Renal Fellowship Conferences

Renal Boot Camp
Each year starts with an intense fellows’ boot camp, a daily conference series that lasts for 2 months and focuses on fundamental topics in nephrology.  The focus is on providing new fellows with key information to survive renal consult service and clinic. Topics covered include AKI, principles of dialysis, fluids and electrolytes, acid-base physiology, etc.

Renal Lecture Series
Our daily lecture series is led by a faculty member and provides fellows with a deeper understanding of pathophysiology and clinical practice in core areas of renal medicine.  These lectures act as the primary supplement to the training fellows receive through their rotations.

Journal Club
Fellows gain experience presenting and critically appraising articles from a variety of nephrology journals (CJASN, AJKD, Kidney International, etc). The focus is on data interpretation, validity of conclusions, and potential application to nephrology practice. Fellows present on a rotating basis, usually in a one-hour session followed by a group discussion of the literature.

Renal Grand Rounds
These clinical conferences take place approximately every 2 weeks and give fellows the opportunity to present to peers and faculty on important topics or interesting cases. Fellows present in a one-hour session on a rotating basis.

Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
Our fellows stay up to date on evolving topics pertaining to areas outside of their core practice. These weekly conferences give fellows an opportunity to hear lectures from faculty from other departments as well as renowned guest speakers.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference
Fellows in their second year present a case history and identify an adverse outcome, followed by a review of the relevant literature. The focus of this conference is on identifying systems-based problems that can lead to adverse events and discussing possible solutions.

Renal Pathology Conference
Key renal pathology faculty moderate this conference by giving in-depth presentations of renal biopsy slides covering the spectrum of renal pathology. Cases are chosen for presentation from the clinical service’s biopsy specimens. Conferences take place once or twice monthly.

Renal Jeopardy
Held every couple of months, this is a jeopardy game-style conference stimulating competitive learning in a fun environment for the fellows.

Renal Board Review
Didactic conferences held for the second year fellows and led by faculty members. The spread of topics cover ABIM exam topics in preparation for certification after fellowship completion. Board review is typically held twice a month throughout of the year.

One of the highlights of the first year, this is a 3-day course focused on improving fellows’ communications skills. Fellows practice giving bad news, addressing prognosis, and assisting with treatment decision making. Course is moderated by both nephrology and palliative care.

Division of Renal-Electrolyte Academic Offices

A919 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
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