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University of Nebraska Medical Center

Core Curriculum

2022-23 Fellowship Series

Block 1: New fellow core material

  • Dialysis 1
  • Dialysis 2
  • Hyponatremia 
  • Intro to kidney transplant
  • Intro to kidney pathology
  • Acute kidney disorders
  • Hepatorenal Syndrome
  • Diabetic kidney disease 

New fellow procedure workshops

  • Urine microscopy
  • Dialysis catheter insertion workshop (sim lab)
  • Point-of-Care Ultrasound 1: Kidney
  • Point-of-Care Ultrasound 2: Thoracic
  • Point-of-Care Ultrasound 3: Cardiac
  • Kidney Biopsy (minimally embalmed cadaver lab)

Block 2: End-stage kidney disease and dialysis therapies

  • Dialysis 1 and 2 (intro block)
  • Management of hemodialysis patients and complications
  • Vascular access 1
  • Vascular access 2
  • PD prescriptions workshop
  • Home Hemodialysis
  • Water room and medical directorship

Block 3: Physiology and electrolytes

  • Renal Hemodynamics and GFR
  • Sodium/volume homeostasis
  • Water Homeostasis
  • Potassium regulation/disorders
  • Ca, Phos, and Mag disorders

Block 4: ICU and consultative nephrology

  • Hyponatremia (intro block)
  • Acute kidney injury (intro block)
  • Acid base disorders (intro block)
  • Hepatorenal syndrome (intro block)
  • Cardiorenal syndrome
  • Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
  • Extracorporeal management of poisoning/intoxication

Block 5: Transplant nephrology

  • Intro to kidney transplant (intro block)
  • Transplant recipient evaluation
  • Living kidney donation
  • Organ allocation issues/policy
  • Transplant immunology 1
  • Transplant immunology 2
  • Transplant infectious disease
  • Transplant management and non-infectious complications

Block 6: Hypertension and Chronic Kidney Disease

  • Hypertension 1
  • Hypertension 2
  • Chronic Kidney Disease, management and prevention
  • Bone mineral and metabolic bone disease
  • Diabetic kidney disease (intro block)

Block 7: Glomeruler diseases

  • Intro to kidney pathology (intro block)
  • Podocytopathies: FSGS and minimal change disease
  • Membranous nephropathy 
  • Vasculitis and thrombotic microangiopathy
  • MPGN and cryoglobulinemia
  • Clinical approach to ANCA vasculitis and lupus nephritis
  • IgA Nephropathy and other glomeruler diseases

Block 8: Special considerations

  • Social determinants of kidney health and outcomes
  • Geriatric Nephrology
  • Palliative and end of life care in nephrology
  • Nephrology in pregnancy
  • Pediatric nephrology

Block 9: Miscellaneous

  • Nephrolithiasis
  • Onconephrology
  • Hereditary kidney disorders
  • Renal cystic disorders
  • Plasmapheresis
  • Imaging in nephrology
  • Chronic interstitial tubulointerstitial diseases
  • Private practice nephrology
  • Biostatistics for the nephrologist