Education and Conferences
UNMC Nephrology Fellowship Program Conferences and Educational Activities

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.
Core Curriculum Didactic Series  

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.

Core Curriculum

Journal Club  

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.

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Board Review  

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.

Renal Pathology Conference  
A monthly conference led by Dr. Kirk Foster, one of the renal pathologists at UNMC.  During this conference, interesting pathologic cases are presented, and fellows have the opportunity to determine a diagnosis based on the pathologic images.  These conferences are highly educational and allow fellows to gain experience in interpreting renal biopsies, recognizing normal renal histology, and diagnosing renal pathology.
Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Workshops  

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.

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Nephrology Research Conference  

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.

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Renal-Rheum Conference  

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. 

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Kidney Biopsy Cadaver Lab  

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.

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Central Venous Catheter Simulation Laboratory Experience  

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.

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Renal Potpourri  

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. 

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Fellow Presentations  

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.

M&M - QI Conference  

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.

Transplant Biopsy Conference  

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.

Transplant Patient Activity Conference  

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.

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Transplant Multidisciplinary Patient Selection Conference  

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  

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. 

Clinical Research Symposium  

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.

Cellular and Integrative Physiology Research Conference  

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.