Fellowships

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The UBC Division of Nephrology has an active and diverse set of fellowship programs, most of which take place at Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health sites. Some of these fellowships are done in partnership with other health entities, such as BC Renal. Please review UBC PGME and CPSBC for eligibility.

Advanced Clinical Nephrology Program

This program is open to individuals who have completed core nephrology training in an accredited program, and who seek additional exposure to academic and tertiary care skill acquisition. This program is accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Royal College organizations, and thus has been highly subscribed to by individuals from those countries.

Number of Positions: 2+ each year
Duration:
 1 year (starting Jan 2 or July 1 with flexibility) 
Application deadline: September 1 for next year start date
Location: Vancouver General HospitalSt Paul’s Hospital
Salary & Benefits: $75 000 per annum + benefits

The Division of Nephrology, University of British Columbia is pleased to offer the Advanced Training in Nephrology Clinical Program.

This is a post-certification program, and is open to those who have completed at least 2 years of nephrology in an accredited training program. A certificate from UBC Division of Nephrology will be issued upon completion of the 12 month program.

The Division of Nephrology at UBC has a unique model of integrated care for patients within the greater Vancouver area, and an outreach program to remote communities in BC and Whitehorse. The clinical care of renal patients in BC is administered within a provincial network of services, under the direction of the BC Provincial Renal Agency.  Provincial leadership for Transplantation, Home Based Therapies (both Home Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis), Extracorporeal Therapies and Vascular Access, and Chronic Kidney Disease and Complex Care Models reside within the Division.

The fellowship position gives opportunities to gain expertise in different aspects of nephrology including Home Dialysis Therapies, Renal Transplantation, Intensive Care Nephrology, Fluid-electrolyte issues and Acute and Chronic Renal Replacement Therapies. The successful candidates to this application will identify specific areas of interest, and a 12 month curriculum will be developed to meet the expectations of the fellowship. In addition to the identified area of specialty the fellows are expected to rotate through different services throughout to enrich their knowledge and advance their clinical skills broadly.

Fellows are expected to attend and participate in all the divisional academic activities; Nephrology Lunch Rounds, Provincial Nephrology Grand Rounds, Biopsy Rounds, Journal Clubs. Presentations and participation at academic half days, and participation in educational, quality improvement or formal research projects is expected, under guidance of one or more staff members.

College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC English Language Requirement for Registration

The College has considered in the interest of patient care, any candidate applying for licensure in British Columbia must have the ability to speak, read, and write, English. If the language of primary medical education and patient care was not in English the successful completion of IELTS Academic examination is required (waiver will not be granted).

  • Minimum score of 7 in each component
  • Test Report Form (TFR) is valid for a period of two years from date taken

Application Process

Application deadline is September 1st for a start the following year.

The application should include curriculum vitae and the contact details for three referees.

Applicants should apply to Maeve Lalor, UBC Division & Programs Administrator: Maeve Lalor

We are offering a choice between two starting dates: March 1 or July 1, 2025.

Transplant Nephrology Clinical Fellowship

UBC offers a one-year transplantation fellowship that covers all aspects of care related to kidney transplantation. This includes pre-, peri-, and post-transplant medical care, organ donation processes, and laboratory experience related to transplant immunology. This fellowship is accredited by the AST/ASN.

Number of Positions: 4 each year
Duration:
 1 year
Start Date: July 1
Application deadline: September 1 for next year start date
Location: Vancouver General HospitalSt Paul’s Hospital
Salary & Benefits: $75 000 per annum + benefits

This is a one year Clinical Fellowship accredited by the American Society of Transplantation under the direction of Dr. Olwyn Johnston. UBC has an active kidney, kidney/pancreas program performing more than 300 transplants per year at two sites. The fellowship involves all aspects of pre-, peri-, and post-transplant medical care. It also includes donor evaluation, donor acceptance, patient wait-list management, and all medical aspects of care. The fellowship offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary clinical training including dedicated blocks to transplant infectious disease and transplant immunology laboratory experience.

