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  • Nephrology Case Conference/Journal Club and Grand Rounds
  • Tulane Hypertension & Renal Center of Excellence Research Seminars
  • Biopsy Conference
  • Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Transplant Conference

Curriculum: The Clinical Setting

The division offers comprehensive exposure to clinical nephrology in a wide range of clinical practice settings.  The clinical rotations are at Tulane University Hospital, the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans ("Charity Hospital") and Ochsner Health System.

Tulane University Hospital and Clinics is a private institution providing 300 acute care beds.  The hospital is principally a multi-specialty tertiary care center and contains extensive state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities.  There is a 6-station acute dialysis unit equipped with high flux hemodialysis machines, and additional peritoneal dialysis cycling machines used for chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis patients admitted to the hospital.  The renal service also consults on patients throughout the hospital. Over 150 renal transplantations are performed per year and are followed jointly by the nephrology and transplant surgical services.  Fellows spend four months on the consult service and two months on transplant service over two years.

The Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans has been serving the needs of the indigent for over 250 years.  The nephrology clinical activities are coordinated by the consult service.  Fellows spend four months on the consult rotation over two years.

Since Katrina, veterans are admitted to Tulane Hospital and fellows servicing those patients rotate on the nephrology consult service.

Ochsner hospital is a private community tertiary care center in a nearby suburb.  It has a busy nephrology consult service.  Fellows spend two months of the two year fellowship program on this rotation.

Outpatient experience is ongoing throughout the fellowship.  The outpatient dialysis units, located within the Tulane Hospital complex, with branches on the West Bank and in New Orleans East, provide state-of-the-art dialysis care to over 150 patients.  Additionally, the unit provides training and support for CAPD; the current CAPD population is 20. Each fellow is responsible for a dialysis shift under the guidance of one of the faculty members.

The fellows attend the two outpatient teaching clinics located at the VA Medical Center and the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans.


 Curriculum: The Conferences

The renal conferences are attended by all fellows and faculty.  Additional, the pediatric nephrologists attend and participate in weekly conferences.  The section also partners with the Department of Pathology and the Hypertension Center of Excellence to provide fellows with alternating biweekly Biopsy and Research conferences.

Journal Club/Case Conferences

Tuesday 1:00-2:00 pm

Current nephrological literature (clinical and basic) is discussed in detail one to two times per month.  Two to three times per month cases are presented.

Research Seminar

Thursday 4:00-5:00 pm (alternates with biopsy conferences)

Current research of laboratories and faculty.


Biopsy Conference

Thursday 4:00-5:00 pm (alternates with research conferences)

Review of recent biopsies and case management directed by a renal pathologist and the nephrology staff.

Nephrology Grand Rounds

Friday 12:00 - 1:00 pm

In-depth presentations of major topics in nephrology, including pathophysiology and clinical issues.  Guest speakers are invited.  A case is presented once a month.

Medical Grand Rounds, Department of Medicine

Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 pm


Introduction to Nephrology

July through August

In place of the Tuesday Journal Club and Friday Grand Rounds, lectures are given to introduce the fellows to nephrology.  Topics covered include dialysis, transplantation, pathology, and fluid and electrolyte disorders.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 504-865-4000