Education and Training

The Division of Child Neurology provides a variety of education and training experiences including lectures and conferences. 

Fellowship

The division offers a three-year ACGME-accredited fellowship program. The program provides outstanding clinical training as well as opportunities for clinical, translational, and basic research.

The Demetrius Ellis Pediatric Grand Rounds at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh 

This annual lecture in honor of Dr. Demetrius Ellis, who founded the Pediatric Nephrology division at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1977 and who retired in 2017. Dr. Ellis won numerous local and regional awards for outstanding clinical service and teaching while he was a faculty member and was the first clinician to treat pediatric kidney transplant patients with Cyclosporine and later Tacrolimus. The event's invited speakers are nationally recognized pediatric nephrologists whose research and/or clinical programs have had a significant impact. In addition to the scheduled lectures, the invited guests meet with faculty members and fellows and participate in social events that include Dr. Ellis. 

Invited speakers include

  • 2018: Dr. Minnie Sarwal 
  • 2017: Dr. Samir El-Dahr 
  • 2016: Dr. Craig Langman 
  • 2015: Dr. Michel Baum 
  • 2014: Dr. Ellis Avner 

Clinical Journal Club

  • This meeting is held every other month, during which attendees discuss relatively new clinical research publications. 
  • Attendees include trainees (fellows, rotating residents, medical students) and faculty members from the Nephrology division. 
  • The fellows present the publications as a group, with individuals discussing the background, study design, results, and conclusions. 
  • At the end of the meeting, the fellows lead a discussion among all attendees about how the study may alter the clinical practice within the division. 
  • The intent of the journal club is to update fellows and faculty on current nephrology literature and to teach trainees how to systematically examine evidence-based medicine 

Symposium

NIH-sponsored, CME-accredited, Annual Pittsburgh Nephrotic Syndrome Symposium: Focus on Evidence-Based and personalized Approach 

  • The goal of the symposium is to improve clinical practice today and progress toward updating and expanding the treatment armamentarium for the future. 
  • The meeting helps to further clinical practice in glomerular disease, especially in an area such as nephrotic syndrome, which has few large randomized clinical trials comparing treatments or offering population-based conclusions. 
  • The symposium closes the gap between research and the day-to-day care of patients. It helps to overcome the uneven quality of care, increase opportunities for patients to gain access to “compassionate use” treatments and clinical trials. 

The learning objectives

  • To present up-to-date information on the etiology, diagnostic tools, biomarkers, and treatment of nephrotic syndrome 
  • To close the gap between research and the day-to-day care of patients with nephrotic syndrome 
  • To educate general practitioners and allied professionals about current issues in nephrotic syndrome 
  • To educate patients and families about nephrotic syndrome recognition, diagnosis, and treatment. 

Sponsored by

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences 
  • Division of Pediatric Nephrology at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh Center for Kidney Research University of Pittsburgh, Division of Renal-Electrolyte 
  • National Institutes of Health 

Conferences

Renal/Rheumatology Conference

  • This meeting is held every other month, during which attendees discuss clinical topic(s) based on patient cases shared by the Rheumatology and Nephrology divisions. 
  • Attendees include trainees (fellows, rotating residents, medical students) and faculty members from both the Rheumatology and Nephrology divisions. 
  • A fellow from either division leads the discussion of both the case and the teaching topic followed by a question and answer session with input from all attendees. 
  • The conference fosters communication and collaboration between the divisions and provides education for all attendees. 

Care Conferences

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology participates regularly schedule Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) meeting in the areas of Dialysis, Transplantation, Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy, Urology, Rheumatology and Fetal Medicine. 

Renal-Pathology Conference

At this monthly conference, the nephrology faculty, fellows, and other trainees review recent native and transplant kidney biopsies.  The fellow on the inpatient service provides a brief patient history and the indication for biopsy.  The group views slides stained for Hematoxylin & Eosin, Periodic acid-Schiff, and Trichrome under a Multi-Viewer Microscope.  We also review immunofluorescent and electron microscopic images. Dr. Sarangarajan Ranganathan, a Pathology faculty member at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, discusses pathologic features that inform the differential diagnoses.