Didactics and rotations
The nephrology section coordinates a series of multi-disciplinary seminars and conferences to enhance the clinical and research training of our fellows. All lectures are teleconferenced and archived for later viewing.
Weekly Friday Conference (1:30 to 3:30 PM) : This is the seminal educational platform for our fellowship program. There are no outpatient clinics scheduled on this day, permitting all faculty and fellows to dedicate this time to education. The content includes Core Curriculum Lectures, Case Conferences, Board Review, & Research Conferences.
Transplant Conference : This is organized monthly in concert with Ochsner Medical Center.
Pathology Conference : The renal pathology conference conducted in partnership with Arkana laboratories and Tulane Nephrology allows our fellows to learn more about interpreting renal biopsies and gain from the experience of the diverse faculty members, with expertise in glomerular diseases.
Journal Club : Our monthly journal clubs are held off-site at local restaurants to facilitate interaction between fellows and faculty in a casual, friendly atmosphere. This is also an opportunity to sample the world-renowned restaurants New Orleans has to offer.
Medical Grand Rounds : These one-hour sessions are held on Fridays at noon. Presentations are given by local as well as national and internationally recognized faculty.
Inpatient Rotations: Training locations include University Medical Center New Orleans (UMCNO), the primary teaching hospital for trainees and Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner (OMCK). Fellows are required to complete 12 months of inpatient consult service, which will be split between UMCNO/OMCK. In addition, our fellows receive their transplant experience during their 3 months rotations at Ochsner Main Campus. Each of these sites provides a diverse clinical experience spanning the spectrum of clinical nephrology, with division faculty at each site dedicated to medical education and scholarship.
Outpatient Clinics: Fellows are required to participate in the weekly continuity clinic at UMCNO (Wednesday afternoons), except when on vacation. Fellows will participate in transplant clinic during their months on the transplant service at Ochsner Main Campus (OMC).
Outpatient Dialysis: Our fellows rotate through the outpatient dialysis units and have a cohort of patients that they follow longitudinally over the course of the 2-year fellowship.
Interventional Nephrology: The interventional nephrology rotations are at Ochsner-Medical Center – Baptist and led by Dr. Yazdi. The fellows develop expertise in ultrasound imaging (POCUS) and interventional procedures. We offer opportunities to get certified in imaging and interventional nephrology.
Elective Rotations: The program offers elective rotations to tailor the educational programs to meet the individual career goals of the fellows. The elective rotations include research, interventional nephrology, POCUS, and others. The research interests of the faculty in the Division are detailed in the research section.
Call Schedule: Fellows cover UMCNO and OMCK consult service on weeknights and weekends for emergencies. The call schedules vary depending on the total number of fellows. However, it is capped at one-in-four weeknight and weekend call.