A Message from the Program Director
Iris J. Lee, MD
Director, Nephrology Program
Associate Professor, Medicine
Section of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation
Temple University School of Medicine and Temple University Hospital (TUH) have a long track record of providing medical education and training since the early 1900s. Currently, TUH provides primary care to approximately 250,000 ambulatory patients and hospital care to over 20,000 patients annually. We are a 746-bed teaching hospital caring for a broad spectrum of patients mainly located in southeastern PA and NJ including a diverse underserved population in North Philadelphia. Our Division has had a long successful track record of nephrology education and in 2016 was recognized by American Society of Nephrology as a top-10 program for attracting trainees to the field. From an ambulatory care perspective, our Division cares for patients utilizing all dialysis modalities within six facilities in close proximity to our hospital in North and Center City, Philadelphia. As a quaternary care center including the top lung transplant program nationally, state-of-the-art robotic program, and multi-disciplinary centers and programs, there is significant exposure to a broad range of kidney-related pathology and disease complexity for excellent training exposure. This exposure combined with didactic comprehensive nephrology conferences provided by dedicated faculty is likely the reason that our fellows score in the top 5 – 25% nationally on the nephrology in-service exam, and a board passage rate above the national average
Our program is well-positioned to continue to excel in nephrology education which is why we were approved by ACGME to expand our program to eight fellows in light of regional changes among academic health centers in Philadelphia. Our faculty have a passion for teaching, and many have received distinguished teaching awards by the Department of Medicine and School of Medicine. We have 16 faculty in the Division with broad expertise, many of whom hold additional board certification and training. Areas of expertise include critical care, glomerular disease, home dialysis therapies, hypertension, and transplant medicine. Our Division actively participates in basic, clinical, and translational, and social determinants of health research, funded by the National Institutes of Health and other societies. We are involved in numerous multi-center national trials in hypertension, lupus nephritis, glomerular disease and chronic kidney disease, and kidney transplantation. For example, we recently participated in the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), are actively involved in the Nephrotic Syndrome Study Network (NEPTUNE) and are initiating the APOL1 Long-term Kidney Transplantation Outcomes Network study (APOLLO). In addition, our faculty are involved in shaping policy by serving on national committees like the American Society of Nephrology and the United Network for Organ Sharing. Division faculty interact with other departments and centers as well at nearby institutions which allows us to provide additional educational experiences such as interventional nephrology.
In promoting career development for nephrology fellows, we encourage scholarship and attendance at regional and national fellowship forums and workshops. We sponsor participation in national meetings, such as the American Society of Nephrology and American Transplant Congress, and Renal Physician Associates. Our fellows have been extremely successful after fellowship securing jobs in private practice as well as academia. Many pursue an additional year of training in transplant, and have been accepted to top-tier programs including Columbia-NY Presbyterian, Emory, University of Washington, and Vanderbilt. Previous fellows are now faculty at institutions such as Temple University, University of Virginia, and William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan.
Our fellows appreciate the quality and level of training they receive at Temple and feel fully prepared to handle challenges when they leave. Our training is not only first-rate, but delivered in a supportive learning environment, with an appreciation for work-life balance and wellness. The recent approval by ACGME for expansion of our program provided us the opportunity to make modifications to our clinical rotations and call schedule that not only allow for more efficient and responsive patient care, but more dedicated and structured opportunities for education over service that are complemented by established conferences we hold weekly in the Division.
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