Adult Nephrology Residency Training Program

Academic Program

The McMaster University Nephrology Residency Program has a strong emphasis in providing a comprehensive learning experience in order to achieve competencies in all CanMEDS domains.  The curriculum is unique and aimed to provide exposure to all aspects of nephrology, yet allows for flexibility and encouragement of self-directed learning by providing seven blocks of electives.  The academic half day is novel and graded with PGY4s and PGY5s residents being provided separate and protected academic half days.  The faculties are extremely motivated and dedicated to resident education and participate in various educational rounds as presenters as well as being participants and offering feedback.In order to assess competency and guide program and self-directed learning, a variety of resident assessment tools are utilized.

All the faculty have a strong commitment in ensuring high quality patient care and are outstanding role models in helping residents achieve the vision of the Nephrology Residency Program.  The Nephrology Program at McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare 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 and deceased donor transplantation and has associated with it a large renal transplant outpatient clinic.  The program emphasizes full patient care including 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, there is an emphasis in promoting quality improvement and residents are also involved in quality assurance projects.