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ISN ANIO India CoverThe ISN-ANIO partnership provides education and training for health professionals who care for people with kidney disease in India.

The ISN-ANIO India Committee is a partnership between ISN, the American Nephrologists of Indian Origin (ANIO) and other nephrologists of the Indian Diaspora and works in partnership with the Indian Society of Nephrology. This Committee builds on the expertise of ISN to bridge gaps in healthcare provision and uses available funds to support programs aimed at improving kidney care in India.

For questions about the ISN-ANIO Programs, please contact the ISN-ANIO Programs Coordinator.

ISN ANIO India CoverThe ISN-ANIO partnership provides education and training for health professionals who care for people with kidney disease in India.

The ISN-ANIO India Committee is a partnership between ISN, the American Nephrologists of Indian Origin (ANIO) and other nephrologists of the Indian Diaspora and works in partnership with the Indian Society of Nephrology. This Committee builds on the expertise of ISN to bridge gaps in healthcare provision and uses available funds to support programs aimed at improving kidney care in India.

For questions about the ISN-ANIO Programs, please contact the ISN-ANIO Programs Coordinator.

The Indukaka Ipcowala Advanced Scholarship Program

Devanbhai Patel


Mr. Devanbhai R. Patel generously donated funds to ISN-ANIO to name an endowment in memory of his father-in-law, Shri Indukaka Ipcowala. The ISN-ANIO India Committee implemented the Indukaka Ipcowala Advanced Scholarship Program to enable physicians or allied healthcare personnel from India to gain specific skills by practical experience in any field of nephrology, including but not limited to renal pathology, acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, kidney transplantation, and dialysis.

 Application dates for 2019 are still to be determined.

A scholarship applicant must be an ISN member and must identify a Home Mentor (a senior nephrologist and ISN member). He or she will help locate a suitable Host Institution and Mentor (also an ISN member) to establish a strong relationship, match interests, and develop a training plan. Alternatively, they can contact the ISN headquarters to help locate a suitable Host Institution and Mentor. Applicants are notified on the status of their application approximately three months after the application deadline.

Below are links to important information and forms/reports regarding the scholarship process. A completed application form is necessary to initiate the process. Following completion of training, the trainee and Host Mentor are required to submit the End of Training Reports. Once all documents have been received by ISN, the trainee will be issued a certificate and will be referred to as an ISN-ANIO Scholar.

To help with reviewing the above documents, all forms and reports must be sent to the ISN-ANIO Programs Coordinator in Word, Excel, or PDF format; they cannot be completed by hand.

Are you interested in ISN-ANIO Scholarship Program and are not yet a member? Learn about our membership packages and join the ISN community today!

Pallav Gupta, 2017 ISN-ANIO Scholar: “I would recommend this program to others as it helps in acquiring new skills which can be used in our native country to improve diagnosis of renal diseases and patient care.

For questions about the ISN-ANIO Programs, please contact the ISN-ANIO Programs Coordinator.

ISN-ANIO Sponsored Fellowships

The ISN-ANIO Committee supports ISN-ANIO Fellows, young Indian nephrologists who are selected through the ISN Fellowship Program for a period of training overseas.

Review the Fellowship Guidelines, and if you satisfy all criteria, you may register and create your application.

Deadlines for submission: May 1st and October 1st every year.

For questions about the ISN-ANIO Programs, please contact the ISN-ANIO Programs Coordinator.

Are you interested in ISN-ANIO Scholarship Program and are not yet a member? Learn about our membership packages and join the ISN community today!

Clinical Nephropathology Certificate Program

The Clinical Nephropathology Certificate (CNC) Program consists of Basic and Advanced Courses, both year-long online educational programs in nephropathology. The Basic Course was first launched in 2013 as a pilot program in India, in collaboration with American Nephrologists of Indian Origin (ANIO). The program was successfully expanded to the rest of the world in 2014, and to date has included >900 participants from close to 100 countries. The program features live webinars, pre-recorded lectures available 24/7 on demand, quizzes, and exams. The Advanced Course was initiated in 2019.

