Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR) fellowship program in nephrology is a three-year ACGME accredited training program. The program aspires to be a premier training site for future academic pediatric nephrologists. A fellow finishing training in this program is assured of a sound education in clinical nephrology, a firm basis in research methodologies with excellent personal and professional development opportunities.

Clinical training

The program provides an abundance of opportunities for fellows in training. Greater than 100 treatments with acute PD, hemodialysis or CRRT are performed each year and percutaneous renal biopsies average 40-45 per year. Pediatric kidney, heart and liver transplants are a rich source of clinical exposure for fellows. Each fellow conducts a continuity clinic with their own panel of patients. Last year there were nearly 5000 in-patient and out-patient visits. Opportunities for combined training in pediatric and internal medicine nephrology may be available.

Research training

Research opportunities are available for fellows within the divisions of nephrology and internal medicine nephrology. In addition, there exist opportunities for basic science research within the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Dentistry on the VCU campus. Each fellow will have a mentor during the three years of training who will act as a resource for the fellow in the design and execution of their research. It is anticipated that a fellow will complete training with a research portfolio appropriate for an academic position at the assistant professor level.


The conference schedule is comprised of:

  • Patient care conferences
  • Transplant conferences
  • Core curriculum conferences
  • Uroradiology conferences
  • Antenatal conferences (held twice a month)
  • Journal Club
  • Research conferences
  • Pathology conferences
  • Division business meetings (held weekly)
  • QI conferences
  • M&M conferences (held quarterly)

Fellows will be given increasing opportunities over the three years of training to present at conferences and to learn the skills necessary to plan and lead clinical and scientific meetings.

How to apply

The nephrology fellowship program is accredited by the ACGME and participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service. Our next fellowship position will start July 1, 2018. Please submit your application to ERAS when the 2017 recruitment season opens.

Application to the fellowship program is highly competitive. Persons who wish to apply should be board eligible or board certified in pediatrics. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

Please visit the ERAS website to submit applications.

Once we have received all application materials in good order, on-site interviews are scheduled. During the interview, candidates will have an opportunity to meet faculty and current fellows and tour the facilities. View university policy on the selection and recruitment of residents and fellows.

If there are any further questions, interested applicants should contact Dr. Bunchman.

Fellowship program information, such as contract and benefits, policies, housing opportunities, salary scale and required information, can be found on the VCU Graduate Medical Education website.

Contact us

Meet the team

Fellowship program director

Timothy Bunchman, M.D.
Professor and chief
Division of Nephrology
Box 980498 
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0498
Phone: (804) 827-2264
Fax: (804) 628-5853
Email: timothy.bunchman@vcuhealth.org


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