Application Process

Application deadline is September 1st for a start the following year – July 1 2025.

Qualified applicants must have completed Nephrology training and be eligible for an educational license in British Columbia.

The application should include curriculum vitae and the contact details for two referees.

Applicants should apply to Maeve Lalor, UBC Division & Programs Administrator: Maeve Lalor

Home Therapies Fellowship

Through this one-year program, fellows gain exposure to clinical, administrative and evaluation experiences related to home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. The Home Dialysis Fellowship is offered in partnership with, and funding from, BC Renal.

Number of Positions: 2 each year
Duration:
 1 year (starting Jan 2 or July 1 with flexibility) 
Application deadline: September 1 for next year start date
Location: Vancouver General HospitalSt Paul’s Hospital, and across BC 
Salary & Benefits: $75 000 per annum + benefits

The Home Dialysis Fellowship is a 12-month program offered in collaboration by BC Renal and UBC’s Division of Nephrology.

Home-based dialysis is an important means for improving the quality of life of dialysis patients, and there is a growing recognition that expertise in home-based therapies requires more intensive exposure than may be obtained during a general nephrology fellowship. 

Details

The Home Dialysis Fellowship helps successful applications develop expertise in the delivery of home-based therapies (peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis) through extended exposure to clinical, administrative, and leadership activities. The program aims to help successful applicants advance their knowledge, as well as communication, administration, managerial, collaborative, professional and scholarly skills. It also involves extensive training in home therapy program development, implementation, management, evaluation, and resource allocation. 

Eligibility

  • Completed at least 24 months of nephrology training in an accredited training program (or, under special circumstances, those who have completed 12 months may apply with the approval of the Residency program supervisory and the Home Dialysis Special Fellowship Training Director)
  • Graduated from medical school within 10 years of starting this fellowship 
  • Preference given to applicants who are enrolled in the Master’s of Health Administration program.
  • Can speak, read, and write in English to fulfill the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC English Language Requirement. If the applicant’s language of primary medical education and patient care was not in English, the successful completion of IELTS Academic examination is required.
  • Minimum score of 7 in each component
  • Test Report Form (TFR) is valid for a period of two years from date taken

More information on the Home Dialysis Fellowship (pdf)

How to apply

Applicants for starts in 2025 should complete the application form and attach their letter of intent (include proposed start date), CV, and three references. 

Glomerulonephritis (GN) Fellowship

This two-year fellowship aims to help successful applicants gain more exposure to glomerulonephritis (GN), and develop clinical and scholarly expertise to improve the ability to diagnose and treat glomerular diseases.  This Fellowship is offered in partnership with, and funding from, BC Renal.

Number of Positions: TBD
Duration:
 2 years 
Start date: July 1 (flexible) 
Application deadline: September 1 for next year start date 
Location: Vancouver General Hospital & St Paul’s Hospital 
Salary & Benefits:  $75 000 per annum + benefits

This is a two-year combined clinical, health administration and research fellowship offered in partnership through UBC. During the fellowship, the successful applicant is required to be enrolled in a Master’s or PhD degree program relevant to their area of research interest (which can be deferred for applicants with a previous comparable degree and research training with approval of the GN fellowship director). The clinical training may be combined with formal graduate coursework leading to Masters or Doctoral degrees in Experimental Medicine, Health Care and Epidemiology or related disciplines through the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Details

There is growing recognition that the management of glomerulonephritis (GN) requires specialized training, and that expertise in the management of GN requires more intensive exposure than what is typically provided during the general nephrology 2-year residency training program. The GN Fellowship therefore aims to help successful applicants: 

  • Develop expertise in the clinical diagnosis and management of glomerular diseases, including in the context of pregnancy
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of nephropathology related to glomerular diseases
  • Gain an understanding and experience in the administration of health services related to glomerular diseases; the development, implementation and evaluation of GN health programs; and in resource allocation in GN-related healthcare
  • Gain the necessary education, training and experience in research methodology, manuscript preparation and publication, and grant development to ensure successful transition to a career as independent researcher of glomerular diseases

The fellowship also includes the following GN-specific learning opportunities:

  • Twice-weekly GN clinics
  • Pregnancy nephrology clinic
  • Lupus clinic (in collaboration with rheumatologists)
  • Vasculitis clinic (in collaboration with rheumatologists)
  • Pathology rotations (in collaboration with the UBC Department of Pathology)
  • Participation in a Masters or Doctoral degree program at UBC, as outlined above. 

