Applications for the Nephrology Fellowship Program are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). 

Division of Nephrology
Department of Internal Medicine
MSC 04-2785
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Phone: (505) 272-0407
Fax: (505) 272-0598


Nephrology Clinic
(505) 272-3100

Nephrology Fellowship Program

Nephrology Fellowship Program

More Information

Antonia Harford, MD, is the Nephrology Fellowship Program Director at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Yue-Harn Ng, MD and Darlene Vigil, MD, are the Nephrology Fellowship Associate Program Directors at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

For more information, contact:
Frances Davis
Nephrology Fellowship Program Coordinator
(505) 272-0407

The goal of the Nephrology Fellowship Program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is to provide subspecialty training in nephrology to internists who will become board certified in nephrology and pursue productive careers in academic medicine, public health, clinical practice or industry. All trainees accepted into the program are expected to be eligible for and sit for nephrology boards after completion of training.

The Nephrology Fellowship Program within UNM's Department of Internal Medicine is a two-year fellowship, with an optional third year, which emphasizes the development of experience and proficiency in clinical, investigative, and educational aspects of nephrology.

The structure of the program will be flexible so that trainees may equip themselves for a career as either clinical or investigative nephrologists. In general, the first year emphasizes the acquisition of basic skills in clinical nephrology, including renal transplant and dialysis. During the first year, the fellow identifies a faculty research mentor and identifies a research project. The second year involves a continued role in patient care, with the balance of available time individualized to the pursuit of specific research interests, either clinical or basic science oriented. An optional third year can be offered in critical care. After couple completion of this 12 month rotation in critical care, the trainee is eligible to sit for critical care boards.

During their training, our fellows will be exposed to all aspects of nephrology, including clinical nephrology, basic science, renal pathology, renal radiology, problem case management, journal clubs, and research conferences.


dr. T presenting

Nephrology Fellow Education

Nephrology Fellow Education

Fellows' Education:

  • Nephrology Noon Conferences: weekly
  • Nephrology Board Review: weekly
  • Journal Club: weekly
  • Renal pathology Conferences: monthly
  • Research Conference: monthly

Clinical Rotations:

  • Inpatient Nephrology Consultations
  • Inpatient Renal Transplant Service
  • Outpatient Renal Transplant Clinic
  • Outpatient Nephrology Continuity Clinic
  • Outpatient Hemodialysis Unit Rounds at DCI
  • Outpatient Home Dialysis Clinic at DCI
  • Stone Clinic

Elective Rotations (2-4 weeks):

  • Plasmapheresis
  • Renal Pathology
  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • Geriatric Nephrology / Palliative CareI
  • Intensive Out-Patient Dialysis Experiences (peritoneal dialysis, technical aspects of hemodialysis including water and dialysis equipment, quality initiatives of federal regulations of dialysis unit practice.

Teaching Opportunities:

  • UNM Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • UNM School of Medicine, 3rd year students

Research Opportunities:

Research is an important aspect of nephrology training at UNM. With assistance from a nephrology faculty mentor, the fellows have dedicated research time in the second year to choose ongoing research projects of their own interest.  We strongly encourage and support our fellows to submit and present their research at national meetings.

Training is conducted at University Hospital, the Veteran's Administration Medical Center, and local dialysis units of Dialysis Clinic, Inc.

University Hospital

University Hospital

University Hospital is on the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center campus. It is a 368-bed general and tertiary care hospital including full pediatric services, outpatient facilities and the only level I trauma center in the state of New Mexico. The hospital also operates its own air service, including fixed-wing and helicopter.

Veteran’s Administration Medical Center

Veteran’s Administration Medical Center

The New Mexico VA Health Care system (VAMC/Air Force hospital) is a 350-bed general and tertiary care hospital that serves veterans from a four state area, active duty Air Force personnel and their dependents. Although the majority of the patients are men, because of the mission to serve the active duty Air Force and their dependents, there is a Women's Health Center and a higher number of female patients than at the typical VA hospital. 

Dialysis Clinic, Inc.: DCI is the nation’s largest nonprofit dialysis provider that operates over 210 dialysis clinics in 27 states. Fellows will conduct their outpatient dialysis rounds at a DCI clinic conveniently located close to the University Hospital.

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First Year Fellows

  • Kashif Abad, MD
  • Mohammad Achakzai, MD

Second Year Fellows

  • Antonin Jaros, MD

Apply Now

Complete your application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All applications must come through this service. A complete application will include the common application form, medical school transcript, personal statement, USMLE/COMLEX scores, Dean’s letter, three to four letters of recommendation and a passport-size photograph.

Once we have received the application through ERAS, we will send you an e-mail through ERAS to let you know whether or not you’ve been invited to interview with our program.

Graduates of Foreign Medical Schools

Applications will be accepted only through ERAS.

International Medical Graduates should apply through the ECFMG office; see instructions at http://www.ecfmg.org or contact the ECFMG directly for further information.

In general, most International Medical Graduates we interview meet the following requirements:

  • Green Card, J-1 Visa or documentation of US Citizenship.
  • Valid ECFMG Certificate with Clinical Skills Assessment certification
  • Evidence of a minimum of 4 months of clinical experience in the United States, preferably in an academic medical center setting
  • 3 of 4 letters of recommendation from academic physicians you have worked with in the U.S.
  • Minimum USMLE scores of 188 on both Step I and Step II