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Formal Didactics

A series of multi-disciplinary seminars and conferences provide a framework of instruction to augment clinical and research training in Nephrology. All lectures are teleconferenced live to both campuses and archived.

A representative weekly schedule of conferences is summarized in the following table.


Core Curriculum Conference: This weekly 1-hour conference provides didactic instruction on important topics within Nephrology and related fields. Nephrology fellows, faculty, and faculty members from other disciplines present at these meetings.

Journal Club:  This 1-hour biweekly conference reviews important basic science and clinical research publications to develop the skills necessary to critically analyze the medical literature.

Clinical Pathologic Correlation Conference (CPCC):  During this 1-hour conference at the microscope, recent clinical cases are reviewed in detail with renal pathologists to correlate clinical with histopathologic findings.

Kidney (and Pancreas) Transplant Meeting*:  Potential transplant donors and recipients are discussed to determine final eligibility. Psychosocial, ethical, cultural, and medical issues are discussed among the multidisciplinary members of the transplant team.

Fellow Case Conference:  During this weekly conference, a fellow presents a recent case to a faculty or fellow discussant.  The discussion focuses on clinical management of the case while developing clinical problem solving skills.

Renal Transplant Conference:  This weekly lunch meeting (under the auspices of Transplant Surgery) covers various aspects of renal transplantation as presented by Johns Hopkins faculty members and invited external speakers.

Renal Grand Rounds:  During this weekly conference (September-May), Johns Hopkins faculty and invited external speakers discuss their current research and clinical practice.  Second year fellows are required to present their scholarly projects during this conference at the end of the year. 

Additional Conferences:
RRT Week: 1 week rotation in the 1st year that focuses on all aspects of renal replacement therapy (inpatient HD / CRRT, outpatient HD / PD, interventional radiology).

Additional Second Year Conferences:
Peritoneal Dialysis Lectures:  PD lectures are delivered throughout the year during PD continuity clinic in the 2nd year.

Renal Disease Interest Group (RDIG):  This biweekly conference serves as a platform to present and discuss ongoing renal-related research throughout Johns Hopkins University. Participants are comprised of a multidisciplinary group of fellows and faculty members from nephrology and other divisions within the School of Medicine and trainees and faculty members from the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. This conference provides an opportunity for fellows and faculty alike to present and obtain thoughtful and productive input on proposed and ongoing research projects and enhances collaborations across disciplines.

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