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Applying to the General Nephrology Fellowship

The UC San Diego General Nephrology Fellowship is designed to educate new nephrologists. We offer a 2-year program concentrating on training in clinical nephrology, a 3-year program that consists of 1 year of training in clinical nephrology followed by 2 years of research, and a combined Adult-Pediatric Nephrology program in partnership with the Pediatric Nephrology Division at Rady's Childrens Hospital. At times, physicians who choose to pursue an academic career may perform a 4th year of training to bolster their academic credentials before applying for a faculty appointment. Consideration of this extension occurs during the research years.

We accept 4 new fellows each year

Applicants must have completed 3 or more years of post-doctoral training prior to beginning their fellowship. California medical licensure is not required at the time of acceptance but must be obtained prior to beginning training. Licensure must be valid by June 1. Applications for the program 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).

Required Documents

  1. Common Application Form
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Medical School transcripts
  4. Program Director's Letter plus 3 letters of recommendation
  5. USMLE Transcripts, and ECFMG Status Report
  6. J-1 Visa accepted for 2-year clinical track only
  7. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required for 3-year research track

Interview & Review Process

The application process opens in August and closes in late September.

To help ensure the health, safety, and security of our applicants during the 2022–2023 recruitment cycle, nephrology fellowship programs will be conducting interviews with applicants virtually. Applicants will have the opportunity to interact with many of the faculty members and current fellows on their interview day.

  • Interviews: Interviews begin late August.
  • Application Review: A review of applications is completed by the faculty in November in order to submit applications for ranking.
  • Match Day: November 30, 2022


Fellowship Program Contacts

Program Director

Cynthia Miracle, M.D.

Cynthia M. Miracle, M.D.
Fellowship Program Director
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Renal Clinic Director, VASDHS


Program Coordinator


Janice Thomas
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Division of Nephrology-Hypertension
Campus Mail Code: 8409