Dear Prospective Applicant:
Thank you for your interest in our Nephrology Fellowship program at the University of Pennsylvania. As you look over this website, I think you will find that because of the size and diverse interests of our talented faculty, and because of the outstanding strengths of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, we provide one of the premier training experiences in nephrology in the United States. Our training program has the capacity to provide outstanding training in all aspects of clinical nephrology and our faculty is well known for their dedication to teaching.
Pennís Renal Division has a long and remarkable history of training individuals who have gone on to be leaders in the field of nephrology and indeed, in the field of medicine in general. While we are anxious to train — and do routinely train — outstanding clinicians, the Penn Renal-Electrolyte and Hypertension Division is particularly interested in training academic nephrologists. We have a long, successful history of training fellows particularly in the basic sciences, epidemiology and outcomes research, and in clinical trial design. To support this training, our fellows have access to an NIH-sponsored institutional training program that supports career development in both the clinical and basic sciences. We believe strongly in using the University of Pennsylvaniaís remarkably diverse strengths and encourage our trainees to obtain formal training outside of the Renal Division of Nephrology if this serves their training goals.
We understand that many fellow applicants may not have well defined interests at the time that they apply for their nephrology training, particularly because this application process begins nearly 2 years before matriculation. For that reason, the program is flexible, allowing fellows without pre-determined research interests during their first year of training to learn about opportunities and themselves, before making a decision about an academic career or before making a decision about what direction that career track might take.
As you may know, I recently became Chief of the Renal-Electrolyte and Hypertension Division at Penn. While people outside the University of Michigan probably know me best for my scientific work in the area of podocyte biology, it is likely that my students and patients know me differently. As a clinician, I have become an expert in glomerular disease, lupus and systemic vasculitis, and I am excited by the prospect of developing specialized clinical and research programs in this area at Penn. I have served as the Nephrology Training Program Director at Michigan for 7 years. I remain passionate about the importance of medical education in general and pledge to be dedicated and responsive to your training and career development.
Pennís renal fellows are critical to the Divisionís many missions; most importantly, you will provide much of our patientís care and you will do much to stimulate our intellectual environment. You deserve to be well taught and mentored, to have protected time to learn, and to be the focus of many of our efforts. I believe that you train at a place like Penn because of its incredibly diverse clinical and scientific environment and the opportunities for personal growth that this environment affords and I strongly believe that you should be strongly supported as you take advantage of this world to fulfill your individual career goals.
I am excited to be joining Pennís outstanding group of clinicians, teachers, and scientists, and I am dedicated to making the best use of the substantial new resources that Pennís leadership has dedicated to the Renal Division to make the Division and even more intellectually exciting place to train and work.
I hope that we can convince you that Penn is the best place for you to complete your clinical training, and that it is a place where you will be given the opportunity and support to develop a satisfying career that best meets your special interests.
Lawrence B. Holzman, MD
Professor of Medicine and Chief, Renal-Electrolyte and Hypertension Division