Conferences and Education

Monthly/weekly calendar of conferences

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
12-1 HTN JC

(1st Mon/month
Division biospy conference)
12-1 KydSap

(1st Tue/month
Fellows biopsy conference)


  12-1 IM Grand Rounds 12-1 Fellows curriculum conference
      1-2 FACE program (1x/month)

1-2 CRRT curriculum (1-2x/month)

1-2 In the Loop Physiology session (2x/month

Divisional/Departmental Conferences

The Division Hypertension and Journal Club conference meets the second and fourth Mondays of every month to discuss and critically appraise two articles prepared by two staff/fellows. During these sessions, state of the art talks are also given.

The first Monday of each month is our Division Pathology Biopsy Conference, in which our renal pathologists share results of recent biopsies for discussion and review.

In Renal Grand Rounds, held every Wednesday evening, a wide array of cases are discussed, including discussions centered on current issues in the transplant and consult services, as well as relevant clinical topics. In addition, multidisciplinary conferences are held with vascular surgeons to address issues in vascular access, renal artery stenosis, and other pertinent issues. The fellows also present their systems-based and quality-improvement projects during this time.

On Thursdays, Internal Medicine Grand Rounds is the weekly departmental conference, which includes discussions on innovative developments, comprehensive updates on key topics in internal medicine, as well as systems-based, clinical pathologic conferences.

Transplant Conferences

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
8-9 Transplant Listing Conference 8-9 Issues in Transplant CME      
  3-4 Biweekly Combined Transplant Patient Conference / Rounds     3-4 Biweekly Combined Transplant Patient Conference / Rounds

The Transplant multi-disciplinary listing conference is a 90-minute long conference held weekly where newly evaluated transplant candidates and living donors are presented for discussion and approval for transplantation. The Transplant Nephrology fellow will be responsible for presenting the new patients that he/she has evaluated with guidance from Transplant Nephrology Faculty. 

Issues in Transplantation CME conference is a weekly conference devoted solely to issues in solid organ transplantation. Presentations are given by Visiting Professors, by Transplant Center faculty and at least twice a year by the Transplant Nephrology fellow and cover a wide range of issues in the field. These Tuesday sessions are also used for Morbidity and Mortality conferences and for transplant related QAPI meetings. Attendees include faculty and trainees from Transplant Surgery, Transplant Nephrology, Transplant Hepatology, Transplant Infectious Diseases, Transplant Cardiology and Transplant Pulmonology.

Biweekly combined transplant patient conference/rounds is an hour-long conference attended by transplant surgery, transplant nephrology, infectious diseases and hepatology to review and discuss patients admitted to the multidisciplinary transplant floor. The Transplant Nephrology or General Nephrology Fellow presents the patients seen on the Transplant Nephrology Consult Service providing a brief discussion on at least one clinical problem relevant to the patients being managed.

Fellows Conferences

Kyd-Sap Sessions are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Fellows meet with a faculty facilitator to participate in 10 board review type questions. The sessions are designed to reinforce knowledge and clinical reasoning, key points, and test-taking skills.

The Fellows Pathology Conference is attended once monthly from September to June and provides the fellows with the opportunity to meet one on one with our renal pathologists to enhance skills in renal pathology and interpretation of renal biopsies.

The Internal Medicine Fellows’ Conferences are held every Thursday from September until June from 1-2 following IM Grand Rounds for all fellows in the Department of Internal Medicine. These include interdisciplinary topics like pain management, family meetings, quality improvement and safety, sleep deprivation and ethics. (PDF iconview schedule)

The In The Loop Conference is held on Thursdays from 1-2.  Generally, there will be an In The Loop conference twice per month.  These are physiology sessions held by Dr Lisa Antes. 

The Fellows Curriculum Conference is held every Friday. These conferences encompass core topics important to fellows in nephrology. The curriculum is designed to cover a two-year period. (PDF iconview sample schedule)

Program Director Meetings: The Program Director meets quarterly with the fellows to discuss issues and deliver updates.

Special Lecture Series


The Nephrology Division values the important role fellows assume as teachers. On the consult service, the fellow will have daily opportunities to teach medical students and residents. For those fellows interested in further enhancing their teaching skills or in pursuing a career in academic medicine, the fellow may apply to additional programs for study during the standard 2 year fellowship training program.

