Medical student education
Our division offers third and fourth-year electives in Nephrology. The Nephrology Clinical Clerkship is a four-week hospital-based clerkship that emphasizes the pathophysiology of renal disorders and focuses on the application to commonly encountered clinical problems. Medical students will spend their time on the Acute Nephrology consultative service in which they will examine patients, prepare and present work-ups, and review patients with fellows and attending physicians.
On the inpatient Nephrology service, residents will learn to assess and treat patients with a variety of acute kidney diseases and help manage critically ill patients in the intensive care units, and those on chronic dialysis. Residents may also opt to rotate through different half-day outpatient Nephrology clinics, learning how to manage patients with chronic kidney disease, hypertension, electrolyte derangements, kidney stones, and glomerular disease. The residents work with a different attending each half day to get exposure to different areas of expertise and approaches to common (and less common) renal diagnoses.
Clinical fellows participate in a two-year program that emphasizes mastery of a core understanding of renal disease and its management through a rich series of didactic curricula, clinical case, and pathology conferences, and journal clubs. Opportunities are provided for fellows to develop an area of concentration, participate in research, or engage in scholarly activities. For those fellows with a particular interest in medical education, there are multiple opportunities to engage in medical student teaching. They can serve as small-group leaders during the Renal Module for M1 students, or as Problem-Based Learning facilitators for M1 and M2 students in a variety of organ-based courses.