Instructional processes are didactic and experiential. Instruction occurs in individual and group settings. The venues for instruction and training include the following:
- Formal daily teaching rounds in-hospital, including didactic, bedside teaching and work rounds;
- Directed reading with small report at teaching rounds, using primary resource material and selected textbooks; topic modules with an assigned article, supplied on CD-ROM, to be discussed each week.
- Mentoring and formal teaching through weekly out-patient clinic experiences;
- Weekly Renal Grand Rounds;
- Approximately every-other week Physiology Seminar;
- Weekly Journal Clubs
- Weekly Clinical Case Conferences
- Participation in Weekly Multidisciplinary Patient Care Conferences – every Monday at 1 PM at Montefiore Dialysis Center for review of hospitalized patients; recent hospital discharges; follow up care; dialysis patient problems and review of each death (including autopsy reports as available).
- Responsible & Active Participation in Outpatient HD & PD Care;
- Fellows' Renal Biopsy Conferences
- Weekly Transplant Conference and case review (when on Transplant Rotation).
- Individual mentoring in the 2nd and 3rd years;
- Selected Weekly Medical Grand Rounds.
- Selected Daily Noon Conferences which are conducted as components of the Core Internal Medicine Training Program.
- Selected periodic Ethics Conferences which are conducted as components of the Core Internal Medicine Training Program as well as specific to Nephrology.
Fellows are given the following books at the outset of their fellowship:
- Danovitch GM, Handbook of Kidney Transplantation, 2006.
- Bennett, WM, et al, Drug Prescribing in Renal Failure, 2007.
- Daugirdas JT and Ing TS, Handbook of Dialysis, 2007.
Fellows also are given binders containing a CD-ROM with Goals and Objectives based on topic modules containing up to date articles on the following topics:
- CKD articles
- General nephrology articles
- ESRD articles
- Transplant articles
- AJKD Core Curriculum articles
The renal library and faculty offices contain the major renal textbooks and major renal journals, which the fellows are encouraged to consult. Fellows also are directed to access MedLine, PUBMED, Cochrane, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine On-Line Library regularly.
Fellows are oriented to Up To Date at the beginning of their fellowship (available at all computer terminals at Montefiore Medical Center).