Division of Nephrology-Hypertension

Fellowship Program



The University of California, San Diego Nephrology fellowship is designed to prepare young physicians for a career in both academic and clinical nephrology. The program is accredited through ACGME and provides training in all aspects of nephrology. The fellowship offers both a two-year clinical program concentrating on training in clinical nephrology and a three-year research program which consists of one year of training in clinical nephrology and two years of research. In addition we often accept trainees to a combined program in adult and pediatric nephrology. Applications for fellowship are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), and the selection of fellows will be conducted by a match through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). For more information about applying for fellowship please follow the "Application for Fellowship" link on this page.


In all of our programs the first year offers wide exposure to all aspects of nephrology.  It is a very comprehensive year in which trainees rotate through five different services at three different hospitals. Fellows spend time at the University Medical Center in Hillcrest, Thornton Hospital and Schulpizio Cardiovascular Center in La Jolla and the VA San Diego. Exceptional faculty and a broad patient population are hallmarks of the clinical training.


In the two-year clinical training program, the second year is divided between additional inpatient training and outpatient electives tailored to the interests and needs of the trainee.  These electives have included additional exposure in Peritoneal Dialysis, Apheresis, Transplant or rotations outside our division in high risk Obstetrics, Palliative Care, Pediatric/Adolescent Nephrology, Urology or Interventional Radiology.  Trainees have also used this time for scholarly pursuits.  For more information about the clinical training please follow the "Clinical Experience" link.


In the three-year research program, the research years offer the fellows protected time to conceive, pursue, present, and publish original investigations in nephrology. Our division has active research interests that span the bench to the bedside. During the research years fellows work closely with the PI of their choosing and clinical duties are kept at a minimum, thereby allowing the fellows an opportunity to excel in the academic aspect of nephrology. Trainees attend a continuity clinic during their second year and various specialty clinics during their third.  For more information about the research training please follow the "Research Experience" link.


Some unique aspects of our program are the exposure to transplant and apheresis.  Though transplant experience is a required part of nephrology fellowship, in many programs the fellows are only marginally involved in the pre- and peri-transplant care.  Our fellows are key members of the team during all aspects of transplant.  Our program is also a leading center in aphresis which is an emerging field in nephrology. We do plasmapheresis for many renal and non-renal disorders.  We also provide leukophersis, photopheresis and LDL pheresis. 


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For more information, please contact:

Cynthia Miracle, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor
Director, Fellowship Program

Division of Nephrology - Hypertension (9111H)
University of California, San Diego and VASDHS
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161
Tel: (858) 552-8585 x7337
Fax: (858) 404-8374
Email: cmiracle@ucsd.edu

Maria Miller
Fellowship and Research Program Coordinator
Division of Nephrology-Hypertension
University of California, San Diego & VASDHS
200 W. Arbor Dr. M/C 8409
San Diego, CA 92103
Tel: 619-543-4619
Fax: 619-471-0754
Email: m5miller@ucsd.edu