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Nephrology Fellowship

A Message from the Program Director

    

 


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 new trainees each year. Our principal training sites include Maine Medical Center (MMC), the Vascular Access CenterMaine Nephrology Associates (MNA), the Maine Transplant Program, 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 faculty, representing a broad range of clinical and research expertise. Areas of individual interest include continuous renal replacement therapies, toxicology, plasmapheresis, nephrolithiasis, 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 two 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 Director, I am focusing our current direction on the growth of our clinical research programs. Our most recent endeavor, ReMaine Healthy, is a multi-institutional collaboration to study early chronic kidney disease markers.

The MMC Nephrology Fellowship Program provides state-of-the-art 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 60 new kidney transplants each year – among the highest volumes in New England . 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. Most recently, we established the Maine Medical Partners Kidney Stone Prevention Program.

Laboratory research in our division is supported by the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. In addition to clinical faculty with active studies, a variety of new principal investigators have brought exciting projects to the Institute in recent years, including identification and characterization of undifferentiated renal precursor cells, study of signal and genetic programs in nephron differentiation, and cytokine receptor and transcription factor regulation of erythropoiesis. The collaborative nature of this work and emphasis on translational application provide stimulating fellow research opportunities.

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. 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
Program Director
Nephrology Fellowship Program
Maine Medical Center

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