The nephrology training program curriculum is structured in such a way that trainees meet core competency goals in all fields of nephrology including: Management of acute and chronic kidney disease, ICU nephrology, outpatient hemodialysis dialysis, peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis, inpatient and outpatient transplantation, basic & clinical research.
- 4 months yearly on inpatient consult services (split into ICU and non-ICU) managing patients with various types of kidney diseases as well as hospitalized dialysis and transplant patients.
- 2 months yearly on night float, fellows take at-home call with no daytime responsibility (split into 2-week blocks)
- 2 months yearly ambulatory rotations where fellows go to outpatient transplant clinic, home dialysis clinic as well as round at the outpatient hemodialysis center
- 1-2 months yearly on elective/research
- 1 month yearly at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center
- 1 month vacation
Our fellows also have outpatient continuity clinic one afternoon per week where they follow and manage their own patients with variety of renal disease throughout their two year stay.
Conferences (listed below) are widely attended by adult and pediatric nephrology faculty, renal pathology, urology and transplantation teams as well as research staff, fostering lively academic discussion and furthering the educational mission of the division.
- Weekly Thursday Morning Journal Club (both basic science and clinical)
- Weekly Thursday Morning Renal Grand Rounds
- Weekly Wednesday Afternoon Board Review
- Renal Pathology Conference bimonthly
- Weekly Pathophysiology Lecture
- Quarterly Cardio-Renal Conference
- Quarterly Rheum-Renal Conference
In addition to the above conferences, first year fellows are sent to the National Kidney Foundation spring clnical meeting each year. Second year fellows attend American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week each Fall.
Fellows are given opportunity to become certified in native and transplant kidney biopsies as well as dialysis catheter insertion under ultrasound guidance. Specialized ultrasound training is taught with expertise and help from faculty from the Division of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine.