This rotation is designed to afford 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 inpatients per week. The patient mix will be comprised of those with acute and chronic renal failure, others who are postrenal transplant, and patients referred by other services for a variety of hypertensive of 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. The Renal Transplant Clinic meets weekly, and students can have the opportunity to evaluate stable patients who have successfully undergone renal transplant.
Conferences: The students are encouraged to attend morning report and mortality/morbidity conference at ECMC. Monthly renal biopsy conferences are held on Tuesday afternoons at ECMC. This meeting is attended by members of the Departments of Pathology and Pediatrics, as well as the members of the University wide nephrology community. The clinical aspects of each biopsy are presented and discussed. A series of lectures are held weekly which review many basic areas of nephrology.
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 affords the student an 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 pathophysiology.
An “E” after the module in the class schedule indicates Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) as the site. Third year students will be assigned to ECMC.