We have developed a wide range of educational activities for our fellows. All of these activities are designed to be high yield, educational, and enjoyable. Click on any of the activities below to learn more about our conferences and educational activities.
This fellow-focused educational series aims to cover all aspects of nephrology over the course of a year. The sessions are led by nephrology (or ancillary) faculty with a particular expertise in a given area. Topics range from electrolyte disorders, physiology, transplantation, glomerular disease, dialysis, hypertension, genetics, nutrition, etc. Generally this conference is held once per week.
Fellows and faculty present interesting and impactful journal articles at this monthly conference. Journal club provides the opportunity to debate the merits and limitations of a study, as well as discuss the potential application of a given study to clinical practice. Both clinical and basic research articles may be presented.
Dr. Florescu leads the fellows in this monthly board review series. The aim of these sessions is to work through numerous board-style questions in order to improve understanding of the material and gain familiarity with testable nephrology-related concepts.
Fellows will receive dedicated hands-on instruction regarding the power and utility of POCUS in nephrology. Fellows participate in multiple POCUS workshops led by Dr. Ryan Mullane and Dr. Jared Marx. Fellows will develop proficiency in ultrasound assessment of the renal-urinary system, cardiac assessment, and develop skills in using POCUS to enhance volume assessment. In addition to these workshops, ultrasound probes, tablets, and ultrasound equipment dedicated for fellow use are readily available and incorporated during rounds.
The latest in Nephrology research will be discussed during a monthly meeting led by faculty, fellows, or guest speakers who are local or national experts in renal research. Updates on ongoing as well as new projects in the division will be reviewed in an open discussion. Information from the Department of Internal Medicine Research Council will also be shared at the meetings to disseminate research opportunities, award mechanisms and other UNMC research news. Overall, the aim of the monthly research meeting is to encourage and engage Nephrology faculty and trainees in the performance of clinical and translational research and to review recent scientific and clinical research advancements.
This combined, multidisciplinary catered lunch conference is attended by faculty and fellows from the nephrology and rheumatology division, as well as a renal pathologist. Interesting cases that highlight the important overlap between nephrology and rheumatology are discussed at these conferences.
With instruction from a nephrology faculty, fellows have the opportunity to enhance their skills and comfort level in performing ultrasound-guided renal biopsies in the cadaver lab. This laboratory experience helps fellows develop biopsy skills and technique in a low-stress setting.
Sessions are held at the UNMC Clinical Simulation Lab in which fellows have the opportunity to hone their skills in inserting dialysis catheters using a realistic patient manikin. We are excited about further enhancing this experience once construction of the beautiful Davis Global Center is completed, which will become the new headquarters for iEXCEL, a visionary and world class program designed to provide transformative and innovative educational experiences.
One fellow and one faculty member present an interesting case at this monthly conference. The presenter leads a discussion regarding salient teaching points from the case. This conference is a great chance to discuss rare or unusual cases/presentations, but also can be used to discuss nuances of more common conditions.
Once per year, a nephrology fellow chooses a clinical or basic science nephrology topic of interest, and gives a presentation overview of the topic. These presentations allow fellows to develop an expertise over the material presented. A faculty mentor is available to assist with development and direction of the topic.
Twice per year, we meet to perform a Root Cause Analysis where issues regarding morbidity and mortality of patients in the hospital or clinic will be discussed. Issues regarding patient safety and quality improvement processes are discussed during these sessions.
Each week, all renal transplant biopsies from the prior week are reviewed by members of the transplant team and a renal pathologist. The fellow on the transplant service attends these conferences, and the other fellows are welcome to attend as well. During this conference, both the diagnosis and management plan are discussed.
A fellow-led monthly conference attended by multidisciplinary members of the transplant team created to provide a forum to discuss interesting admissions from the past month as well as relevant details regarding patients admitted for a new transplant. This is an interactive conference aimed to review the educational opportunities associated with patient admissions with input from the multidisciplinary team.
This weekly “working” conference reviews patients who are undergoing evaluation for a kidney +/- pancreas transplant who were seen during the prior week. The fellow on the transplant service is able to attend and contribute to the discussion of patients’ candidacy for transplantation.
Internal Medicine Grand Rounds occurs each Friday over the lunch hour. Routinely, topics pertinent to nephrology are presented either by UNMC faculty or by invited outside faculty.
During the first year of fellowship, fellows attend the UNMC Clinical Research Symposium which is sponsored by the Clinical Research Center. This week long 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. Fellows are given protected time to attend this conference without daily inpatient clinical service duties during this week.
This weekly conference often discusses topics pertinent to renal and cardiovascular physiology. Fellows are encouraged to attend during weeks when nephrology related topics are discussed.