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Undergraduate Education

Robust introduction to nephrology

Medical students at Dalhousie University are introduced to nephrology in their second year of study. In the Metabolism and Function Unit, you will learn the basics of renal physiology and pathophysiology. You will also gain knowledge of the clinical approach to common kidney diseases, fluid, electrolyte and acid-base disorders. The renal block of the Metabolism and Function Unit includes 17 lectures and tutorials.

As clinical clerks (beginning in the third year of study), medical students can choose from a number of options to experience renal medicine, including:

  • four-week rotation on the nephrology inpatient unit, where patients receive tertiary specialist care. You will be part of a team of one to two medical students, one to two residents and an attending staff supervisor.
  • two-week outpatient selective where you will experience all outpatient aspects of this interesting discipline. You will attend in the renal clinic, dialysis access clinic, renal transplant clinic and dialysis clinic.
  • two- to four-week tailored elective experiences, which includes time on the inpatient consult service.

While in our division, you will attend robust educational sessions including nephrology academic rounds, case rounds, journal club, transplant grand rounds, house staff education rounds and renal pathology rounds.

Find out more about the Dalhousie MD program.