Year Four Courses

MED 728 - Clinical Program in Nephrology


Credits: 5


Program Directors:

  • Dr. W. Brian Reeves


Administrative Coordinator:

Ms. Tracey Erickson (


Contact Information:



Third Year Medicine Clerkship.


Maximum Number of Students:

2 (HY), 1 (Lehigh), and 1 (York)


When Offered:

All Rotations


Length Of Course:

1 month



For Hershey-8:00 a.m.; Room C5830, BMR Building



The Nephrology elective introduces students to the diagnosis and management of patients with fluid and electrolyte disorders, acute renal failure, and chronic renal failure. The elective is delivered through the inpatient Nephrology consult service at the Hershey Medical Center. Students round with the consult service, evaluate new patients, formulate diagnostic and therapeutic plans, and discuss each patient with the attending staff. Practical experience is supplemented with weekly conferences.


Course Objectives:

Main topics and concepts covered during the elective are:
• Methods to evaluate kidney function
• Diagnosis and treatment of acute renal failure
• Diagnosis and treatment of chronic renal failure
• Diagnosis and treatment of proteinuria
• Diagnosis and treatment of hypertension
• Diagnosis and treatment of hyponatremia
• Diagnosis and treatment of hyperkalemia
• Diagnosis and treatment of acid-base disorders
• Diagnosis and treatment of edema


Additional Information:

Course Specific Requirements: Present a patient at case conference. Briefly discuss a paper at literature update conference.