Current Activities

N.B. These research activities are determined exempt from IRB review per 45 CFR 46.

The “Acute Dialysis Orders” OSCE: Peritoneal Dialysis Question.

We have developed a peritoneal dialysis test question, assessing ability to manage an acute episode of peritonitis. Validation committee testing is complete, and the test question will be available for fellow validation in Spring 2019. Our testing protocol has been reviewed and approved by the WRNMMC Department of Research Protections. If you are a Nephrology Program Director or Associate Program Director, and are interested in having your fellows participate in testing, please contact us.

The “Acute Dialysis Orders” OSCE.

We have finished the second administration (Spring 2017) of this formative examination, and a paper is in preparation. (See our original, preliminary validation publication at Prince et al, Clin Kidney J, 2017.) Primary Investigators: Drs. Lisa K. Prince and Christina M. Yuan.

If you are a Nephrology Program Director or Associate Program Director, and are interested in learning more about the OSCE, please contact us.

The “Breaking Bad News” OSCE.

This OSCE assesses nephrology fellows for their interpersonal communication, professionalism, and medical knowledge skills in counseling patients for renal replacement therapy and kidney biopsy. It uses two validated assessment tools.

We have completed our validation studies, and a manuscript is in preparation. PI: Dr. Lisa K. Prince.

If you are a Nephrology Program Director or Associate Program Director, and are interested in using the OSCE, please contact us.

Surveys of graduates and directors of nephrology training programs.

We use anonymous on-line surveys to determine a) clinical practice and training satisfaction among nephrology fellowship graduates, and b) training practices and opinions among nephrology program directors.

At present, we are preparing a survey regarding the impact of the electronic medical record on Nephrology fellow training. PI: Dr. Christina M. Yuan.

If you are a Nephrology Program Director, and are interested in helping to design such surveys, or would like to administer a survey to your fellowship graduates, please contact us.