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Teaching

The Centre holds two annual teaching courses. Each is comprehensive and covers a wide breadth ranging from the patient pathway to therapies to cutting edge science. The courses are highly regarded and well-established in the curriculum of renal trainees. The course faculties are recognised experts in their field and are drawn from Britain, Europe, and the United States.

RENAL PHYSIOLOGY

This unique UK course aims to integrate physiological principles with day-to-day clinical practice and to update on recent developments in basic renal physiology. It features formal, introductory lectures each day and interactive clinical case presentations applying “thinking physiology” at the bedside. It is intended for both clinicians and scientists - trainees in Nephrology, General (Internal) Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine, Consultant Nephrologists and General Physicians, and those working in veterinary medicine and non-clinical grades.

DIALYSIS

This is a comprehensive course on dialysis and the management of patients with end stage renal failure. The management of end stage renal failure by dialysis forms a central component of all renal units. However, it is often the least intensively taught component of nephrology training. This course is a thorough introduction to dialysis, from basics to new developments. Our expert faculty provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of dialysis and ESRF through a mixture of informal lectures and workshops. The course is aimed at Specialist Registrars in nephrology, but is also of interest to other healthcare professionals involved in the management of patients with chronic renal failure.

PhD/BSc/iBSc

We have active PhD, BSc and intercalated BSc programmes.

Undergraduate Teaching

The UCL Centre for Nephrology provides undergraduate training in nephrology to medical students at UCL Medical School. All 360 Year 4 students (first clinical year) undertake a four-week joint renal-endocrine block at one of the three main teaching sites. Students receive a combination of personal tutorials, small-group seminars, clinic attendances, community kidney care centre visits, case-based exercises, and bedside teaching, to gain an insight into the common renal problems faced by patients for whom they will have responsibility in their future careers. They also receive some exposure to specialist renal medicine, including kidney transplantation and acute nephrology.

Teaching is delivered by staff from the Centre, alongside consultants from the clinical service, junior doctors, specialist nursing staff, dietitians, and other members of the multidisciplinary team. Reflective and peer-assisted learning is encouraged and, in addition, one-to-one sessions with our patients provide students with valuable insight into the experience of living with renal disease. We use a variety of teaching techniques to enhance quality learning, taking a problem-based approach in our small group seminars. A number of E-learning resources are available to complement face-to-face activities, including Lecturecast and online self-assessment exercises.

Additionally, students who are keen to pursue further study in renal medicine can apply to undertake a student-selected component (SSC) in nephrology during Year 6 (final year). During this four-week course, students are able to learn about specialist nephrology in detail with access to the full range of expertise at the Centre and Royal Free Renal Unit. The course includes attendance at specialist clinics: renal inflammation/vasculitis, metabolic stone, renovascular, amyloid, nephrotic, acute post-transplant, and renal genetics outpatients. They attend ward rounds and radiology and pathology meetings, as well as receiving regular bedside teaching and tutorials from leading experts in all aspects of renal disease.

Staff from the Centre also teach on the Year 4 ‘Introduction to Medicine’ course and contribute to a number of pre-clinical and biomedical science undergraduate courses.

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