievement of individual rotation objectives, satisfactory completion of the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program is contingent on fulfillment of the following expectations:
  12. The trainee must attend ≥85% of the teaching activities, including didactic lectures, case presentations, morbidity/mortality conferences.
  13. The trainee should complete ≥15 of the each of the following procedures prior to fellowship completion:
    • a) Native kidney biopsy
    • b) Allograft kidney biopsy
    • c) Central venous catheter, internal jugular
    • d) Central venous catheter, femoral
  14. The trainee should manage ≥10 patients during their hospitalizations for new renal transplantation.
  15. The trainee must attend ≥75% of the multidisciplinary care plan meeting and the CQI (continuous quality improvement) meetings during his/her peritoneal dialysis rotations for participation in patient safety activities.
  16. The trainee must present Case Conference when assigned to do so, which will be at least once per academic year.
  17. The trainee must present and Morbidity/Mortality Conference when asked to do so, which will be at least once per academic year.
  18. Fellows must give one Renal Grand Rounds presentation during the second year of training.
  19. Fellows must present at Research Conference when asked to do so, which will be at least once during fellowship.
  20.  All trainees o, must display evidence of scholarly pursuit during the fellowship. This can take the form of any of the following: peer reviewed funding award, publication of original research in a peer-reviewed journal, acceptance of a review article or chapter in a textbook, or publication or presentation of case reports, abstracts, or clinical series in a journal or at a specialty society meeting.



Candidates passing the final board examination are awarded a Specialty Certificate, “King Saud University Nephrology & Research Fellowship”.


Last updated on : January 12, 2023 3:19am