Nephrology Fellowship Program

Welcome to the LSU Section of Nephrology and Hypertension Fellowship Program Page!

The program is accredited with commendation, and is approved for a total of five fellows.

Clinical Rotations

Consults

Our fellows rotate on two main consult services- University Medical Center New Orleans (UMCNO) and Ochsner Medical Center Kenner (OMCK).  Fellows spend 5 months on each of the 2 consult services during their clinical years. During these rotations, fellows will perform routine consults for various renal issues, and also manage both acute hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and CRRT (CVVHD, CVVH, and SCUF).  Native kidney biopsies may be performed during these consult months as well. 

Dialysis

There are also two months dedicated to outpatient Chronic Hemodialysis which include patients in three of our dialysis units.  

Monthly Peritoneal Dialysis clinic is held on the third Monday and Tuesday of every month.  Fellows are expected to attend at least one session a month, ideally the same to encourage continuity of care in the PD patient population.

Clinic

During the first and second year, fellows are expected to attend weekly continuity clinic at UMCNO on Wednesday afternoons. 

Transplant

Fellows will spend two months rotating with the Transplant Nephrology Group of the Ochsner Foundation Medical Center/Hospital.  During this time, fellows will round on the inpatient service, and attend various transplant clinics with the transplant faculty.  Transplant kidney biopsies will be performed during this rotation.

Interventional Nephrology

Fellows will have the opportunity to rotate on the interventional nephrology service at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center.  During this rotation, fellows will learn how to evaluate dialysis access, perform various access procedures including fistulograms, percutaneous thrombectomies, and tunneled dialysis catheter placements. 

 

On Call Coverage

Fellows will equally distribute call during their first and second years based on the total number of fellows.  Call coverage only includes patients at UMCNO and OMCK.  Outpatient dialysis, transplant, Ochsner Baptist, and Touro Hospital coverage is provided by the faculty. 

 

Conference

Conferences include: Tuesday Morning Fellows Conference, Nephrology Friday afternoon conference (Clinical Case Management & Core Curriculum), Monthly Biopsy Conference, Transplant Conference, and Medicine Department Grand Rounds

 

Research

Fellows will have 6 months of research time allotted during their fellowship.  This time is shared with outpatient hemodialysis rounds as well.  This allows fellows to work on their scholarly projects, quality improvement projects, while also learning about various types of clinical trials that are done in our section.  We also encourage fellows to discuss and submit any protocols they may be interested in doing during this time, and time will be allotted for these projects. 

 

*For more information please contact Alex Hymel at (504) 568-8655.