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Program overview

As our nephrology fellow, you’ll be immersed in a challenging program that includes extensive clinical experience, training in communication and an extensive conference schedule. Your training will include:

  • Weekly didactic lectures delivered by attending staff and fellows 
  • Weekly workshops with practice of high-yield topics in nephrology using a board-review style question-and-answer approach
  • Monthly journal club
  • Monthly renal biopsy conferences alternating native renal pathology cases with transplant pathology cases (in conjunction with the Department of Pathology)
  • Monthly research conferences where fellows present research-in-progress
  • Monthly clinical pathological conferences, where a fellow presents a case, the clinical course and outcome followed by a brief review of the disease entity with its management
  • Monthly grand rounds on important topics in medicine, delivered by visiting professors
  • Monthly renal grand rounds with visiting speakers
  • Co-specialty conferences
  • Weekly transplant conferences to review candidates

Other program highlights

  • A didactic curriculum that’s refreshed each year to include high-yield topics with an emphasis on clinical reasoning and interactive learning
  • 24-hour ancillary support, freeing physicians from routine tasks, including phlebotomy, IV, radiology and patient transport
  • A robust electronic medical record in place for decades 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

  • Annual Mid-Atlantic First Year Renal Fellows’ Symposium at the Gift of Life Institute in Philadelphia
  • 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
    • Central line simulation course
    • Renal biopsy simulation course
  • Bioethics seminar
  • Cognitive skills course
  • Patient experience training
  • Patient safety workshop
  • Baxter Health Care: PD/CRRT workshops
  • Curriculum vitae writing workshops
  • Annual Resident and Fellow Scholarship Day