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Formal Courses


Fellows are expected to attend the following educational conferences, which are conducted daily from early September to mid-June.

  • ​Journal Club: During this conference individual manuscripts from peer reviewed journals are presented for critique from the members of the Renal Division. Fellows are expected to read each article and offer their own critique of the literature. Three to four Journal Club conferences are devoted to a joint conference with Rheumatology to focus on Lupus Nephritis. Dr. Charles Edelstein coordinates these conferences.
  • Renal Pathology Course: On the first Friday of every month, Dr. Scott Lucia presents the Renal Pathology Course and reviews biopsies performed. This is a clinical conference where the fellows and the faculty discuss the renal biopsies with the renal pathologist and where the fellows receive additional training in the interpretation of renal biopsies and glomerular and tubular diseases.
  • Physiology, Cell Biology and Molecular Biology Seminar: This weekly conference consists of a core curriculum and involves all aspects of renal physiology, molecular and cell biology of the kidney and vascular system. Second and third year fellows are given readings prior to the conference and are expected to actively participate during the conference. A clinical correlate is added to every covered theme.
  • Renal Research Conference: This conference is a focal point for the Renal Training Program. Each Training Program Faculty speaks one to two times per year and Dr. Raphael Nemenoff, Director of Research, invites outstanding University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus and external speakers to provide complementary lectures throughout the year. Research fellows are required to present their research proposals at the beginning of the year and this is followed by a research in progress lecture later in the year.
  • Renal Grand Rounds: ​This weekly conference consists of in depth review of core topics in nephrology.  It is clinically based, primarily presented by fellows, and provides the fellows opportunities to learn how to deliver lectures for their future careers.
  • DHMC-Joint Access Planning Conference: This conference exposes fellows to joint decision making for vascular access, ultrasounds, venograms, and fistulagrams from the past week are reviewed by Nephrology, Surgery, and Interventional Radiology.
  • Clinical Case Conference: This is a clinical conference where the fellows and faculty discuss renal cases (morning report format).
  • Quarterly Quality Assurance Conference. The quarterly QA/QI conference addresses all aspects of the clinical practice of nephrology. Procedures and complications of treatment undertaken by the fellows are specifically reviewed.

In addition to the formal research conferences, several additional courses are required for our Nephrology training fellows.

1.     ESRD Core Course: This course is required for all incoming clinical year Nephrology fellows in July and provides an overview of a variety of topical information necessary for caring for renal patients.

2.     CLSC 7500, Practical Application of Molecular and Cell Biology Techniques for the Clinical Investigator: This course is aimed at familiarizing clinical fellows with the basic terminology and techniques employed in a Molecular biology laboratory.  In addition to didactic lectures, there are hands on laboratory experiences. Fellows are required to take this course at the initiation of their basic science training.

CLSC 7150, Ethics and Regulation in Human Subjects Research: This course provides an overview of the field of ethics in clinical research. It is designed for investigators who will be conducting research on human subjects. Students learn the historical background, current regulations, and IRB requirements related to human subjects protection issues. Fellows pursuing the Ph.D. programs or clinical research are required to take this course.