PEDS 428 Career Exploration in Pediatric Nephrology


PEDS 428       Career Exploration in Pediatric Nephrology


Faculty:                  Drs. K. Gibson, W. Conley, M. Ferris, D. Gipson, and W. Primack

Prerequisites:         Completion of pediatrics and medicine clerkships            

Offered:                 All elective periods              

Min. Enrollment:   1           

Max. Enrollment:   1           

Duration:               Two Weeks           

Meeting Place:       (see notes section)               

Credit Hours:         3           


Learning Objectives:

) To perform and interpret urinalysis.

2) To learn etiology, evaluation, and treatment of hypertension in children.

3) To understand the differential diagnosis of acute and chronic glomerulopathies.

4) To understand tubular/acid-based disorders and fluid and electrolyte management.

5) To learn the differential diagnosis of hematuria and proteinuria in children.             


Learning Activities:

This elective will provide an inpatient and outpatient experience in Pediatric Nephrology, including a program of supervised reading and tutorial sessions designed to meet the interests and needs of the student. He/she may have the opportunity to learn about the special techniques of Nephrology including: renal biopsy (along with an understanding of the indications and interpretation), the use of artificial kidney, peritoneal dialysis, and common lab procedures. He/she will work in the outpatient department once a week. He/she will work up approximately

three in-patients a week. He/she will be assigned to the faculty Nephrology consultant in Pediatrics. He/she will attend weekly post clinic conferences and weekly nephrology grand rounds. He/she will also participate in the discussions taking place at the in-patient rounds. Expected hours are Monday through Friday 8-5, no on call or weekend duties are expected.             



The student will be evaluated in several ways: observed procedures, interviewing patients, presentation at case conference, participation in rounds, and patient. Feedback will be given to the students at mid-rotation and at the end of the rotation.


Special Notes:

Lynn West () will contact assigned students prior to the start of the rotation.