In addition to their clinical care experiences, trainees participate in a number of conferences that provide training in didactic review of pathologic and pathophysiologic principles, literature review, laboratory and research theory, and decision-making in complicated and difficult cases. Ethical, medico-legal, cost containment, and quality assurance issues are discussed both during clinical rounds and at clinical conferences.
The Division of Nephrology Fellowship Program conference schedule includes:
Held Tuesday mornings at 8:30 a.m., faculty prepare reviews on pathophysiology, disease states, management issues, and scientific background of Nephrology.
Research Conference is held every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. to discuss research methodology, scientific approach, and study design. Faculty, fellows, and visiting professors present their recent work.
Held every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. to discuss the recent literature in a critical manner, faculty and fellow present articles of importance.
Harrington Rounds are the Division’s clinical conference held Friday at 2:00 p.m. to discuss the pathophysiologic, pathologic, ethical, and medical decision-making issues involved with challenging and complicated cases. Cases are selected, presented, and reviewed by clinical fellows on a rotating basis.
Pathology Conference is held every other month on Friday at 2:00 p.m. to review all kidney biopsies. Fellows provide a clinical overview of each case, with our renal pathologist explaining the histologic features.
Morbidity and Mortality Conference
Five times each year, clinical fellows will explore a quality improvement issue within our practice during a Morbidity and Mortality Conference. Fellows will either choose or be assigned a topic of patient care to review. A discussion about quality improvement follows.
Held every Wednesday at 8:00 a.m., Transplant Rounds is an opportunity to review transplant recipient and donor candidacy, discuss challenging transplant issues, and revise transplant protocols and policy.
Access Rounds is held every Thursday at 12:00 p.m. to review hemodialysis access issues in a multidisciplinary setting with Transplant Surgery and Interventional Radiology.
Every Friday at 9:30 a.m., DCI Rounds reviews hospitalized and recently discharged dialysis patients with a goal of coordinating inpatient and outpatient medical and nursing care. Additional topics of quality care in outpatient hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis are discussed with a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and dieticians.