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Education

We are actively involved with undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education programs. Our elective rotations have been very popular with the pediatric residents and the division regularly receives outstanding evaluations on our commitment and expertise as educators.

 

Undergraduate

The division provides an elective in Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension for Robert Wood Johnson Medical School third and fourth year students, participation in physical diagnosis course for second year students in the Renal Pathophysiology Course and in the Pediatric Interest Group.  During the third year pediatric clerkship, division members mentor students and participate in the student lecture series.  During their pediatric clerkship, students see patients in the pediatric nephrology outpatient clinics and care for division patients on the inpatient service, where they are supervised by the pediatric nephrology team. During the third and fourth year electives, students care for patients and have clinical teaching and tutorials in pediatric nephrology.

 

We have also mentored students as part of the Summer Research Fellowship, which provides an opportunity for first year medical students to gain experience in translational and bench research, and participated in the Capstone Mentorship for master students in biological sciences.

 

Postgraduate

The division plays an active role in education for pediatric residents, both didactic and bedside clinical teaching. We regularly give lectures to the residents as part of their conference series, participate in morning report, case conferences, provide board review for pediatric residents, bedside teaching, and clinical rounds. In addition, we serve as pediatric residency advisors and have been mentors for annual pediatric housestaff retreats.

During the popular elective rotation in Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension, the residents attend outpatient nephrology sessions which are held daily, attend twice weekly pediatric kidney transplant clinics, do inpatient consultations, round on inpatients and on outpatient dialysis patients.  They have an opportunity to attend renal transplant and nephrology conferences.  There are tutorials for the residents on elective.  At the start of the rotation goals are set for the rotation and geared to the resident’s career plans.  The division maintains a file of articles on relevant subjects, and division faculty meet with the resident to discuss specific topics.  The residents are asked to research a related topic of interest, which they present to the group, and may have an opportunity to participate in ongoing clinical research projects.

 

An educational rotation in pediatric nephrology and hypertension is provided for the first year adult nephrology fellow, who has an opportunity to participate in all clinical activities of the division.  The division also gives didactic series to the neonatology fellows.

 

We provide clinical and didactic teaching to the medical students and pediatric resident at Jersey Shore University Hospital and give Grand Rounds as part of continuing educational programs at hospitals in central New Jersey.