MED 808-V Renal Diseases, 4 credits

Note: A “V” after the module in the class schedule indicates VA Medical Center as the site.

This rotation is designed to afford the students the opportunity to acquire necessary skills for the evaluation of patients with renal disease, fluid and electrolyte abnormalities, and hypertension. The students will be expected to evaluate and follow one to three new consultations per week. The patient mix will be comprised of those with acute and chronic renal failure, hypertension, and fluid or electrolyte abnormalities. Rounds will be made regularly with an attending physician, the renal fellow, and house officers assigned to the renal service. The students will attend the renal hypertension clinic, which meets weekly. This will afford the students the opportunity to examine and follow outpatients with renal disease and/or hypertension.

Conferences: The students are encouraged to attend morning report at the VA Medical Center. Monthly renal biopsy conferences, journal clubs, transplant conference, and research conference are held on Tuesday afternoons.  A series of lectures and case presentations are held weekly which review many basic areas of nephrology. The students are urged to attend these conferences, which are held on Friday mornings at the VA Medical Center.

Combined Conferences: The students are encouraged to attend quarterly grand rounds held at the University at Buffalo.

Seminars: Each hospital arranges a schedule under the direction of the renal fellow and attending physician of a group of topics to be presented and discussed. This gives the student the opportunity to prepare an in-depth review of at least one topic on nephrology during the course of the elective.

At the conclusion of this rotation, students should know the basic approach to evaluation and treatment of the patient with renal disease or hypertension and fundamentals of renal pathology.

Prerequisite: MS4

Modules: A-K

Number of Students: 1

Course Director: Mohammad Faraz Haq, MD

Course Coordinator: Michelle Dicenzo