Our Nephrology Program is resident-centred and is designed to provide an educational environment under which the Resident thrives and is provided extensive exposure to both ambulatory and in-patient Nephrology care.
At the beginning of the PGY-4 year we immediately start a weekly half day orientation Summer Education Series which covers some core topics in Nephrology that are critical for a new trainee to be exposed to. This Summer Education Series lasts for 8-weeks and all of the PGY-4 Nephrology Fellows are protected from clinical duties for these sessions. The topics covered during this Summer Education Series include:
- Hemodialysis Prescription
- Continuous venovenous hemodiafiltration
- Peritoneal Dialysis Prescription
- Introduction to Renal Pathology
- Hands on experience with PD equipment and review of PET testing
- Hands on experience with the Hemodialysis Machine
- Hands on experience with the PRISMAFLEX Machine
Throughout the Nephrology Fellowship, we have a regular weekly Academic Half Day, during which, case-based seminars are given by the staff Nephrologists on topics encompassing Renal Physiology, Transplant Immunology, Clinical Transplantation, Nephrotic/Nephritic Syndromes, Hereditary Renal Disease, Renal Stone Disease and Renal Replacement Therapy. We also run a 1-year Dialysis
Course that focuses on excellence in dialysis education. In addition to this, we have bi-monthly Renal Biopsy Rounds in which interesting cases are reviewed with our Staff Pathologists. A bi-monthly General Nephrology Journal Club provides training in critical appraisal, and not only looks at diagnostic and therapeutic trials, but also focuses on ethical and resource-related articles and issues. We also have monthly Transplantation Journal Clubs and quarterly Plasmapheresis Journal Clubs, which provide further educational opportunities to our Fellows. In addition to this, we have 4 visiting Professors a year who spend “one-on-one” time with the Fellows. The Fellows are protected from clinical duties for these sessions.
Our program is dedicated to interventional nephrology and all nephrology trainees get trained
In temporary dialysis catheter insertion, perm cath removal and native and transplant biopsies.
Fellows with a further interest in interventional nephrology will have the opportunity to also receive
Training in perm cath insertions and rewires, as well as PD catheter insertion.