The Centre holds two annual teaching courses: Renal Physiology and Dialysis.
Each is comprehensive and covers a wide
breadth ranging from the patient pathway to therapies to cutting edge
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.
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.
Who is it for?
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.
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.
Who is it for?
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.
We have active PhD, BSc and intercalated BSc programmes.
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.
Student-selected Component (SSC)
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.