Is a predominantly clinical specialty dealing with diseases of the kidneys as they affect people of all ages. Besides the pathophysiological processes involved and the physical impact of each condition, psycho-social effects must also be understood. The potential benefits and risks of specific treatments must be learned and experience gained in the multi-disciplinary approach to management of patients with kidney disease. The physician may later wish to may develop subspecialty expertise in areas such as transplantation, obstetric medicine, vasculitis, etc. so it is important that an interest in such topics can be facilitated during training. (RCPI – November 2013)

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