IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 49MR706 — RENAL MEDICINE


This course is designed to prepare and guide the student in the care of acutely ill patients with acute and chronic renal failure. It will also prepare the student in the diagnosis and management of patients with chronic renal failure using both conservative management and various forms of dialysis. By answering renal consultations the student will learn to manage complex nephrologic and fluid and electrolyte problems. Selected reading and lecture topics are an integral part of the clinical course.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Beth Dragoo (BVDRAGOO@ascension.org)

Director: John Lucia, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: St. Vincent Hospital (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty: Dr. Beckley, Dr. Chong, Dr. Weiss, Dr. Whelan

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Explain common techniques used in nephrology including; renal biopsy, hemodialysis, various forms of peritoneal dialysis, and hemofiltration (PC5)
  • 2) Assist in the management of intensive care patients in terms of fluid and electrolyte balance, total parenteral nutrition (TPN) and hemofiltration (MK4)
  • 3) Recognize acute renal failure and identify treatment options (MK5)
  • 4) Assist in the care of chronic renal failure patients (PC3)
  • 5) Assist in management and care of patients receiving chronic dialysis (MK4)
  • 6) Identify situations for patients on dialysis that may cause instability (PC3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-50

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 10% Lecture/Seminar; 10% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: To check availability, contact Beth Dragoo (BVDRAGOO@ascension.org). We do accept interested students with a wait list availability option.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None