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Welcome to Geisinger's Nephrology Fellowship. Our two-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited program is committed to the highest fellow education standards to prepare you for clinical and academic careers. We are approved for six positions, accepting three fellows per year for the fellowship. Education in the four disciplines of our subspecialty – clinical nephrology, transplantation, dialysis and research – serve as the foundations of our program.

We are privileged to have a dedicated and skilled support network of faculty and educators to provide an excellent training environment for our fellows. Our program’s passing rate on the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Nephrology Board Examination has been above national average.

Our main campus in Danville, Pa., hosts a large, tertiary-care center located in scenic central Pennsylvania. A large referral base and state-of-the-art facilities provide our nephrology fellows with a great environment and resources to learn and practice the art of clinical nephrology. Our group cares for more than 600 dialysis patients in more than nine dialysis units. We also have robust peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis programs as well as a vibrant and growing renal transplant program. Fellows are actively engaged in all renal replacement modalities and participate in research and quality improvement projects.

As Geisinger is an Accountable Care Organization, population health management is a major priority. Nephrology fellows are immersed in an interdisciplinary team approach to population health management, and actively participate in quality improvement meetings, anemia management in chronic kidney disease and hypertension management. Teamwork and communication skills are coached and fostered by our engaging and skilled faculty.

The Nephrology Department is home to the Kidney Health Research Institute (KHRI) which is dedicated to decreasing the burden of kidney disease through a clinic-based, patient-oriented research program leveraging the unique assets of the health system. Currently active externally funded projects are aimed at redesigning chronic kidney disease (CKD) care, understanding renal function assessment in morbidly obese individuals undergoing bariatric surgery, and various epidemiological studies leveraging the robust electronic clinical database and electronic health records we have at Geisinger.

I invite you to review our website for further information regarding our curriculum, along with application information. We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). We sponsor H1B Visas.

I wish you all the best in the upcoming application cycle.

- Ion D Bucaloiu, MD, FACP, FASN
Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship


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