State University of New York at Buffalo Nephrology Training Program|
The Nephrology Training Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo is focused at two of the major teaching hospitals affiliated with the Medical School: the Erie County Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Medical Center, but uses other hospitals as necessary to enhance teaching and research. Our large faculty, with varied interests and backgrounds, affords fellows the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of approaches to nephrologic problems. Trainees develop competence in all aspects of clinical nephrology in compliance with the special requirements for training programs in nephrology. These include structured and focused training, comprehensive instruction, and active participation in various dialysis modalities, renal transplantation, and continuous renal replacement therapy. The nephrology fellows are also trained in procedures such as percutaneous renal biopsy and dialysis catheter insertions. Experience in the care of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients is offered
through direct involvement of the fellows in the ESRD team approach to management of both hospitalized and nonhospitalized ESRD and transplant patients. The opportunity for both clinical and basic research is available and encouraged for the fellows.
The program prepares the nephrology trainees for clinical practice of nephrology, subspecialty board examination, and academic medicine or research. The length of the program is 2 years with the possibility for extension, if desired, to continue research training. During this two year period, fellows are able to organize a work system that will be conducive to an efficient and productive experience for inpatient care delivery, training, and education. Constant growth in education is accomplished through journal clubs, teaching responsibilities, research experience, and attendance and participation in regional and national nephrology scientific meetings.