Lectures and Conferences

Core Curriculum Lecture Series

Each session is led by a faculty member from Nephrology or a related discipline, who has a particular expertise or interest in the topic area; fluids and electrolytes, calcium and phosphorous metabolism, acid-base physiology, hypertension, glomerular disease, chronic dialysis, aspects of transplantation, molecular biology, and genetics. This conference is held most Mondays at noon.

Journal Club

Faculty members along with nephrology fellows are assigned on a rotating basis to present clinical or basic science literature with relevance to cardiovascular disease, nephrology and transplantation. Journal club meets the 2nd  Wednesday of every month.

Clinical Case Conference

Cases are presented by the nephrology fellow or internal medicine resident on the clinical services with the guidance of the rounding attending. The presenting house officer then leads a discussion of pathophysiology and treatment options for the case presented. Pertinent literature should be reviewed and discussed. The presentation and discussion of each case lasts for approximately 20 minutes, allowing ample time for discussion. This is also the conference where issues regarding morbidity and mortality of patients in the hospital and clinics are discussed.

Fellow Presentations

Both clinical and basic science topics pertinent to nephrology are presented. The nephrology fellows will generally present three conferences yearly. The topic and direction of discussion will be guided by a faculty-mentor. Content should represent an organized, focused review of the clinical and basic science information pertinent to a chosen topic. The nephrology fellows' presentations should be gauged to last approximately 45 minutes allowing the remaining fifteen minutes for questions and answers.

Research Conference

This conference occurs monthly. Local and national experts present clinical and or basic science research. Fellows and faculty may also present "research in progress".

Transplant Research Conference

This conference occurs each Wednesday at noon, and is sponsored by the Department of Surgery. Experts in the field of solid organ transplantation from inside and outside of the Institution present.

Multi-Disciplinary Transplant Conference

A "working" conference reviews all patients being evaluated for kidney and combined kidney and pancreas transplants that have been seen within the prior two weeks in the inpatient or outpatient setting at UNMC.

Renal Pathology Conferences

Native Kidney Biopsy

This conference occurs on the first Thursday of each month. The most interesting native kidney biopsy cases from the prior month are presented. The clinical history is presented by the fellow performing the biopsy. Faculty from Renal Pathology review the light microscopic, immunofluorescence and electron microscopic findings.

Transplant Kidney Biopsy

This "working" conference occurs each Friday following Internal Medicine Grand Rounds. All cases from the week are reviewed with Renal Pathology, Transplant Surgery and Transplant Nephrology.

Clinical Research Symposium

The Clinical Research Symposium is sponsored by the Clinical Research Center. It is a total of two weeks long and held one week in September and one week in January. The symposium is aimed at giving participants a broad overview of the clinical research process, including study design, statistical design and analysis, ethical issues, and the Institutional Review Board application policy and procedures. All first year fellows are required to attend this symposium. Fellows are excused from clinical responsibilities during this time.

Internal Medicine Grand Rounds

Internal Medicine Grand Rounds occur each Friday at noon.

Cellular and Integrative Physiology Research Conference