Divisional/Departmental and Educational Conferences

Weekly Calendar

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

12-1 PM
Division Conference
(weeks 3 and 4)

Bipsy/Pathology Conference (week 1)

12-1 PM
POCUS training

12-1 PM
Fellow Core Blocks

11:30 AM-1 PM
CRRT simulation training (5x/year)

PD Training (5x/year)

1-2 PM
POCUS training (set time q 5 weekly)

1-2 PM
Dept of IM interdisciplinary Fellows Conference (twice monthly)

12-1 PM
Fellows Corner Check-In
(weekly, bi-monthly first 2 months)

PD Meeting (quarterly)

      1-2:30 PM once monthly Sept to May
F2 Fellows FACE program

Division and Departmental Conferences

The Division Conference is held three times per month.  During 2 of these sessions, journal club articles are critically appraised and a wide array of cases/state of the art presentations are held. In addition, guest speakers are invited to this conference and the senior fellows present their research and scholarly activity projects at the end of second year.  During one of these sessions, Pathology Biopsy Conference is held, in which our renal pathologists share results of recent biopsies for discussion and review

The Internal Medicine Fellows Conference is held twice monthly from Sept to May for all the fellows in the department of internal medicine and offers a shared curriculum.

Fellows Education Conferences

Fellows Core Blocks

The Core lecture series is the backbone of didactic education for the Nephrology fellowship program. It consists of more than 80 lectures over two years covering major concepts, treatments, diseases, complications, and molecular and physiological mechanisms of kidney medicine. The majority of lectures are prepared and presented by the core nephrology faculty with invited lecturers from Pathology, Apheresis, Palliative Medicine, Urology, Genetic Counseling, Gastroenterology, and other subspecialties. The curriculum spans the full 2 years of nephrology fellowship with yearly presentation of core topics early in the academic year (i.e. dialytic modalities, emergencies, urine electrolyte analysis, GFR estimation). The curriculum has been revised yearly and underwent significant overhaul in 2023.  

In addition to the Core lecture series, fellows participate in Morbidity and Mortality conferences, an Ultrasound curriculum, CRRT hands-on practical series, PD lecture series, and fellow-prepared Renal Best Practices lectures.

POCUS: Renal Ultrasound Curriculum

The 5 US sessions are on Thursdays at 1 PM. They are split into basics and advanced sessions. Here are the dates, with alternate dates in case the fellows are on A or vacation and cannot make the session.

Session 1: 08/10/23         (alt 08/17, 08/24, 08/31, 09/07)
Session 2: 10/19/23         (alt 10/26, 11/02, 11/09, 11/16)
Session 3: 12/28/23        (alt 01/04, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25)
Session 4: 03/07/24         (alt 03/14, 03/21, 03/28, 04/04)
Session 5: 05/16/24         (alt 05/23, 05/30, 06/06, 06/13)

All first year fellows are expected to attend these 5 Basic Ultrasound sessions.  In addition to these sessions conducted by the internal medicine residency program, there will be 2-3 advanced sessions in the spring (once you have some comfort with the machine) that we will set up with Dr. Rappaport on Tuesdays. These will include 2 sessions for static and dynamic volume status assessment with VExUS, which will be more advanced than the topics addressed in the resident sessions.

CRRT Education and Simulation

CRRT simulations will be conducted 2-3 times per year.  Fellows and ARNPs will be expected to participate in simulated clinical scenarios and troubleshooting as well as demonstrate knowledge of the CRRT machine, including vascular access, patient fluid management and emergency situations.  The CRRT education team consists of adult (Lisa Antes, Ben Griffin) and pediatric (Kyle Merrill) nephrologists and pediatric nurses (MaryLee Neuberger, Jen Ehrlich) and ARNPs (Brynna VanWyck).


Fellows Advanced Education Opportunities

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.

Additional Educational Opportunities

Renal Board Review

The ASN Board Review was purchased for all fellows to use.  The questions are designed for the fellows to reinforce knowledge and clinical reasoning, key points, and test-taking skills.

Transplant Conferences

Mon Tue Fri
7:30-8:30 AM
Review of Potential Living Donors
8-9 AM
Issues in Transplantation CME
1-3 PM
Transplant Listing conference
  3-4 Biweekly Combined Transplant Patient Conference / Rounds 3-4 PM
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, hepatology, Physician Assistants, pharmacy staff, social works and nurse coordinators 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.