Upon the completion of the Nephrology Fellowship training, the Fellow should have mastered the following Specific Objectives as they pertain to each of the specific goals of the curriculum:
Specific objectives which will foster the training of clinically competent Nephrologists include:
- Mastering those specific clinical objectives for the majority of diseases seen in the practice of Nephrology, including the uncommon and complicated diseases.
- Developing proficiency as a primary healthcare provider, consultant and/or leader of a multidisciplinary health care team.
- Honing communication skills that allow the trainee to perform as a health care team leader with peers and professionals.
- The development of proficiency in clinical skills to a level at which trainees are not only able to demonstrate their own proficiency, but are capable of teaching these skills to trainees at junior levels.
- The development of humanistic skills and professionalism to a level that serves as a model for more junior trainees.
- The development of a familiarity with areas of active Nephrology research such that trainees have an understanding of some of the major research questions in the field and; an appreciation of the design, performance, potential strengths and shortcomings of a variety of experimental protocols.
Specific objectives to foster the goal of training Nephrologists that are highly effective in a variety of settings include:
- The development of proficiency as the primary health care provider in the acute inpatient setting, intensive care unit, ambulatory clinic and emergency department.
- The development of proficiency as a consultant to other internists or non-internists in the acute inpatient setting, intensive care unit, ambulatory clinic and emergency department.
- TThe development of proficiency as the leader of a multidisciplinary health care team particularly as it relates to chronic dialysis therapy.
Specific objectives to foster the development of skills and habits of professional life-long learning in Nephrology include:
- Regular attendance at Department of Medicine and Division of Nephrology teaching conferences and participation in the coordination of conference topics and schedules.
- Demonstration of mastery of teaching skills through interaction with trainees in junior levels of training including supervised teaching interactions with junior-level Fellows, residents and medical students.
- Involvement in a research project sufficient to enable submission of work as first author for either presentation at national or regional scientific meetings or in peer-reviewed journals.
- Successful grant application for research funding (for Fellows planning to go on to an academic career).