About the Transplant - Nephrology Fellowship Program

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The transplant fellowship offered by the Division of Nephrology is certified by the American Society of Transplantation (AST)/American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). Our transplant program, the largest in the region, performs over 150 kidney transplants every year. A wide variety of transplant related therapies including kidney exchange, desensitization, ABO incompatible transplants, and HIV and HCV positive kidney transplants are performed.

The Virginia Commonwealth University Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program provides an opportunity to pursue advanced training in clinical transplant nephrology and to undertake training in basic science research or clinical research. The program is designed for trainees who wish to receive outstanding educational training in order to pursue a career in either academic medicine or private practice.

Your training fellowship involves one year of training that integrates the six core competencies (patient care, medical knowledge, practice based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems based learning). Each fellow will participate in clinical training, teaching and scholarly activities. The training experience includes involvement in all aspects of pre-transplant care including list management, kidney donor evaluations and assessment and acceptance of deceased donor organs, as well as post-transplant care including performing biopsies and management of immunosuppression. The fellows get hands-on training in immunology through rotations in the HLA lab and transplant kidney biopsy assessments with pathology. Dedicated teaching in transplant infectious disease is also provided. Under faculty mentorship, each fellow is expected to participate in at least one research project which will usually result in a presentation at a national or international conference. Our sites of practice include in-patient and continuity clinics at VCUHS.

After one year of clinical training, our goal is for each fellow to have confidence in independently evaluating and managing patients with a wide variety of kidney transplant issues.

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to the Transplant-Nephrology Fellowship training program! 

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Dhiren Kumar, MD

Dhiren Kumar, MD

Program Director

Dhiren Kumar, MD

Dhiren Kumar, MD

Program Director

Internal Medicine

Division of Nephrology

Email: dhiren.kumar@vcuhealth.org

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Todd W.B. Gehr, MD

Todd W.B. Gehr, MD

Division Chair

Todd W.B. Gehr, MD

Todd W.B. Gehr, MD

Division Chair

Internal Medicine

Division of Nephrology

Email: todd.gehr@vcuhealth.org

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Eligibility requirements

The applicant should be an M.D. with three or more years of Internal Medicine residency training in an ACGME-accredited training program. A pass on USMLE Step 3 is a mandatory prerequisite for acceptance as a fellow.

Our institution can sponsor J-1 visas. H-1 visas might be available on a case by case basis.

Required information:

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE score reports
  • Medical school transcripts
  • A personal statement
  • 4 letters of recommendation, including one from your program director
  • A photograph

If applicable, please provide the following:

  • ECFMG certificate
  • Medical School Diploma (with translation if necessary) 

Application Timeline

Interview dates for the 2020 Interview Season will be starting with August 1, 2019 and ending January 1, 2020.

Sample interview itinerary:

10:45 – Arrival
11:00 – 11:30 – Interview
11:30 – 12:00 – Interview/Tour with fellow
12:00 – 12:30 – Interview
12:30 – 01:30 – Transplant Conference
01:30 – 02:00 – Program Overview and Interview with PD
02:00 – 02:30 – Interview
02:30 – 03:00 – Interview
03:00 – 03:30 – Interview – Fellow
03:30 – 04:00 – Wrap up, Questions with PD

Program Director

Dhiren Kumar, MD
Email: dhiren.kumar@vcuhealth.org

Fellowship Coordinator

VCU School of Medicine
Dept of Internal Medicine
Box 980509
Richmond, VA 23298-0509 
Phone: (804) 828-9726
Email: imfellowships@vcuhealth.org