Target audience:
Pathologists and nephrologists seeking training in the principles and practice of nephropathology from around the world are encouraged to apply, however applicants from low- and middle-income countries are given priority.

Program Objectives:

  • Identify the key principles in the preparation of kidney biopsy material – preparation of sections for LM, IF, and EM. Review the different staining techniques and their purpose.
  • Apply knowledge of different patterns of renal injury observed in histopathologic specimens in classifying syndromes of nephron injury and integrating this knowledge into the management of clinical presentations of renal disease.
  • Use newly gained knowledge of specific renal syndromes or diseases (e.g., acute kidney injury, autoimmune renal disease, diabetic kidney disease, genetic renal disease, hepatorenal syndrome, pregnancy related renal disease) to infer pathophysiologic mechanisms and apply this to the management of patients.
  • Use updated knowledge of kidney pathology for better patient management.

Basic Course Information

Program Structure:
The CNC program spans over one year and includes over 40 recorded online lectures and 12 live webinars (one each month).

Graduation Requirement:
The course attendees are required to attend >75% of the live webinars AND obtain a “pass” (a score greater than 2 standard deviations below the class mean) in BOTH a mid-year and a final exam in order to receive the certificate.

Application Information:
Tuition Fees: $495.00 (USD). Tuition Fees are waived for trainees in MD, DNB, DM, or PhD from low- and lower-middle-income countries. Payments are made through PayPal and are due by December 15th of each year (instructions are sent upon acceptance to the program in mid-November).
Application Deadline: October 31st of each year
Program Start Date: January 1st of each year
Application form: Applicants must complete an online application form (available in September of each year) by the deadline. If the applicant is a trainee, they must submit proof of training and a letter of endorsement from their department chair.

Advanced Course Information
Course includes advanced general and transplant nephropathology, pediatric nephrology, onco-nephrology, and other emerging issues in nephropathology. The program is available to past graduates by invitation only and registration is on a first paid, first-served basis, to a maximum of 95 people per year. There are no midterm and final exams, however there are mandatory quizzes after each webinar.

Application Information:
Tuition Fees: $495.00 (USD). All registrants must pay tuition. No tuition waiver is given. Payments are made through PayPal and no application form is necessary. Payment link is sent to eligible candidates who successfully completed the Basic CNC Course and were awarded an ISN-ANIO CNC certificate.
Application Deadline: June 30th of each year
Program Start Date: July 1st of each year

Program Leadership:
Co-directors and Primary CNC Faculty:

  • Kenar D Jhaveri, MD, Professor and Associate Chief of Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension, Northwell Health System, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
  • Youssef Farag, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director of Clinical Development at Akebia Therapeutics, Inc., and Associate Faculty in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Vanesa Bijol, MD, Associate Professor and Chief of Renal Pathology, Department of Pathology, Northwell Health System, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Featured CNC Faculty:

  • Gerald B. Appel, M.D, Director of Clinical Nephrology, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Jamil Azzi, MD Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Anil K. Chandraker, M.D, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Robert Colvin, MD, Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Bradley Denker, MD, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Fernando Fervenza, M.D, Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, Mayo Clinic
  • Ana Greka, MD, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • David Mount, MD, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Helmut Rennke, M.D, Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Leonardo Riella, MD Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Jai Radhakrishnan, MD, Renal Division, Columbia University
  • Ajay K. Singh, M.D, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • David. J. Salant, MD, Boston University
  • Sanjeev Sethi, M.D, Department of Pathology, Mayo Clinic
  • Sushrut Waikar, MD, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Astrid Weins, MD, PhD, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

For any questions related to the course and the application, please contact the ISN-ANIO CNC Program Manager, Dr. Youssef Farag.

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