Our mission is to teach, role model, continually self-evaluate, innovate and inspire our learners to provide holistic patient-centred care in leading to a competent, compassionate, dedicated and well-rounded nephrologist.
Our vision is to be leaders in Nephrology Education by empowering our learners to strive for excellence and innovation in all CanMEDS domains leading to a responsible, professional and competent nephrologist with a strong commitment to patient-centred care, research and commitment to society, to lead, represent and protect patients with renal disease.
Welcome to McMaster’s Adult Nephrology Subspecialty Residency Program.
The McMaster University Nephrology Residency Program is a competency-based training program that has a strong emphasis in providing a comprehensive learning experience in order to achieve skills in all CanMEDS domains. The curriculum is unique and aimed to provide exposure to all aspects of nephrology, yet allowing for flexibility and self-directed learning. The program is tailored to learner needs and therefore a variety of assessment methods are utilized in order to provide trainees feedback and guidance. The academic half-day is novel and graded with PGY4 and PGY5 residents being provided separate and protected academic half days. The faculty are extremely motivated and dedicated to resident learning and oversee all aspects of education.
The Nephrology Program at McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is the largest clinical program in Canada and therefore the residents are exposed to a highly complex pool of patients with a variety of renal diseases. In addition, there is a large renal transplant program that performs living, deceased donor and high-risk transplantation and has associated with it a large renal transplant outpatient clinic. The program emphasizes full patient care including an emphasis on nephrologists performing procedures.
The academic program also has a strong clinical, basic science and medical education research component. There a numerous renowned faculty within the Division of Nephrology who lead major research projects and are leaders in their field. A strong research infrastructure to support trainees in pursuing either clinical, basic science or medical education research is provided. In addition, residents are provided training in completing a quality improvement and patient safety project.
The McMaster University Nephrology Training program has as its core objective to graduate trainees who are practical and competent Nephrology consultants. There is a strong emphasis on acquiring knowledge in a contextual manner to help integrate and consolidate knowledge in developing competencies in renal related problems and diagnostic procedures.
Being a resident-focused program, the goal is to accommodate the resident’s chosen career path and the program has been successful in tailoring a career targeted towards either academic or community-based nephrology.
For the training program, core requirements will consist of the following. These occur in a four-week block rotation.
|PGY4 Year||PGY5 Year|
|1||Clinics I (General/Urgent Consult/Specialized Clinics)||1||AKI City |
Home Therapies I
|4||Research||4||Competence Committee |
|5||In patient |
Transplant Nephrology I
|5||Inpatient Nephrology |
|6||Clinics II (General/Urgent Consult/Specialized Clinics)||6||Transplant |
|7||Clinics/Holiday Rotation||7||Clinics/Holiday rotation|
|8||Competence Committee Selective||8||Pediatrics|
|9||Acute Kidney Injury |
Home Therapies III
|11||In patient |
Transplant Nephrology II
|11||Clinics III (General/Urgent Consult/Specialized Clinics)|
Home Therapies II
|13||In patient |
The Nephrology program has a strong research infrastructure to support trainees in pursuing either clinical, basic science or medical education research. Numerous faculty members of the division have an interest in various aspects of nephrology.
Additional information regarding the Division of Nephrology’s research productivity can be found at the Hamilton Centre for Kidney Research website.