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Pediatric Nephrology

Welcome to the Pediatric Nephrology Residency Program at the University of Alberta.

 

Renal Transplant Program

Our transplant program is integrated into the Alberta Kidney Care-North infrastructure. Transplants are currently done in children as young as 18 months and up to 18 years of age.

 

1500 Patients per Year

Our outpatient service sees over 1500 patients per year, with an opportunity for trainees to be exposed to a wide range of cases. 

 

Nationally Acclaimed Educators, Researchers and Clinicians

Trainees work with leaders in renal pathology, HLA typing, transplantation and pediatric critical care.


Interview/CaRMS Specific Information 

All interviews for 2021 CaRMS match will be conducted virtually. The interviews will be held via Zoom. They will consist of a number of one on one and/or panel meetings. These will include meeting with the Program Administrator, Program Director, panel of teaching faculty and current trainees. These interviews will focus on communication skills, interpersonal skills, level of maturity, empathy and sensitivity. The process is approximately two to three hours in length, an agenda will be sent in advance.

Contact Us

Pediatric Nephrology Residency Program
Department of  Pediatrics, Division of Nephrology,
University of Alberta
Email: pedsneph@ualberta.ca  
Phone: 780-248-5531

Dr. Abdullah Alabbas
Program Director, Pediatric Nephrology

Ms. Kathleen Blair
Program Administrator
Email: pedsneph@ualberta.ca  


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Dr. Abdullah Alabbas
Program Director

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Ms. Kathleen Blair
Program Administrator

Welcome to Our Program

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology, University of Alberta offers a two year residency training program. The program is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Our program offers a balance of clinical and scholarly exposures that are designed to create a stimulating environment to develop skills in Pediatric Nephrology. Our clinical service offers a full renal transplant program integrated into the Alberta Kidney Care-North infrastructure. Transplants are currently done in children as young as 18 months and up to 18 years of age. We offer acute and chronic hemodialysis, acute and chronic peritoneal dialysis, and aphaeresis modalities. Our outpatient service sees over 1500 patients per year, with an opportunity for trainees to attend combined Nephrology/Urology Clinic, Lupus Clinic, Peritoneal Dialysis clinic, Kidney Stone Clinic, Hypertension Clinic, Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic, Acute Kidney Injury Clinic, Comprehensive Chelation Clinic, Renal Transplant Clinic, Solid Organ Transplant clinic and General Nephrology clinics.

The trainees will also learn to evaluate children with kidney disorders including electrolyte disturbances, hematuria, proteinuria, glomerulonephritis and urinary tract infections. Trainees also manage complex and serious disorders such as poisonings, metabolic disorders, congenital urologic disorders and end-stage renal disease.

As of July 2018, our program moved to a Competence by Design learning structure. For more information regarding this, please refer to the Royal College's "A Resident's Guide".

Thank you for learning about our program, we look forward to meeting you! 

 

Dr. Abdullah Alabbas
Program Director


Our Program

In the Pediatric Nephrology Residency Program, trainees will learn to evaluate children with kidney disorders including electrolyte disturbances, hematuria, proteinuria, glomerulonephritis and urinary tract infections. Trainees also manage complex and serious disorders such as poisonings, metabolic disorders, congenital urologic disorders and end-stage renal disease that may require dialysis, apheresis and/or kidney transplantation.

Program Highlights

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Training includes clinical nephrology, critical appraisal, research methodology (basic and clinical) and QA/QI course.

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Our service provides hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, apheresis, transplantation and renal biopsy services, and works closely with adult colleagues under the Alberta Kidney Care-North program.
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The University of Alberta is the first North American program to incorporate hemodialysis simulation into core pediatric nephrology training.

Our program participates in multidisciplinary clinics with pediatric rheumatology, pediatric urology, pediatric solid organ transplant, and high risk prenatal services.

Subspecialty trainees participate in a trainee run continuity clinic.

Patients are diverse within our catchment area of over two million people, including Northern and Central Alberta, Northern BC, Northwest Territories, and Saskatchewan.

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Stollery Science Lab Distinguished Researcher Todd Alexander discusses his child health project, developing better treatments for young patients with kidney disease. Alexander's work is funded by the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and its donors.


