Fellows are required to take part in a number of conferences, including, but not limited to the following:
Renal Grand Rounds
Renal Grand Rounds is a weekly conference dedicated to learning about new developments in clinical nephrology or advances in the basic or clinical science of nephrology. Speakers are drawn from the Division of Nephrology or other Divisions and Departments within the University of Maryland. We also host distinguished guest speakers from other academic institutions. Topics range from molecular and cellular mechanisms of renal function or disease to clinical aspects of general and transplant nephrology.
Fellows' Weekly Conference
This series is held on Thursdays. The conferences are comprised of four recurring themes. The first week of the month is dedicated to journal club as detailed in the next section. The second week is a didactic lecture by a faculty member that covers topics specified in the core curriculum. The fellows present an “M&M” case report in the third week. For this activity, the fellow chooses a “lessons learned” case that he/she has encountered on either inpatient or outpatient services, and reviews the relevant literature, lessons learned as well as root-cause analysis of the event. The last week of the month is dedicated to discussion of board-type questions. Questions from NephSap are a major resource for these sessions.
The nephrology journal club is a forum for discussion of new and important research in nephrology and related scientific fields. The trainees present a clinical or basic science paper under the guidance of a faculty member and present it in Fellows’ Weekly Conference. Through this experience trainees learn to critically evaluate research articles with the guidance of experienced faculty.
Transplant nephrology faculty in collaboration with transplant surgery division conducts a weekly Transplant Conference. A wide variety of topics in transplant immunology and transplant medicine are discussed by internal and guest speakers.
Transplant Morbidity and Mortality Conference
These weekly multidisciplinary meetings are devoted to discussion of transplant patients admitted to the hospital or have acute issues managed as outpatient The reason for admission, course of action and outcomes are discussed. A major objective of these meetings is to improve the quality of care that is provided to complicated transplant patients.
Renal Pathology Conference
To be able to interpret renal pathology proficiently and understand clinical pathologic correlations, the fellows have intense exposure to renal pathology by attending weekly Transplant Biopsy Meetings on Fridays and monthly Native Kidney Biopsy Meetings on the last Wednesday of the month. In the former, all the kidney and pancreas transplant biopsies of the week are reviewed and discussed in a multidisciplinary fashion. In the latter, the interesting native renal biopsies of the month, either performed in the Medical Center or referred from community nephrologists, are reviewed in detail by the nephron-pathologist and discussed by the nephrology faculty. We are fortunate to have a renal pathologist on site who is available to discuss cases “one-on-one” as needed.
Fellows’ Research Conference
Fellows present their research in an interactive forum, discussing the hypothesis and objective of their research, research protocols, data analysis and interpretation, and report on their progress. The participating research faculty provide guidance to assist the fellows in advancing their project.