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Renal Consult Service:

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Nephrology fellows are assigned to the inpatient University consult service for 3 months during the first year and 1 month during the second year. The service is composed of several team members which include the fellow, an attending Nephrologist as well as medical students and residents assigned to the rotation. Consults are seen and evaluated initially by the fellow or other team member, and then discussed with the attending physician The Fellow or team member will follow – up on all active consults and participate in the ongoing evaluation and management. The Service provides the fellow with extensive exposure to a variety of inpatient nephrology related issues including acute kidney injury, electrolyte disturbances, glomerulonephritis as well as the care of critically ill individuals requiring CRRT. Team meetings are conducted in a state-of-the-art learning environment.

Transplant Service:

Transplant.jpgNephrology fellows are assigned to the inpatient transplant service for 3 months during the first year and 1 month during the second year. The service is composed of several team members which include the fellow, a transplant nephrologist as well as residents and medical students. While the team primarily completes new consults and follow-up on kidney transplant patients, the team is also involved in the care of a variety of transplant patients including pancreas, liver and bone marrow recipients. On average, 50-60 kidney transplants are conducted at the facility on a yearly basis. The educational focus includes management of kidney transplant related issues including induction therapy, treatment of rejection as well as complications related to chronic immunosuppression. During the rotation, fellows also participate outpatient transplant clinics including new patient evaluations and follow-up.

End Stage Renal Disease Service:

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Nephrology fellows are assigned to the inpatient ESRD service for 2 months during the first year as well as 2 months during the second year. During the rotation, the fellow works on a one-on-one basis with an attending nephrologist to provide consultative care to ESRD patients admitted to the hospital for a variety of issues. The educational focus during the rotation includes management of nephrological issues in patients with end-stage renal disease including volume management, anemia, secondary hyperparathyroidism and hypertension. The rotation provides fellows the opportunity to develop a level of comfort in writing inpatient dialysis prescriptions for both hemodialysis as well as peritoneal dialysis.

Clinic Rotation:

Clinic.jpgNephrology fellows are assigned to 3 months of the clinic rotation as first years and 1 month as second year fellows. During the rotation, fellows are assigned a half a day of clinic with different nephrologist in the division. This allows the fellow to experience a variety of different approaches clinical issues. Many attendings specialize in certain areas of nephrology such as glomerulonephritis, hypertension or nephrolithiasis which allows the fellow greater exposure to these topics. The second half of this day is unassigned with the expectation that the fellow be given a substantial amount of time to read and incorporate this information into their daily notes.

Advanced Clinical Studies (ACS):

Fellow Rotation.jpgNephrology fellows are assigned to 4 months of ACS during their second year. During this month, fellow's participate in weekly continuity clinics and are also assigned a single second half day clinic per week. The remainder of the time is left to the discretion of the fellow to work on a variety of projects: case reports or other publications, fellow presentations, board preparation, or other academic projects.

Pediatric Nephrology Rotation:

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This block is offered during the second year of fellowship. This non-call rotation provides an important exposure to various inherited renal diseases and disorders common in childhood, this block consists of in-patient and ambulatory components, and is essential for educating a well-rounded adult nephrologist.