Clinical Inpatient and Outpatient Opportunities

Service Site Curriculum

Inpatient Experience (Medical Students and Residents)

These four week blocks are typically taken during the 3rd or 4th year of medical school and R2 or R3 year of residency. They consist of inpatient assignments with exposure to a broad range nephrology patients and education.

Nephrology inpatient electives can be arranged at University of Washington Medical CenterHarborview Medical Center, and Puget Sound Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

Outpatient Experience (Medical Students)

  • Daily clinic visits (single to several days)

  • Longitudinal Clerkships/Preceptorships (regular clinic one day per week x 8 weeks)

  • Outpatient clinic electives (2-4 week outpatient experience, 3-4 days per week)

Outpatient Experience (Residents)

These four weeks blocks are typically taken during the PGY2 and PGY3 residency training years. The Nephrology clinic block rotation will provide residents with a broad exposure to outpatient general nephrology. The resident will be assigned an attending mentor who will be available for feedback and coordination of activities. 

The curriculum includes review of nephrology and hypertension articles, relevant conferences, and brief lectures to lay a strong foundation in the basic principles. The resident will have an opportunity to write a case report from an existing case seen by a nephrology team during or prior to the rotation. 

Nephrology topics:

  • Acute deterioration in kidney function

  • Nephrolithiasis

  • Hypertension

  • Electrolyte derangements

  • Proteinuria

  • Hematuria

  • Gomerular disease

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Urine sediment findings

Dialysis and Transplantation topics:

  • Timing of nephrology referrals

  • Dialysis modality selection

  • Hemo- and peritoneal dialysis

  • Transplantation work-ups 

  • Immunosuppressive therapy

  • Post-transplant care