The fellowship is 24 months in duration with a majority of that time devoted to hands-on clinical training. During the 24 months, each fellow will complete:
- 15 months of inpatient nephrology consultation
- 7 months inpatient transplant service
- 2 months research time
- 1 month vacation per year
Time is spent evenly between SBMC and NBIMC. Fellows on inpatient service are expected to attend daily rounds. Fellows review renal biopsies, laboratory values, and radiologic imaging for their patients. Weekly case conferences and journal clubs are expected. Fellows also spend significant time teaching the medical house staff and students.
Nephrology Fellowship Clinics
Fellows participate in four clinics during the fellowship:
Renal Hypertension Clinic
All fellows will spend one half day each week in the continuity clinic when rotating through Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. This clinic is supervised by a nephrology attending physician, with whom each case will be discussed. Fellows will become familiar with diagnosis and management of chronic kidney disease.
All fellows will rotate through Renal Transplant Clinic on both campuses. They will become familiar with post renal transplant care, transplant dysfunction, and post-transplant infectious diseases.
Peritoneal Dialysis Clinic
Fellows at NBIMC will attend monthly peritoneal dialysis clinic at Hillside Dialysis Center.
Private Practice Office
Fellows at SBMC will attend the private practice office of the faculty weekly to learn about management of chronic kidney disease.
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Nephrology Fellowship Lectures and Conferences
Medical Grand Rounds - weekly
Journal Club - weekly
Research Lectures - monthly
Fellows will be expected to summarize their progress on their research topics.
Nephsap Review - every other month
Fellows will be expected to read Nephsap volumes on the most current Nephrology research and answer the corresponding exam.
Case Conference - weekly
Fellows on inpatient consult service will be expected to present an interesting case and review the literature about the particular clinical entity.
Attending Lecture Series - weekly, covering a core curriculum in Nephrology.
Pathology Conference - weekly
Fellows will meet with an attending renal pathologist to review pathology in current cases, as well as review comprehensive disease entities.
House staff and Medical Student Lectures - monthly
Fellows will lecture both house staff and medical students in a formal setting on a variety of topics on a monthly basis.
Interdisciplinary Transplant Rounds - daily
When on transplant service, fellows will meet with transplant surgeons, dieticians, social workers, floor nurses, and pharmacists for and interdisciplinary approach to the inpatient transplant service.
Quality Indicator Conferences at Parkside Dialysis Center - monthy
Fellows attend conferences at the outpatient dialysis center, to learn about quality indicators and goals for the outpatient dialysis population.
American Society of Nephrology (ASN) - annual meeting in November
Senior fellows attend this conference and have an opportunity to network as well.
National Kidney Foundation - annual meeting
Fellows present abstracts at this annual meeting.
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Nephrology Fellowship Schedules
Fellows are expected to be at the hospital from 8 am until 5 pm. Any late arrival or early leave must be preapproved by the program director.
On-call responsibilities are distributed evenly among four fellows. Fellows will be on call two weekday nights during the week. Fellows will be on call for the weekend once a month, beginning Friday night and lasting until Monday morning. Fellows will work with the attending on call, notifying them at 5 pm that they are on call. Formal sign-out rounds will occur every afternoon between the fellows on different services. Call will be taken during research block. Call will not be scheduled during vacation time.
Vacation should be split equally between campuses, two weeks at each site. Only one fellow may be on vacation at a time. If emergencies (maternity leave, family leave, etc.) coincide with a scheduled vacation, vacation may only be taken as a two-week block.
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