Masters of Medical Education

This degree offers the opportunity to develop a community of academic medical faculty with formal training in education who will create and sustain a culture of educational excellence within the College of Medicine, the university, and the medical education community at large. Read more about the MME program.

Fellows as Clinician Educators (FACE)

The FACE Program is designed to introduce future clinician-educators to a set of skills that may be of use in their career. The program presents concepts of educational design and research, lecture development, evaluation, observation, and feedback. At the conclusion of the program, FACE participants are required to develop a teaching portfolio.

Annual Annette Fitz Memorial Fellowship Lecture

This lecture is given in memory of the many contributions of Dr. Annette Fitz to our Nephrology Division and Department of Medicine for over 30 years until her untimely death in 1995. Dr. Fitz was a consummate educator and clinician and her life was dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and the desire to share that knowledge with her students at all levels of training.

In celebration of Dr. Fitz’s dedication to education, we annually challenge our renal fellows to identify a topic in Nephrology and a speaker whom they feel would most contribute to their own education and pursuit of knowledge.

December 18, 2019 - "Updates and Interesting Cases in Acid/Base and Electrolyte Disorders"
Dr. Biff Palmer

June 14, 2018 - "IgA Nephropathy where are we, where are we going?"
Dr. Richard LaFayette

June 14, 2017 - "Kidney Disease in Pregnancy"
Dr. Phyllis August

April 27, 2016 - "The Three Faces of FGF-23"
Dr. L Darryl Quarles

May 27, 2015 - "Onco-Nephrology: Can Targeted Therapy Toxicities Inform Renal Regeneration Strategies?"
Dr. Benjamin Humphreys

June 4, 2014 - "Membranous Nephropathy: New Insights Regarding Treatment"
Dr. Fernando Fervenza

June 19, 2013 - "Treatment of Membranous GN"
Dr. Patrick Nachman

John B. Stokes Renal Physicians Day

Purpose: To update physicians and other nephrology care providers in the new initiatives and advances in nephrology, discuss problems related to the practice of nephrology, and teach new approaches and therapies to treat patients with kidney disease.

Sponsored by: Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

Invited Faculty - Keynote Speakers

May 2, 2019 - "Kidney disease in African Americans: The genetic basis of a major health disparity"
Martin R. Pollak, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Nephrology
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

May 3, 2018 - "Update on Vasopressin V2-Receptor Blockade to Treat Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease"
Vicente Torres, MD, PhD
Professor, Nephrology and Hypertension
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

May 4, 2017 - "Transplant- transmitted infections. Let's talk about communication"
Rachel Miller, MD
Professor of Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, North Carolina

May 5, 2016 - "Treatment of Hypertension - 2016"
Jackson T. Wright, Jr. MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Program Director of the William T. Dahms MD Clinical Research Unit
Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative at Case Western Reserve University
Director of the Clinical Hypertension Program
Cleveland, Ohio

May 7, 2015 - "Renovascular Hypertension – Where Are We Now?"
Stephen C. Textor, MD
Professor of Medicine and Hypertension
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

May 1, 2014 - "Anion Gap Metabolic Acidosis- A “Graduate” Discussion"
Michael Emmett, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Internal Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

May 2, 2013 - "Is Dietary Protein a Risk Factor for Progression of Kidney Disease?"
Thomas D. DuBose, Jr, MD
Tinsley R. Harrison Professor and Chair of Internal Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

May 17, 2012 - "Genetics of Diabetic Nephropathy"
Katalin Susztak, MD
Associate Professor, Dept of Medicine
Division of Nephrology and Dept of Geriatrics
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, New York

May 5, 2011 - "Prevention of Kidney Stones"
Gary Curham, MD
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

May 6, 2010 - "Disorders of Mineral Metabolism and Survival in Kidney Disease"
Myles S. Wolf, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Miami Nephrology
Coral Gables, Florida

May 7, 2009 - "Update on the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Vasculitis"
Ronald J. Falk, MD
Chief, Division of Nephrology
Director, UNC Kidney Center
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, North Carolina