About Our Program - Slide Presentation
Welcome to the Maine Medical Center Nephrology Fellowship Program. Our program, founded in 1991, is a two year fellowship fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), accepting two alternating with three new trainees each year. Our principal training sites include Maine Medical Center (MMC), the Vascular Access Center, Maine Nephrology Associates (MNA), the Maine Transplant Program, the Togus Veteran's Administration Hospital, and the Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI).
As one of the premier nephrology training venues in New England, MMC has eleven board-certified nephrologists on the Division of Nephrology and Transplantation faculty, representing a broad range of clinical and research expertise. Areas of specific clinical interest include continuous renal replacement therapies, toxicology, therapeutic plasma exchange, nephrolithiasis care and prevention, vascular access intervention, novel immunosuppressive agent trials, renovascular disease and hypertension, and chronic dialysis rehabilitative care.
Our division has grown steadily in size, scope and prestige over the past three decades, first under the direction of Dr. Donald Leeber and subsequently under Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb. Dr. Himmelfarb contributed extensively to our knowledge in the fields of acute kidney injury and oxidative stress in chronic kidney and end-stage renal disease, and was a force in the expansion of MMCRI. As current Division Chief, I am focusing our current direction on the growth of our multidisciplinary clinical programs and clinical research. The unveiling of the Maine Medical Partners Kidney Stone Prevention Program in 2013 has been our most recent and exciting innovation – the only program of its kind in New England. Directed by Dr. Eric Taylor, an internationally recognized expert in nephrolithiasis, it provides unique educational and research opportunities for fellows.
The MMC Nephrology Fellowship Program provides comprehensive training in all aspects of general nephrology, chronic kidney disease, hypertension, and end-stage renal disease care. Further, the Maine Transplant Program manages the care of approximately 50-60 new kidney transplants each year – among the highest volumes in New England - with particular attention to living kidney donation. In addition, there are several novel programs in our division which have enhanced the quality of our training program. These include our Interventional Nephrology Program, supervision of MMC plasmapheresis services, and diagnostic renal ultrasonography at our outpatient clinics.
Laboratory and clinical research in our division is supported by the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. Many of our faculty members are principal investigators involved with clinical research projects and several MMCRI investigators carry on bench research in the realm of nephrology. Specific areas of research activity are highlighted in the “Research” narrative of the fellowship program web pages.
Our program has been closely attuned to trends in graduate medical education in recent years and is responsive to the ideas and needs of our fellows, frequently seeking feedback from our trainees to enhance our curriculum. We have state-of-the-art simulation facilities and incorporate simulation into our curriculum. Most recently, we have implemented milestones assessments into feedback to our fellows and we are enhancing our activities in quality and patient safety in the spirit of the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER). Our graduates have a 100% pass rate on the American Board of Internal Medicine Nephrology Board Certification exams, and former fellows have moved on to a variety of successful community and academic positions across the country.
I warmly invite you to peruse our website and program details. I am happy to answer specific inquiries about our program (Contact Us) and look forward to your application!
Mark G. Parker, MD
Nephrology Fellowship Program
Maine Medical Center