Objectives


SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

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:

  1. Mastering those specific clinical objectives for the majority of diseases seen in the practice of Nephrology, including the uncommon and complicated diseases.
  2. Developing proficiency as a primary healthcare provider, consultant and/or leader of a multidisciplinary health care team.
  3. Honing communication skills that allow the trainee to perform as a health care team leader with peers and professionals.
  4. 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.
  5. The development of humanistic skills and professionalism to a level that serves as a model  for more junior trainees.
  6. 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:

  1. The development of proficiency as the primary health care provider in the acute inpatient setting, intensive care unit, ambulatory clinic and emergency department.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. Regular attendance at Department of Medicine and Division of Nephrology teaching conferences and participation in the coordination of conference topics and schedules.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Successful grant application for research funding (for Fellows planning to go on to an academic career).