Residency at a Glance

This residency program is for 2 years.
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
A two year rotational curriculum involves the following rotations:
Year 1

Inpatient Consultation service (3 blocks)

Outpatient clinics (3 blocks)

Dialysis (1 block)

Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease (1 block)

Pediatric Urology (1 block)

Renal Pathology (1 block)

Research (1 block)

Elective (1 blocks)

Year 2

Inpatient Consultation service (2)

Outpatient consultation service (2.5)

Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease (2)

Adult Hemodialysis (0.5 block)

Adult Peritoneal Dialysis (0.5 blocks)

HLA lab / Adult transplant (1.5 blocak)

Research (1 block)

Elective (2 blocks)

Electives
  • Research
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • Neonatal Critical Care Medicine
  • Pediatric Rheumatology

Other opportunities are approved by the program director.


Teaching Hospitals

The primary training sites for the Pediatric Nephrology Training Program are at the Stollery Children’s Hospital and University of Alberta Hospital.

 


Resident Testimonials

We asked our residents what they like about Edmonton, their highlights of the program, and one piece of advice for applicants about the interview process. Here is what a few of them had to say.

 

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What do you like about Edmonton: Due to COVID19 I have not explored enough of the city yet! There are plenty of good restaurants, a beautiful river valley and it is close enough to great camping and hiking locations. It is an affordable city to live in.

What are the highlights of the program for you: I really enjoy the company of the people I work with. I have had great exposure to renal transplants as well as other solid organ transplants, PCICU and PICU cases. The program has been very responsive to feedback and accommodating to our needs as learners.

What is one piece of advice that you want to share with applicants about the interview process: Think about what is important to you in a program and city and ask questions to find out if this program is a good fit for you. It is important to be happy in both your home and professional life. We are excited to meet you!

Dr. Erin Hedin (Saskatoon, SK) 

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What do you like about Edmonton: It's been really neat to go camping in the mountains! Definitely a new experience for me. Edmonton has some great dog parks for anyone who has pups. We are big fans of Jackie Parker, Terwillegar and Buena Vista. I look forward to COVID ending because I hear good things about festivals and restaurants!

What are the highlights of the program for you: Everyone you work with is really lovely! From the staff to the residents to the other services, everyone is very kind and hardworking towards the cause of helping kids feel better!

What is one piece of advice that you want to share with applicants about the interview process: This is an excellent place to train, with a good combination of exposure without overwhelming volume. Your colleagues are wonderful and kind. The city has everything you need and is an affordable place to live. These are such important factors when you are at this stage of your life! You cannot go wrong with UofA!

Dr. Megan (Ottawa, Ontario) 

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What do you like about Edmonton: It is a multicultural city and the people are very friendly. I loved its nature, the river and the lakes. I enjoyed biking, running and walking. The winter is very cold but survivable and you would get used to it. The temperature varies significantly and I enjoyed the snow when the temperature above zero but definitely not when it is below -20. It has several shopping malls and West Edmonton Mall is the largest mall all of Canada. It is recommended to visit.

What are the highlights of the program for you: It is a well organized program and has excellent resources. Reading books and online study material are provided for free. The nephrologists are a group of experts in the field. Each one has their own subspecialized interest. The dietitian and the specialty nurses are knowledgeable in their field and they participate in teaching as well. I found all the team members are very interested in teaching and very supportive for trainees. The teaching is intensified and covers all aspects of nephrology. The program is sharpening the skills and knowledge of the trainees, not only in clinical aspects and research but goes beyond that to laboratory and basic sciences. I will never regret being trained here.

What is one piece of advice that you want to share with applicants about the interview process: Be authentic and genuine.

Dr. Anwar Al-Omairi (Sultanate of Oman, Muscat)

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What do you like about Edmonton: Its people! They are friendly and talkative and there is a significant diversity which approach me to different cultures. Moreover, Edmonton has beautiful parks where we can practice outdoor winter and summer sports and the Rockies are so close!

What are the highlights of the program for you: It has different rotations for the development of both clinical and research skills. The hospital offers tertiary nephrology care including dialysis and transplantation so we are exposed to varied complex diseases and situations. The half days are very useful, especially to improve my knowledge on renal physiology. The staff are brilliant nephrologists, always supportive, motivating and ready to teach. The work environment is great!

What is one piece of advice that you want to share with applicants about the interview process: Prepare in advance all the questions you may have about the program and feel free to ask them.

Dr. Sara Rodriguez-Lopez (Madrid, Spain)