The epidemiology of acute kidney injury (AKI) in the pediatric population has shifted. Rather than primary kidney disease, nephrologists increasingly encounter AKI as a secondary effect of systemic illness and its treatment. Children in this situation often have significant complicating factors; their initial illness may be the result of solid organ or bone marrow transplantation, sepsis or multiorgan system dysfunction. Caring for these patients requires effective collaboration between pediatric nephrologists and intensive care clinicians.
The Center for Acute Care Nephrology (CACN) offers the Pediatric Acute Care Nephrology and Dialysis Fellowship to prepare clinicians / researchers to better care for this patient population. The fellowship provides specialized training in acute kidney injury diagnosis and treatment to graduates of pediatric nephrology, critical care or cardiology fellowships. Our overarching goal is to enhance research and clinical collaboration between pediatric nephrologists and pediatric intensive care specialists, a shift that will lead to better outcomes for children with acute kidney injury.
The Acute Care Nephrology and Dialysis Fellowship is primarily a research fellowship, separate from the focus and intent of the fellowship program in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Cincinnati Children’s. While CACN acute care nephrology fellows will spend one to two months covering acute inpatient service, we coordinate this time to coincide with the research months for pediatric nephrology fellows, lessening their workload and ensuring fellows in both programs obtain the required experience.
The Pediatric Acute Care Nephrology and Dialysis Fellowship lasts 12 to 24 months, depending on the progress of the fellow’s research.
The Center for Acute Care Nephrology offers one fellowship per academic year to a graduate of a fellowship in pediatric nephrology, pediatric critical care or pediatric cardiology.
Gambro Renal Products Inc., through an unrestricted grant, provides support for the Pediatric Acute Care Nephrology and Dialysis Fellowship.
The Pediatric Acute Care Nephrology and Dialysis Fellowship is associated with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. We do not plan to apply for specialty board accreditation.