Fellows are expected to attend all biopsy rounds, province-wide nephrology rounds, and BC GN Committee meetings, and present GN-related topics at academic half days, UBC Division of Nephrology province-wide rounds, and other educational rounds.

Eligibility 

  • Has completed 24 months of training in an accredited nephrology program (or equivalent with approval of the GN fellowship director)
  • Concurrent registration in a relevant Master’s or PhD program is mandatory during the fellowship but not required at the time of application (for applicants with pre-existing Master’s or PhD research training, this requirement can be deferred with approval of the GN fellowship director).  
  • Graduation from medical school within 10 years of starting this fellowship
  • Can speak, read, and write in English to fulfill the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC English Language Requirement. If the applicant’s language of primary medical education and patient care was not in English, the successful completion of IELTS Academic examination is required.
  • Minimum score of 7 in each component
  • Test Report Form (TFR) is valid for a period of two years from date taken

How to apply  

Applicants for starts in 2025 should complete the application link and attach their letter of intent (include proposed start date), CV, and three references. 

Palliative Care Fellowship

Palliative care is a critical aspect of care for patients with kidney failure, highlighting the need for more experts to be knowledgeable in this area. Over the course of one-year, this program exposes fellows to different aspects of palliative care, in different locations across the BC Lower Mainland. Fellowship is offered in partnership with, and funding from, BC Renal.

Number of Positions: One Fellow available every 2 years
Duration:
 12 months 
Start date: July 1  
Application deadline: September 1 for next year start date
Location: Vancouver General HospitalSt Paul’s Hospital
Salary & Benefits: $75 000 per annum + benefits

Details

Palliative care is vitally important in the spectrum of integrated patient care and there is growing

recognition that those impacted by chronic kidney disease increasingly require the delivery of a Palliative approach to care. The Palliative Care Nephrology Advanced Fellowship Training Program is a 12-month program, offered in collaboration with BC Renal and the UBC Divisions of Nephrology and Palliative Care,  that focuses on the intersection of nephrology and palliative care. 

Given the long relationship that Nephrologists have with the Chronic Kidney disease patient group, there is a need to integrate end of life and symptom management into Nephrology training. This dedicated fellowship supports the development of skills and expertise in conservative care, end of life discussions, decisions and treatment plans.

Program Goals

  • To develop expertise in the clinical management of symptoms, conservative care in the context of all patients with CKD irrespective of modality (non dialysis, dialysis or transplant)
  • To develop knowledge of palliative care methodologies and frameworks applicable to the CKD patient care
  • To develop an in-depth knowledge of biology and pharmacology related to symptom management in CKD
  • To gain an understanding and experience in the administration of provincial health services within the context of BC Renal and Health authorities nephrology services and Palliative care resources
  • To gain experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of integrated Palliative care programs; and in resource allocation
  • To gain experience in development and implementation of educational programs, tailored for nephrology staff
  • To gain experience in evaluation of program evaluation and quality metrics

How to apply  

Applicants for starts in 2025 should complete the application link and attach their letter of intent (include proposed start date), CV, and three references. 

Research Scholarship

This two-year program focuses primarily on expanding the fellow’s experience in research in kidney diseases through participating in research projects, developing research protocols and analysis plans, preparing manuscripts, and developing and preparing grants.  This Fellowship is offered in partnership with, and funding from, BC Renal.

