The program offers ample didactic opportunities for the fellows. Fellows have 3 conferences routinely every week.

Renal Grand Rounds - Tuesdays

  • Guest speakers from other institutions
  • Renal pathology review
  • Morbidity and mortality lecture
  • Faculty lectures on their research/clinical topics of interest including hypertension, ethics/palliative care, transplant, glomerulonephritis, and epidemiology/social determinants of health

Fellows Conference - Thursdays

  • Renal physiology
  • Journal club
  • Interesting case conference
  • Clinical Nephrology conference

Board Review Conference -  Fridays

  • Small group board review with NephSAP, KSAP, and AJKD Core Curriculum

National Conferences

Our fellows are encouraged and supported to attend national meetings. First year fellows have the opportunity to attend the National Kidney Foundation annual meeting in the Spring. Second year fellows are sent to the Columbia Renal Biopsy Course in NYC, as well as the American Society of Nephrology and Renal Physicians Association annual meeting. We also have funds to send fellows to other conferences and training courses depending on their interests to advance their careers. Previous fellows have attended Nephrology Business Leadership University, Home Dialysis University, CRRT University, Women in Nephrology, and KidneyCon.

Giving Conferences: Medical Education

Our fellows also have the opportunity to give several conferences, both within Nephrology and the Department of Medicine, as well as at the medical school. Fellows present case conference and journal clubs to the Nephrology division not only to advance their medical knowledge, but to get specific education on how to prepare and present information in an informative and interesting way. Fellows are given written feedback on all their presentations about their medical knowledge, review of information, quality of slides, and presentation skills. Dr. Bergeron has a special interest in medical education and is available for mentorship when preparing these presentations. As a department, we also give about 8 lectures a year to the internal medicine residents that fellows interested in teaching volunteer to give with the help of a faculty member on the basics of Nephrology. We also have more opportunities at the medical school level than can be listed here, from large lectures to small groups, from physiology to ethics.