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Nathan Hellmann

All renal fellows are required to perform some type of research during the course of their training. For some, this research will be a stepping stone to a career in academic nephrology. For others, the research years will be a brief sojourn into a different realm for a year or two, until private practice beckons. Out of the myriad options available, how does one choose a worthy research question?

Choosing a research mentor is intimately linked to choosing a research question. Except for the few brave souls who are already independently minded (and independently funded) coming into fellowship, nephrology fellows

Nathan Hellman

Nathan Edward Hellman, talented physician, and beloved father, husband, and son, died on February 13, 2010, from a stroke. Nathan was born in Houston, Texas, on December 8, 1973.

Nathan inaugurated the Renal Fellow Network blog and was the newest member of the ASN Kidney News editorial board. He was on staff as a scientist physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and authored numerous scientific publications.

Nathan grew up primarily in Duluth, Minn., where he was editor of the high school newspaper and member of the math, basketball, and track teams. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from

We have all experienced those moments when we wonder what we have gotten ourselves into. Nephrology fellowship is one of these life-altering events, so we asked a sampling of current fellows the one thing they wish they had known before starting training.

Some answers focused on the practical. Deepti Torri, of North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., said better understanding of renal physiology would have helped. “Taking Texbook of Medical Physiology by Arthur Guyton out of the dusty bookshelf and reading the renal physiology chapters from beginning to end would have been