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Teaching Conference Schedule

Fellows in the nephrology and hypertension fellowship program attend and present at various conferences to collaborate with one another and showcase their work to faculty, residents and students.

A major component of the educational program for the Nephrology Fellowship is the schedule of teaching conferences. Fellows are expected to attend and present regularly at these conferences, in which faculty, residents and students also participate. During these times, fellows' pagers are covered by their attendings so that they can participate without interruption. All didactic sessions are presented in-person as well as virtually for those that are off-campus.

Tuesdays, Noon-1 p.m. Salt and Water Conference (Weekly)

In this weekly clinic-pathological case conference, interesting and instructive cases from the clinical services are presented by the fellow with the guidance of the rounding attending. The audience is invited to suggest a differential diagnosis and approach to the work-up and initial treatment, after which any definitive diagnostic results, including kidney biopsy findings, are revealed. The presenting fellow then leads a discussion of pathophysiology and treatment options and reviews the pertinent literature. 

Panel of three nephrology scan images together

Tuesday, Noon-1 p.m.  Journal Club (last Tuesday of the month)

Fellows are assigned on a rotating basis to present and critically review a recently published clinical or basic science paper in nephrology and transplantation. A teaching faculty member is assigned primary responsibility for mentoring the fellow to prepare the presentation and to proctor the conference. The goals are to familiarize fellows with advanced research methods and train them to critically review published studies, to keep both fellows and faculty abreast of new developments in the field, and to provide a forum to debate their merits. 

Fellows sitting around table over lunch

Thursdays, Noon-1 p.m. Core Curriculum Conference (Weekly)

A didactic lecture series by the teaching faculty and designed to cover, over the course of two years, all of the required core knowledge content in nephrology, as recommended by the ACGME and the ASN.  

Professor stands in front of a projected diagram

Thursdays, Noon-1 p.m.  Renal Pathology Lab (Thursdays every other month)

Renal Pathology Lab is led by Dr. Timothy Fields, our outstanding renal pathologist and a talented educator, together with Dr. Jason Stubbs from nephrology. Sessions are held in a room with a 14-headed state-of-the-art digital microscope. Fellows and residents are taught about the clinical and pathological presentation of common and rare native and transplanted kidney diseases and trained in interpreting biopsy findings. 

Professor and students look into microscopes

Fridays, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  Sullivan Conference (weekly Nephrology Grand Rounds)

Sullivan Conference showcases state-of-the-art clinical and basic science advances in nephrology. Attendance is expected by all clinical and research faculty, fellows, residents, and students on service. The speakers include invited national and international visiting professors, and Division and Kidney Institute faculty. In addition, each fellow is expected to present one conference yearly, under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Image of a claudin structure of proteins

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University of Kansas Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Nephrology & Hypertension Division
Mailstop 3018
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160

Nephrology Fellowship
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