Number of Positions: One Fellow available every 2 years
Duration:
 2 years 
Start date: July 1 (Flexible)  
Application deadline: September 1 for next year start date
Location: Flexible within BC
Salary & Benefits: $75 000 per annum +benefits

Details

The Research Scholarship Fellowship focuses primarily on expanding the individual’s experience in research in kidney diseases. This includes participating in research projects, developing research protocols and analysis plans, preparing manuscripts, and developing and preparing grants. Research can be done within any of the ongoing domains of active research at the BC Kidney Research Unit, including chronic kidney disease, end-stage kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, kidney transplantation, immunology, and renal pathology. The types of research can include observational analysis, prediction modeling, clinical trials, health services analysis, and biomarker and translational studies.  

The Scholar will engage in research projects through collaborative work with a combination of BC Renal Core Committees and principal investigators within the UBC Division of Nephrology.  The Scholar will be invited to participate in the activities of at least one of the Core Committees through BC Renal to gain exposure to the health services and health policy implications from their research work.  Although there are no official clinical or call requirements for the scholarship, clinical work may be undertaken up to 20% of time, depending on the status of the individual (licensed to practice within BC vs non-licensed). 

Scholars are expected to attend all educational rounds, research rounds/meetings, hospital academic rounds, and BC Renal province-wide nephrology rounds, and to participate in BC Kidney Days.

Eligibility 

  • Completion of 24 months of training in an accredited nephrology program. Open to allied health providers who have completed an accredited training in nephrology related discipline programs (e.g. pharmacy, nutrition, social work, nursing).
  • Completion of a Master’s or PhD in clinical epidemiology, statistics, or a relevant field,or equivalent; or intention to enrol in courses.
  • Completion of research training with a proven record of scholarly academic research achievement and peer-reviewed publications.
  • If the applicant is a physician and intends on doing clinical work during the fellowship, then they will also need to meet the English Language requirements as below, and have graduated from medical school within 10 years of starting the fellowship. This clinical work would consume no more than 20% of time. 

Can speak, read, and write in English to fulfill the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC English Language Requirement. If the applicant’s language of primary medical education and patient care was not in English, the successful completion of IELTS Academic examination is required.

  • Minimum score of 7 in each component
  • Test Report Form (TFR) is valid for a period of two years from date taken

More information on the Research Scholar Fellowship (pdf)

How to apply  

Applicants for starts in 2025 should complete the application link and attach their letter of intent (include proposed start date), CV, and three references.

Administrative Fellowship

This two-year program offered by BC Renal aims to provide nephrologists/allied health professionals with the opportunity to learn about the administrative aspects of healthcare delivery through exposure to BC Renal operations and strategic initiatives, while completing a UBC Master of Health Administration or equivalence (e.g., Master’s in quality and safety, health economics, organizational theory). This fellowship is offered in partnership with, and funding from, BC Renal.

Number of Positions: TBD -Based on applicant’s commitment in pursuing administrative work as a career goal.
Duration:
 2 years 
Start date: Flexible  
Application deadline: Ongoing – require a letter of admission for the application. 
Location: Within British Columbia  
Salary & Benefits:  $75,000 per annum +benefit and assistance with tuition

This two-year fellowship provides nephrologists/allied health professionals with the opportunity to learn about the administrative aspects of healthcare delivery through exposure to BC Renal operations and strategic initiatives, while completing the UBC Master of Health Administration or equivalence (e.g., Master’s in quality and safety, health economics, organizational theory). 

NOTE

This fellowship program will be offered based on the commitment of the candidate in pursuing administrative work as a career goal. It is not offered every year.

Eligibility

  • Practicing nephrologist or allied health providers who have completed an accredited training in nephrology related discipline programs (e.g. pharmacy, nutrition, social work, nursing).
  • Enrolled in the UBC Master of Health Administration or equivalent (e.g., Master’s in quality and safety, health economics, organizational theory). 

How to apply

Applicants should complete the application link and attach their letter of intent (include proposed start date), proof of admission letter, CV, and three references.