Conferences + Lectures

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:

Fellows Conference
Held Tuesday mornings at 8:30 a.m., faculty prepare reviews on pathophysiology, disease states, management issues, and scientific background of Nephrology.

Research Conference
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.

Journal Club
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
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
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.

Transplant Rounds
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
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.

DCI Rounds
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.