Research Training Program

The research training program is designed to provide physicians and Ph.D. medical scientists heading for careers in academic medicine with thorough training in nephrology and in the basic sciences or clinical investigation relevant to the study of the kidney and its diseases.

The principal mechanism for training is direct performance of research by trainees under the close personal supervision of one or more members of the staff. Fellows assume graded responsibility for the design, conduct and interpretation of experiments, progressively becoming more independent but always working with their research preceptors. In addition, all trainees and staff meet together frequently for research seminars, journal clubs and other formal group teaching exercises.

Research fellows work in well-equipped laboratory space at the Boston Medical Center. A large medical library and an animal care facility supervised by a veterinarian are available in contiguous buildings at Boston University Medical School. There is also an opportunity for fellows to obtain a PhD degree through the Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine. Formal training in clinical investigation can be pursued under the direction of clinical investigators in the Renal training program or associate faculty, and by enrollment in the CREST program. This includes course work in a Master’s program at the Boston University School of Public Health or enrollment in the Master of Arts in Clinical Investigation Program.