Nephrology Fellowship Conferences
About Our Conference Schedule
We provide a full round of both weekly and monthly didactic programs and renal conferences for our fellows, and they are in integral part of our curriculum.
Journal Club or Renal Grand Rounds (renowned invited speakers)
Clinical Nephrology and Dialysis curriculum
Transplant and Glomerulonephritis curriculum
Transplant Intake meeting
(Harvard-wide Summer lecture series for Fellows in July)
Division Case conference (fellow-led)
Center for Vascular Biology Research (CVBR) Work in Progress Seminar
Journal Club – Rotating division faculty lead a discussion about the most recent literature or provide a substantive review of their area of expertise within nephrology.
Renal Grand Rounds – Renowned faculty are invited on a monthly basis to present their cutting-edge work to our Division. We have hosted luminaries in the field from all over the world, nationally, and locally.
Clinical Nephrology and Dialysis curriculum – This conference is led by rotating faculty members and presents core topics in clinical nephrology and dialysis to the 1st year fellows.
Transplant curriculum – This conference is led by our Transplant Nephrologists and members of the BIDMC Transplant Institute, presenting core topics in kidney transplantation.
Glomerulonephritis curriculum – This unique conference is co-led by a clinical nephrologist within our Division AND a Renal pathologist, presenting the clinico-pathologic features of the most commonly seen glomerulonephritides.
Electrolytes curriculum – This innovative conference, led by Dr. Stewart Lecker (Training Program Director), utilizes a “flipped classroom” approach to present classic physiology literature and a guided exploration of the pathophysiology and management of each electrolyte abnormality.
Division Case Conference – This weekly conference features the nephrology fellows, presenting the most fascinating cases from the consult, dialysis, and transplant services, to the faculty. Faculty role model how to think about each case and debate diagnosis and management issues. The fellow then provides a brief review of the literature pertinent to the topic. Each conference typically features two different fellows each presenting a case.
CVBR Work in Progress conference – Taking place in our research facility near Fenway Park (“Research North”), research faculty from the Center for Vascular Biology present their findings for further discussion in a lab meeting-type format.
2nd Monday morning
Dialysis Access Morbidity and Mortality conference
3rd Tuesday early evening
Renal Pathology conference
4th Wednesday early evening
2nd or 3rd Tuesday at noon
Professors’ Rounds (with Division senior faculty)
Tuesday late afternoon
Transplant Morbidity and Mortality conference
Wednesdays at noon (quarterly)
Combined Nephrology-Urology case conference
Dialysis Access Morbidity and Mortality conference – In collaboration without surgical colleagues, this conference focuses on issues surrounding complications of dialysis vascular access. A case is presented by a faculty member or clinical fellow to promote discussion amongst the group about management decisions for vascular access issues.
Renal Pathology conference - Led by Dr. Isaac Stillman from Renal Pathology, four kidney biopsies are presented along with brief clinical vignettes, featuring specimens sent into BIDMC from our network of hospitals in the New England region.
POCUS conference – This conference features a rotating group of both Division faculty and invited outside faculty members presenting on topics relevant to point-of-care renal ultrasound as well as fellows presenting their own saved images and case vignettes from the clinical services that month.
Professors’ Rounds – Senior faculty from the Division lead an informal discussion amongst the fellows about interesting cases, clinical topics, or career advice.
Transplant Morbidity and Mortality conference – The Transplant Institute holds a monthly conference, with a case presented by the Transplant Surgery or Transplant Nephrology faculty or trainees that highlights quality improvement issues in the care of this patient population.
Combined Nephrology-Urology case conference – Once every 3 months, the trainees from the Nephrology and Urology Divisions team up to present a collaborative case that highlights the overlap between the two specialties. While the trainees present the cases, the faculty debate the diagnosis and management.