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Physician education

We are committed to the education of trainees from all levels and backgrounds. Our division and faculty play an active role in both undergraduate and postgraduate education

Undergraduate education

Drs. Tanna and Zahirieh are co-course directors for Renal Week of the MMMD course for Year 2 medical students at the University of Toronto. They also teach Year 1 and Year 3 medical student seminars.

Elective experience in Nephrology is available for undergraduate trainees from University of Toronto and other Universities ( http://admin.med.utoronto.ca/utme/).

Residency and fellowships

Core Internal Medicine residents at the University of Toronto rotate through our Nephrology service in one to two month blocks. While on our consult service, they are exposed to a wide variety of nephrological problems, including critically ill patients with renal failure, electrolyte disturbances as well as kidney disease in pregnant woman. We are proud of this very highly rated rotation. In fact, we have been the highest ranked nephrology rotation at the University of Toronto for the last 6 years.

We also provide subspecialty Nephrology training to both clinical fellows and nephrology specialty residents. Our trainees are involved in the care of dialysis patients, ward, as well as consult nephrology patients. One of the highlights of this rotation is our weekly journal club. Fellows are not only asked to present the most current research, but are also taught by Dr. Naimark the statistical tools needed to appraise literature critically.

Our faculty

We are a varied and dynamic group that is committed to pursuing excellence in education. We value education and it shows! Each of our faculty has a unique niche, and therefore, we are able to provide education on a broad and diverse range of topics.

There is no better place to learn about pregnancy and kidney than from Dr. Hladunewich. Her outpatient practice is one of the highest ranked clinics in our Division.

Dr. Tobe is an expert in hypertension and renal artery stenosis. His educational tools are listed below.

Graduate education is provided by Drs. Oliver and Naimark through the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Web-based educational tools

These tools have been developed by our faculty:

Nephrology Now


Nephrology Now is a meta-journal created by Dr. G. Tanna to allow you to stay up-to-date with the current clinical literature in the field of nephrology. Newsletters are published on a monthly basis. With a subscriber base of over 3500 worldwide, it has become a recognized resource for the nephrology community.

Nephrology Pearls


Nephrology Pearls is a 40 questions-of-the-day set created to cover the 'pearls' that all internal medicine residents should know. Questions are sent by email Sunday through Thursday and the answer set for the week is emailed Friday morning.

Hypertension and Global Risk Elective


The site is designed for trainees in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto, offering presentations and materials created by hypertension specialists at Sunnybrook.

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Nephrology division

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Kidney Care Centre at the CNIB Centre
1929 Bayview Ave., 3rd floor
Toronto, ON M4G 3E8

416-480-6100 ext. 63863


Division Head:
Dr. Matthew Oliver

Dialysis unit

Phone: 416-480-4488

Fax: 416-480-4485

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