Tuesday, 16 February 2016 16:17

Brigham and Women's Hospital - welcoming the world’s future nephrologists

This blog post is provided by Anil Chandraker, Medical Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation Brigham and Women’s Hospital and ISN Educational Ambassador Vanessa Bijol.

In the past two years The Renal Division and the Nephropathology Service at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts has trained two ISN Fellows from Thailand in transplant nephrology and two from Nigeria and China in renal pathology.

“The fellows get rigorous training in caring for kidney transplant patient, incorporating the most up to date practices and technologies. They have a benchmark to measure their own practices,” explains ISN Educational Ambassador Vanessa Bijol.2 TRC researchers web

These fellows are also assigned a clinical research project to apply their new skills once they return home. “This enables them to decide the best approach to care that is both cost effective and appropriate to the resources in their own countries while still striving for excellent patient care and outcomes,” adds Bijol.

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Nephropathology educational programs for the worldwide nephrology community are limited. Welcoming ISN Fellows to the center is enabling pathologists from countries with no or minimal renal pathology expertise to learn the principles and practice at one of the busiest nephropathology centers and state of the art kidney pathology laboratory facilities.

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The training program emphasizes the importance of clinicopathologic correlations and interpreting light, electron, and immunofluorescence microscopic findings, as well as on the role of kidney biopsies in patient management. “These fellows are also exposed to various academic activities, including teaching conferences and research projects. Our training program is individualized to best fit the needs of fellows and the nephropathology service in their home country,” adds Chandraker.

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Through the ISN Fellowship Programs, Fellows from emerging countries get individual and hands-on training in their selected host institutions. They return home with new skills and knowledge in basic and clinical nephrology, dialysis, transplantation, epidemiology. They improve treatment, teach and train others and become future leaders in the developing world.

The next deadline for applications is May 1st, 2016. CLICK HERE for further information.

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