Curriculum

Nephrology Fellowship
University of Florida nephrology faculty and fellows meet at UF Health Jacksonville.

The Nephrology Fellowship Program consists of a two-year educational curriculum. Fellows rotate through three inpatient and five outpatient core educational experiences. In addition, all fellows have a minimum of five months of protected research time during the two-year fellowship.

First Year Nephrology Fellowship (FELL-1)
Inpatient Rotation Duration
Nephrology Consults Up to 9 months
Ambulatory Clinics Up to 4 months
Research Up to 2 months
Transplant Service (Mayo Clinic Jacksonville) 1 month
Pathology - Renal Pathology (Elective) 1 week
Radiology - Special Procedures/Renal (Elective) Up to ½ month
Concurrent Outpatient Clinics Duration
Nephrology Continuity Clinic (4hr/week) 12 months
Peritoneal Dialysis (4hr/week) 3 months
Outpatient Hemodialysis Shift (4hr/week) 3 months
Transplant Clinic at UF Health Jacksonville (4hr/week) 3 months
Outpatient General Nephrology Clinic (4hr/week) 3 months
Second Year Nephrology Fellowship (FELL-2)
Inpatient Rotation Duration
Sr. Nephrology Consults Up to 5 months
Ambulatory Clinic Up to 4 months
Research Up to 4 months
Transplant Service (Mayo Clinic Jacksonville) 1 month
Pathology - Renal Pathology (Elective) Up to ½ month
Radiology - Special Procedures/Renal (Elective) Up to ½ month
Concurrent Outpatient Clinics Duration
Nephrology Continuity Clinic (4hr/week) 12 months
Peritoneal Dialysis (4hr/week) 4 months
Outpatient Hemodialysis Shift (4hr/week) 4 months
Transplant Clinic at UF Health Jacksonville (4hr/week) 4 months
Outpatient General Nephrology Clinic (4hr/week) 4 months

Inpatient Educational Experiences

Nephrology Consults and Senior Consults

The consult service is an inpatient service staffed by nephrology fellows and a nephrology faculty member providing nephrology consultative services to the institution.

In conjunction with the nephrology attending, nephrology fellows see all new patient consultations, coordinate all acute dialysis runs and when indicated, institute and manage all CRRT treatments.

Fellows perform all renal biopsies when indicated. Senior consults allow the senior fellows to function in a more supervisory capacity when working with first-year fellows and residents. Senior fellows perform work rounds with the junior members of the team and see primarily ICU consults.

Transplant Nephrology

Transplant nephrology is an inpatient service at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. The service is staffed by a nephrology fellow and a transplant nephrologist, providing primary and consultative care to transplant patients. Fellows have one month of this service in their first year of training, as well as one month in their second year. While there, the fellows also participate in the outpatient transplant clinic. In addition, the fellows care for patients with faculty supervision in the Post-Renal Transplant Clinic at the University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville.

Conferences

  • Nephrology clinical conference (weekly) - Case presentations by faculty and fellows, attended by faculty and fellows.
  • Nephrology grand rounds conference (weekly) - A presentation of core didactic by fellows and faculty, including specific meetings dedicated to basic and clinical sciences in nephrology.
  • Renal pathology conference at UF Health Jacksonville (monthly) - A review of renal biopsies with pathology faculty and attended by nephrology faculty and fellows.
  • Mayo renal pathology tele-conference (quarterly) – A series of case presentations and discussion, with the corresponding pathology specimens as a teleconference between UFCOM-J, Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
  • Nephrology fellows' journal club (monthly) - Fellows review and discuss articles with division faculty and fellows.
  • Nephrology research conference (monthly) - A meeting to review planned, ongoing and completed research projects presented by fellows and faculty.
  • Nephrology QA conference (quarterly) – Review of QA topics and cases by faculty and fellows.

Research

To complete the requirements of training, each fellow must perform an independent clinical research project under the supervision of a UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville faculty member. Fellows are also free to select a suitable topic along with a faculty member. Projects must result in either the publication of articles, book chapters, abstracts or case reports in peer-reviewed journals (for instance, peer-reviewed performance improvement or education research, peer-reviewed funding, or peer-reviewed abstracts presented at regional/state/national specialty meetings).

Fellows are encouraged to complete research through the availability of the Dean's Fund Research Award. All nephrology fellows have several required months of research to be conducted under the direct supervision of an attending mentor. Research conference is held monthly to review planned, ongoing and completed research projects presented by fellows and faculty.