Nephrology Rotation for 4th Year Students
Location: Critical care Units, General floors and Hemodialysis unit
Length: 4 Weeks
To meet the objectives in strengthening knowledge, skills, attitude and behavior while
managing patients on nephrology consult service.
The student should demonstrate ability to evaluate and manage patients with the following
conditions, initiate management and know when to refer patients for appropriate subspecialty
Pre renal azotemia
Acute kidney injury (AKI)
Acute kidney injury on chronic kidney disease
Medical management issued of patients with ESRD
Initial assessment and plans for patients diagnosed with advanced CKD
Adjustment of medications and avoidance of renal toxic agents in CKD
Fluid and electrolyte abnormalities
Acid base disorders
Hematuria, Proteinuria, Pyuria
Hypertension- benign, accelerated, malignant, essential and secondary
Renal disease in pregnancy
Understand the pathology, diagnosis and treatment of the conditions being managed
while reading necessary texts and articles simultaneously making evidence based care
The student should become competent in performing and accurately recording complete
history and physical with assessment, differential diagnosis and plan independently.
The student should be able to
Accurately perform and record history and physicals with assessment, differential
diagnosis and plan under the guidance of fellow.
• Develop skills to assess kidney function.
• Recognize limitations of different methods to assess GFR.
• Correctly interpret urinanalysis, urine electrolytes and urine protein/
• Accurately classify patients with regard to stage of CKD.
• List appropriate interventions based on stage of CKD.
• Recognize when to refer patients for dialysis access placement.
• Make general recommendations regarding long term plans for ESRD
• List the risks and benefits of erythropoeitic agents.
Describe the principles related to the use of phosphate binders, vitamin D supplemnts
and calcimetic drugs for treatment of bone disease and hyperparathyroidism.
Recognize urgent and emergent indications for hemodialysis.
Effectively communicate with patients and families using appropriate language and
avoiding jargon and medical terminology.
The student should be
Able to provide compassionate and empathic patient care in acute and chronic care
Sensitive to the diverse factors affecting patients and their health care beliefs
and needs including race, culture, income and ethnicity.
Develop effective communication skills with the staff including other physicians,
nurses, respiratory therapists and social workers for better patient care delivery.
The student should be able to
Practice and respect patient privacy and confidentiality while maintaining highest
standards of professionalism.
Discuss renal care issues with the patient and family.
EDUCATIONAL METHODS AND RESOURCES
• Adult patient care with above described disease mix aiming at two inpatient
consults per day.
• Case presentation during rounds with complete assessment, differential diagnosis
• Evaluate patients in nephrology clinics under the supervision of fellows.
• Maintain patient log seen by the student to assess meeting the above mentioned
• Read core topics in Harrison’s Textbook Of Internal Medicine.
• Presentation and attendance in nephrology conferences on Tuesday and Wednesday.
• Mandatory attendance in noon conferences.
• Write consultation notes.
• The student can choose to be on transplant service for week if interested.
Review of student’s case presentations, documentation, professionalism and counseling
skills during management rounds and conferences.
End of rotation evaluation forms.
Student satisfaction assessment once every two weeks with appropriate feedback to
assure individual needs are met.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SUPERVISION
The student will be
• Responsible for patient managed by him/her under the guidance of senior
• Responsible for communication with the primary team as well as consultants
• Demonstrating highest standards of professionalism with patients and colleagues.
EVALUATION OF ROTATION
The student should sit with the 4th year director at the end of the rotation to discuss and fill out an evaluation form.