The Nephrology Core Curriculum Conference Series spans 2 years; that is, each topic is covered at least once during a fellow's time in the program. The curriculum content is based on, but not limited to, the American Journal of Kidney Diseases core curriculum. All content from the curriculum will be covered throughout the training program, with subjects often covered in more than one setting, and not every subject will be delivered via didactic lecture. Sessions will be held weekly, with faculty and trainee attendance.
The Core Didactic Series covers:
- Renal physiology (based on Rose BD, Clinical Physiology of Acid-Base and Electrolyte Disorders)
- Dialysis basic and clinical topics (based on Daugirdas JT et al., Handbook of Dialysis)
- Transplantation basic and clinical topics (based on Danovitch GM, Handbook of Kidney Transplantation)
- The Series will also include reviews of National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (NFK KDOQI) guidelines as they are published.
- The program will use the NephSAP materials for question-based topic review.
- During July and August of each year, the conferences will cover content basic to the practice of nephrology, e.g. hemodialysis, hypertension, continuous renal replacement therapy. These sessions are dual purpose: to orient new trainees, and to reinforce best practices in senior trainees.
The Nephrology Fellows will also participate in the following conferences:
- Renal Society Meeting (monthly)
- Renal Journal Club (monthly - 2nd Thursday of the months 12:00-1:00 PM)
- Internal Medicine Grand Rounds (weekly - Wednesdays 8:00 AM)
- Internal Medicine Resident Lectures - Nephrology Series (3rd Wednesday of month 1:00-2:00 PM)
- Internal Medicine Morbidity and Mortality Case Conference (monthly - 1st Monday of each month 7:00 AM)
- Nephropathology Lectures (last Friday of month)
- VA Medical Center Hampton Didactics - Nephrology Lecture (Thursdays 8:00 AM)