IPNA Fellowships target medical professionals who treat children with kidney disease in developing countries and the hard to reach areas of the world. The Program provides fellows with extensive, hands-on training at IPNA training centers. Through the multiplier effect—similar to a train the trainer model—one IPNA Fellowship can impact thousands of children and their families.
- Since 2003, more than 300 fellows have received training at one of IPNA’s two dozen training centers that are located around the globe.
- An IPNA Fellowship is usually 12 months, and in some cases, the training is extended to best serve the fellow’s home country and its children.
- There are two Fellowship application periods each year. The process to apply is comprehensive and is managed by the IPNA Fellowship Committee.
At the conclusion of training, IPNA Fellows report achievements that exceed their initial learning objectives. Here are some examples of how fellows achieve gains.
- Managing patients, who are receiving both peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis
- Managing patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD)
- Infant dialysis, which is different and more difficult than in older patients
- Managing intradialytic complications like muscle cramps and disequilibrium syndrome
- Working within the critical care unit
- Treating refractory nephropathy, recurrent urinary tract infections and bladder ureter reflux, congenital urinary tract malformations, Lupus nephritis and other causes of acute or chronic renal failure
- Rare diseases such as primary high oxalate urinary disease, methylmalonic acid hematic disease, congenital nephrotic syndrome and Bartter Syndrome
- Interpreting the of results of uro-radiologic imaging
- Developing procedure skills, including handling renal biopsy
- Utilizing medical teams across specialties for the best possible patient outcomes
At the conclusion of the IPNA Fellowship, doctors return to their home institution to share their newly found knowledge and training with their colleagues. Through sharing and dissemination, more children indirectly get better care for kidney disease. More children’s lives are saved.
IPNA Fellows submit a post-fellowship report to summarize their learning and gains. Please click the links below to read actual Fellowship reports.
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With early diagnosis and treatment, it’s possible to slow or stop the progression of kidney disease. IPNA is making a positive impact educating and training physicians how to diagnose and treat kidney disease. However, we need to expand our Fellowship Program now, so more children can be diagnosed accurately and treated successfully.
Please join IPNA as we take the next steps to build a sustainable program to support education and training for treatment and care for children with kidney disease. Your contribution will allow IPNA to make an even greater impact on the lives of those affected.
We need to fund additional fellowships to train more doctors who can accurately diagnose kidney disease in kids.
If you are a pediatric nephrologist or other medical professional, looking for more in-depth and application information about IPNA training and educational opportunities, please click here.