The aim of the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program at Tower Health is to provide outstanding practical and academic training in every aspect of clinical nephrology and to prepare fellows for productive careers after graduation. The fellowship is designed to foster mastery of nephrology knowledge and skills and to provide a framework for a career dedicated to lifelong learning and the advancement of care for our patients. Reading hospital site hosts program rotations, including experiences in consultation, acute and chronic hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, transplant, renal pathology, research, electives, and the longitudinal continuity clinic. The Nephrology service annually performs around 4000 inpatient dialysis treatments including continuous renal replacement therapy. Nephrology inpatient consult service sees around 18000 inpatient renal consultations Fellows will also have a weekly continuity clinic. There are almost 5500 outpatient visits in the nephrology offices. Fellows will be rotating through outpatient dialysis units and are exposed to workings of outpatient dialysis units which will include in-center hemodialysis and home modalities including peritoneal dialysis. Fellows will also rotate through transplant rotation where they will see kidney transplant patients, new transplant evaluations, and other solid organ transplant patients with chronic kidney disease. The clinics are ideally suited to fellowship education, with laboratory, diagnostic, and therapeutic facilities on-site as well as appropriate support staff.
There is close collaboration and interactions with the 7 faculty during the service rotations, clinics and conferences and there will be mentoring and research opportunities as well. There will be core curriculum conferences, renal rounds, journal clubs, biopsy conferences and research conferences,
It is the goal of the program that graduates obtain the professional, cognitive and technical skills to provide competent, compassionate care. Fellows will have the opportunity to practice patient communication and shared decision making and will learn to apply current evidence-based knowledge relevant to patient care. Clinical training is achieved through a balance of clinical experience, self-directed learning, didactic sessions as well as active mentoring. Fellows will have ample time and be encouraged to be involved in research activities.