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What Makes Us Unique

A National Leader in Improving Quality and Safety

ACGME has chosen URMC to be one of eight institutions to help transform the way we improve quality and safety. Our fellows play a key role in changing the clinical learning environment here at our institution and across the country. This initiative furthers our commitment to continuously improve health care by advancing the quality of physician education.

Opportunity for Combined Curriculum

The opportunity exists for medicine-pediatrics trained individuals to pursue a combined four-year curriculum. At the completion of this curriculum, fellows are able to become dual certified in both pediatric nephrology and adult nephrology.

New Children's Hospital

UR Medicine opened a brand new Golisano Children's Hospital in 2015. The children's hospital encompasses nearly 245,000 square feet of space dedicated to children and their families.

Outstanding Board Pass Rates

100% of our graduating fellows passed the nephrology subspecialty board exam on the first try. A high level of clinical and research mentorship throughout fellowship training has contributed to this exceptional board pass rate.

Specialty Clinics

Our Hypertension and Lipids Clinic is a highly successful collaboration between Pediatric Nephrology and Cardiology which provides first-rate experience in treating children with hypertension.

Advanced Degree Opportunities

The division is extremely supportive of fellows pursuing an advanced degree including a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MS-CLI) by providing dedicated time for coursework.

National Leadership

Our Division Chief, George Schwartz, M.D., developed the Schwartz formula, broadly applied to estimate glomerular filtration rate (GFR) to diagnose chronic kidney disease in children and adolescents.


The Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and/or Dr. Patricia Chess, Vice Chair of Education meet quarterly with fellows from our subspecialty training programs in an informal roundtable setting to offer mentorship and research guidance.

Research Support

The Department of Pediatrics provides financial support for each fellow to present at one national conference as this contributes to their professional development and hones their presentation and networking skills.