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Fellowship Program

Welcome to UCI's Nephrology Fellowship website!

The Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation’s highly competitive fellowship offers motivated trainees extensive clinical experience with an academic emphasis, in Southern California's beautiful Orange County. 

Our two-year-program gives fellows the opportunity to observe and manage patients with a wide variety of kidney-related diseases on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The program, which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), also includes didactic education and research experience.   Fellows learn to assume continuing responsibility for the care of acute and chronically ill patients as part of learning about the natural history of renal diseases and the effectiveness of therapeutic programs.  Our active kidney transplant center provides trainees with on-site educational opportunities in the field of kidney transplantation.

Graduates of our training program are well prepared for careers in either clinical practice or academic nephrology. Recent graduates have considered job offers both locally in LA, Orange, and Riverside counties, and in many other locales throughout the country.   

We invite you to view the following informational video via Vimeo and peruse the tabs below to learn more about our fellowship experience.  Feel free to contact us through our coordinator, Jillian Meltebarger, if you have any further questions about our program.  All of us in the Division of Nephrology, Hypertension & Kidney Transplantation look forward to reviewing your application.

Clinical Activities »

Most clinical, didactic and research experiences occur at UCI Douglas Hospital at UCI Medical Center in Orange and at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System.

Both centers have state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment modalities and offer all forms of dialysis in-house, including chronic peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis and continuous renal replacement therapies. Both serve multi-ethnic patient populations with a wide range of medical disorders.
Fellows provide renal consultations for patients admitted to any of the hospitals' clinical services. They also provide ambulatory patient services at outpatient clinics for chronic hemodialysis and chronic kidney disease at both medical centers.

UCI Medical Center also offers chronic peritoneal dialysis services as well as kidney and pancreas transplantation.

Research Activities »

The Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation maintains basic science and clinical research laboratories on the university's Irvine campus; at the City Tower by the UCI Medical Center in Orange; and at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System in Long Beach.

During the two-year training program, fellows are expected to dedicate three months to active participation in research.

Given the diverse research interests of our faculty members, fellows are able to choose from a wide range of exciting research experiences.

Educational Activities »

The Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation has weekly educational activities that are designed to encourage participation by faculty, fellows and community physicians.

To maximize the opportunity for faculty and fellows to regularly participate in scheduled conferences, Monday afternoons are designed around educational activities, including clinical and basic science seminars about the pathophysiology of renal disorders.

Teaching conferences are as follows:


  • Mondays, Nephrology Grand Rounds and Practice-Based Learning and Improvement Conference (alternates between UCI Medical Center and the VA in Long Beach)
  • Tuesdays, Research Seminar (VA)
  • Tuesdays, Department of Medicine Grand Rounds (UCI Medical Center)
  • Wednesdays, Journal Club/Research Conference/Basic Science Lecture (UCI Medical Center)
  • Fridays, Journal Club (VA)


  • Wednesday, Renal Biopsy Conference (UCI Medical Center)
  • Dialysis Quality Assessment & Program Improvement (UCI Medical Center)

For more information on upcoming conferences, contact fellowship coordinator Jillian Meltebarger.

General Information »

Fellows receive:

  • An annual salary at their PGY scale
  • Three weeks of vacation plus one week of educational leave a year
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance plans designed to meet the needs of the fellows and their families
  • $50,000 life insurance
  • $50,000 accidental death insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Professional liability coverage
  • Annual educational allowance to attend conferences or purchase educational materials
Eligibility Requirements »

Fellowship applicants must have:

  • Completed a U.S. residency in internal medicine
  • Board-certification or board-eligibility in internal medicine
  • Proof of medical school graduation (original diploma)
  • Proof of passing the three-step United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE).
  • A California medical license before beginning the fellowship
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have a valid J1 visa.

Applicants with permanent residency or J1 visa status also must provide current certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Application Process »

The Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation accepts new fellows every year. Applications for three positions in July 2024 will be accepted beginning July 5, 2023 through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

For questions about the application process, go to ERAS or call 215-966-3940.

Applications are reviewed beginning July 19, 2023 through October 31, 2023. Interviews will be scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays, from August through October, 2023.

All applicants must be registered with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Applicants are notified by email if they are selected for interviews. Match day is on November 29, 2023.

For more information about the Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation's clinical fellowship program, please email fellowship coordinator Jillian Meltebarger.