Fatima University Medical Center-Valenzuela, Department of Internal Medicine, Nephrology section has earned the distinction of becoming the first and only, private hospital in the CAMANAVA, to have an accredited Nephrology Fellowship Training Program.
The 2-year program is designed to train Internists to recognize, handle, and manage renal diseases which includes dialysis and kidney transplantation. After the training, participants of the program have to pass both written and oral examinations in order for them to be conferred the title Diplomate and Fellow and become certified Nephrologists who are members of the Philippine Society of Nephrology (PSN).
Dr. Albert Lu, Head of the Nephrology Section, of Fatima University Medical Center, spearheaded the accreditation for the program. He shares, “my passion to teach and train future Nephrologists was the inspiration and driving force for me to work on having the very first fellowship training program here at FUMC. I truly believe that with our competent Nephrology staff, we will be able to achieve our goals and objectives..”
The vision of the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program is to establish the FUMC-Nephrology Section, Department of Medicine, as a premier training institution in the CAMANAVA, that provides and achieves the best outcome in managing patients with renal and allied urologic conditions.
The mission of the program are:
1. To fight kidney diseases and help people live a healthier life.
2. To cultivate a learning environment that fosters the spirit of inquiry and establish solid
foundations for scientific research.
3. To train kidney doctors at the highest level of competence and professionalism.
4. To actively involve in-patient oriented studies that will improve treatment outcome.
5. To maximize the delivery of quality patient care and reduce mortality.
6. To adapt to changes and promote advancement in the field of kidney care.
Dr. Lu, who is himself, a Diplomate and Fellow of the Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Society of Nephrology, has been a practicing Nephrologist for the past 28 years and 25 years in the academe. He claims that the complexity of the science of Nephrology was his source of inspiration in pursuing this specialization.
“Getting the accreditation was not easy.” Narrates, Dr. Lu. “We had to pass the stringent requirements of the accreditation board of the Adult Nephrology Fellowship Training Program of the Philippine Society of Nephrology. I am just so happy and thankful to the hospital administration and our Medical Director for their full support. And of course, to my training officer and training core, for their time and dedication. It was truly teamwork that got us here, and we will continue to work on ensuring the success of this program.”