Program Overview

The curriculum is offered over thirteen four-week blocks each year.  In the first year of the program, residents are provided with a broad range of experience in the various aspects of general nephrology.  The year includes four Ambulatory Clinic rotations covering peritoneal dialysis, transplantation, and chronic kidney disease, in addition to two Hemodialysis rotations.  

The ward and consult rotations in the first year offer experience in acute management of nephrology patients, emergency care and emergency procedures such as biopsy, plasma exchange, dialysis initiation (peritoneal, hemodialysis, or continuous hemodialysis) and placement of hemodialysis catheters, both permanent and temporary.  Residents function at a junior consultant level, but receive considerable one-on-one interaction with the faculty.  They are expected to see all patients first, or review patients seen by ward residents first, and then present their management plan to faculty. 

A longitudinal general nephrology clinic runs continuously throughout the year and enables residents to make all clinical decisions on patients they see, with input from staff.  They are also responsible for on-going follow up.  Residents function at a junior consultant level, and receive considerable one-on-one interaction with the faculty. 

In the second year of the program, residents consolidate their skills in general nephrology.  They also pursue a variety of subspecialty experiences designed to allow a more in-depth exploration of special areas of nephrology and the associated services that are utilized in nephrology practice. 

Residents attend compulsory teaching sessions in Renal Pathology, in addition to further ambulatory clinics and ward/consult rotations.  There is an increased level of responsibility and residents function as Junior Attendings.

The curriculum in the second year is deliberately flexible so that residents can pursue areas of specific interest and enhance their future career opportunities. 

Residents have the option to pursue a number of local and off-site electives including Pediatric Nephrology, Urology, Radiology, Pathology, and Renal Transplantation.