Division of Nephrology
Fellowship Training Program
Weekly Nephrology Conference (Tuesday, 8-9)
This is a mandatory 1 hour session in which a trainee reviews scientific work that derives either from a clinical case (year 1) or a research problem or literature review (years 2 or 3). All the faculty attend it and provide feedback. The goal is to prepare the trainee to communicate effectively as a scientist and clinician.
Weekly Renal Fellows Basic Physiology Seminar (Thursday, 4:30-6:00 pm)
This is a didactic, informal, interactive 1½ hour conference for fellows. To encourage fellows to participate in an unpressured setting, only the faculty discussion leader attends. The conference is on a 2-year cycle. Each conference is led by a faculty member (clinical or basic) who is an expert in the field. The faculty engages the fellows in discussion of the topic without formal presentation of slides etc.
Weekly Hypertension, Kidney and Vascular Research Seminar
The institute hosts a multidisciplinary research seminar (Coordinator, William J. Welch, PhD) which focuses on hypertension, nephrology, vascular biology, and cardiovascular science. A senior basic or clinical research scientist provides a 1 hour seminar of original work. At the end of each academic year, the format is changed to research seminars by the research fellows. The PI uses proceeds from his endowed chair to fund a series of guest speakers many of whom act as visiting professors and devote a day to meet with faculty and fellows and critique research.
Medicine Department Conferences
All fellows attend medical ground rounds weekly. During the first year, they also attend the monthly clinical pathological conference, the weekly morbidity and mortality conference, and the Friday morning resident’s report where nephrology cases are discussed.