Year by Year
Year one is weighted toward clinical care. The trainee spends eight months on the inpatient service to develop sufficient clinical skills to become comfortable managing pediatric nephrology patients/consults and performing renal procedures. Fellows complete a one-month rotation in chronic dialysis, which includes a didactic lecture series. Hands-on experience with chronic dialysis procedures and instruction in acute dialysis and CRRT are provided. Three months are devoted to choosing a research project and faculty mentor and preparing a detailed research plan. Each trainee becomes skilled at renal biopsies by performing about 50 procedures; approximately 20 percent of these are renal transplant biopsies.
Year two includes four months of clinical inpatient service, one month of chronic dialysis and seven months of research. Each trainee participates in Baylor's Pediatrics Fundamentals of Clinical Investigation course, which provides basic training in study design and biostatistics. Fellows are encouraged to submit preliminary research results as abstracts for presentation at national or regional scientific meetings.
Year three features ten months of research and two months of clinical inpatient service. By this point, fellows are expected to evaluate and manage patients independently. Trainees complete one or more research projects, submit abstracts and present research results to a national or regional scientific meeting, and prepare a manuscript for submission for publication in a scientific journal.
During the second and/or third years of training, electives are available in Dialysis, Transplantation, Urology and Renal. Pathology elective rotations may be substituted for research months.