Didactics

We offer an extensive conference schedule to supplement the clinical and research experience:

  • Weekly didactic lectures: Attending staff and fellows deliver didactic lectures (fellows with staff oversight).
  • Weekly workshops with practice of high-yield topics in nephrology using a board review style question and answer approach.
  • Journal club monthly
  • Renal biopsy conferences: Bi-monthly conferences alternating native renal pathology cases with transplant pathology cases. (in conjunction with department of pathology)
  • Research conference: monthly conference with fellows presenting research-in-progress
  • Clinical pathological conference: Monthly case conference where a fellow presents a case, the clinical course and outcome followed by a brief review of the disease entity with its management
  • Grand rounds: Weekly lecture series of important topics in medicine featuring visiting professors
  • Co-specialty conferences: combined with rheumatology and endocrinology
  • Transplant conference: weekly to review transplant candidates

Program highlights

  • Didactic curriculum revamped yearly to include high yield topics with emphasis on clinical reasoning, and interactive learning.  
  • 24-hour ancillary support, freeing physicians from routine tasks, including phlebotomy, IV, radiology and patient transport
  • Robust electronic medical record in place for nearly 20 years and used in all aspects of clinical care, including data review, order entry, and all charting
  • Internal funding support for research activities, including reimbursement for accepted presentations

Additional educational experiences
In addition to our ongoing didactics, there are several additional educational opportunities offered to our fellows. Some of these include:

  • Annual Mid-Atlantic First Year Renal Fellows’ Symposium at the Gift of Life Institute in Philadelphia, PA
  • Annual Postgraduate Medicine Course Renal Biopsy in Medical Diseases of the Kidneys. Columbia University
  • Nephrotalk: Annual Communication Workshop for Nephrology Fellows
  • Fundamentals of critical care (FCCS) training at Geisinger.
  • Simulation training:
          - Standardized patient sessions, designed to enhance communication skills and to  evaluate clinical skills
          - Central Line Simulation Course
          - Renal Biopsy Simulation Course
  • Bioethics seminar
  • Cognitive skills course
  • Patient experience training
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) writing workshops
  • Annual Resident and Fellow Scholarship Day