Specific Objectives

The specific goals of the training program are derived from the Mission Statement:  The training of clinically competent Interventional Nephrologists.

Clinical competence is essential for all physicians.  Clinical competence in Interventional Nephrology is defined as:

  1. A basic core understanding of anatomy, histology, physiology, genetics, pharmacology, epidemiology, statistics, and procedures relative to the practice of Interventional Nephrology.
  2. A basic core knowledge of the pathogenesis, histopathology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and management of vascular access for hemodialysis, access for peritoneal dialysis, general knowledge of diagnostic renal ultrasonography and real-time ultrasound guided kidney biopsy.
  3. The clinical skill of data collection including history-taking, physical examination and the appropriate use of radiologic and laboratory tests particularly as pertaining to the diagnosis of vascular access for hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and kidney biopsy.
  4. The ability to formulate appropriate differential diagnoses and therapeutic plans based on an ability to critically analyze the clinical data and integrate this analysis with the basic fund of medical knowledge in regards to the practice of Interventional Nephrology.
  5. The knowledge of the treatment of the common and uncommon problems encountered in the practice of Interventional Nephrology including an understanding of the principles, indications, contra-indications, risks, costs and expected outcome of the various treatments.
  6. The performance and/or interpretation of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures common in the practice of Interventional Nephrology.
  7. The ability to perform competently as a primary operator in all procedures included in the practice off Interventional Nephrology.
  8. The ability to recognize the need and appropriately seek input from colleagues in other specialties through consultation.
  9. The development of qualities of professionalism and humanistic skills including integrity, compassion and respect for patients, peers, and paramedical personnel.
  10. An understanding of current research methods. All fellows must be capable of demonstrating an understanding of the design, implementation, and interpretation of research studies, specifically research methodology, critical interpretation of data, critical interpretation of published research, and the responsible use of informed consent.

2.  The development of skills and habits of professional life-long learning in Nephrology trainees.

Continuous education is an essential component for clinically competent Interventional Nephrologists and required for the acquisition, critical analysis, synthesis, and reassessment of knowledge, skills and professionalism. The Director of the program will foster and support this by encouraging:

  1. Independent study habits in the acquisition of clinical, interventional, and researchknowledge and skills.
  2. Active participation in the Division of Nephrology and Division of Interventional Radiology educational conferences including regular attendance and presentation of selected topics.
  3. Attendance and participation at regional and national professional clinical and/or scientific conferences for Interventional Nephrology and Interventional Radiology.