Renal Grand Rounds

UCSF Renal Grand Rounds is a weekly conference devoted to new developments in clinical nephrology, clinical research, and basic science research. Participants include adult nephrologists from all three hospitals, kidney transplant nephrologists and surgeons, pediatric nephrologists, and community nephrologists. We also host prominent speakers from other institutions. Topics range from basic aspects of renal physiology to clinical applications. The conference is held every Wednesday from 8 to 9 a.m.

Clinical Case Conference

The three-site clinical case conference is held every Monday from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. Interesting cases from adult nephrology, pediatric nephrology, and transplant nephrology are presented for discussion and literature review.

There is also a clinical case conference at San Francisco General Hospital on Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Renal Research Conference

Fellows and faculty, local and visiting, present their research in an interactive forum, discussing research protocols, techniques, data analysis, and data interpretation. This conference is held during our Renal Grand Rounds time slot.

Journal Club

Nephrology journal club is a forum for discussion of new research of relevance to nephrology and allied scientific fields. Both trainees and faculty members present recent clinical and scientific research articles. Fellows learn how to appraise research articles critically. This conference is held regularly during our Renal Grand Rounds 8 to 9 a.m. time slot on selected Wednesdays.

Fellows' Lecture Series

This year-long lecture series provides the core nephrology curriculum and is held every Tuesday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Kidney Pathology Conference

Biopsy cases are selected from adult nephrology, pediatric nephrology, and kidney transplant patients at UCSF. Interesting cases referred from the community will also be reviewed and discussed. The UCSF Department of Pathology uses a state-of-the-art, high-resolution digital pathology platform that greatly enhances the quality of kidney specimens reviewed in conference, including light microscopy, immunofluorescence, and electron microscopy.

The conference is a teaching and working conference; management decisions based on the pathology are discussed. UCSF rheumatologists routinely join the conference for mutual patients shared with nephrology. Our renal pathologists Drs. Vighnesh Walavalkar, Anatoly Urisman, and Zoltan Laszik lead this conference, which is held twice monthly on Monday from 12:30-1:00pm.

Acid-Base/Electrolyte Conference

This conference includes a discussion of fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base physiology based on clinical cases. Dr. Steve Gluck leads this conference, which is held on Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m.

Transplant Nephrology Case Conference

The fellow on the inpatient kidney transplant service presents a challenging transplant case. Points of discussion include: differential diagnosis, diagnostic evaluation, HLA typing and crossmatching, kidney biopsy results, and therapeutic options. Our transplant nephrologist Dr. Allison Webber leads this monthly conference, which is held on the last Tuesday of the month from 12 to 1 p.m.

Attendings Cover Fellows' Pagers During Teaching Conferences

To optimize learning during teaching conferences, the supervising attendings cover the fellows' pagers during conferences. We have an automated system for forwarding pages from the fellows to the attendings to ensure that the fellows are covered during conferences and to allow seamless patient care.

Remote/Virtual Conferences

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all conferences have been converted to a remote/virtual format. Remote conferences also address travel/commuting issues across the three main sites of UCSF: UCSF Health, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and the San Francisco VA Health Care System. The remote format also allows fellows and faculty with childcare responsibilities to participate more easily and regularly. We will maintain the option for remote/virtual conference attendance post-COVID.

Starting with the 2022-23 academic year, we created designated teleconference rooms at each site for people to gather and to interact, mitigating the effect of remote conferences with the pandemic.

Jonathan Amatruda presenting
Research fellow Dr. Jonathan Amatruda presenting Renal Grand Rounds.