Kidney education network
Free, open-access, online medical education (FOAMED) resources in adult and pediatric nephrology
Many of these resources are focused on adults but contain quality nephrology content and some pediatric-specific articles.
- Run the List Episode 76: Med Ed for Medical Students (Part 1)
- Run the List Episode 77: Med Ed for Residents, Fellows, and Faculty (Part 2)
- The Curbsiders #207: How to Create a Medical Podcast: Tales from the Curbside
- The Curbsiders Teach: the internal medicine podcast for all things medical education(multiple episodes)
The European Reference Network for Rare Kidney Diseases (“ERKNet”) is a consortium of more than 70 pediatric and adult nephrology centers in 24 European countries. Their website offers guidelines and pathways on a wide array of topics including many rare disorders affecting children and adults, as well as pediatric-specific guidelines in the areas of chronic kidney disease (CKD), dialysis and kidney transplantation. Their site also hosts many high-quality educational webinars. Find ERKNet on Twitter.
Kidney International (KI) Reports hosts the Little Beans Community, a diverse collaboration of pediatric nephrologists and trainees across the world whose goal is to deliver ‘nephron-sized’ teaching concepts useful for the wards and boards. They cover one topic every month via commentaries, educational summaries, and infographic(s).
The Neonatal Kidney Collaborative (NKC) exists to improve the health of newborns with or at risk for kidney disease through multidisciplinary collaborative research, advocacy, and education. In addition to a members-only resource library (🔒), the site is home to an excellent collection of freely available tools including recorded presentations, articles of the month, and even occasional Twitter journal clubs. Find NeonatalKidney on Twitter.
NephroPOCUS advocates for point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS)-enhanced physical examination and serve as a comprehensive resource for anybody interested in POCUS, particularly pertaining to nephrology practice. It is a home to growing collection of ultrasound images, interesting cases, infographics, quizzes, visual abstracts and videos. Find NephroPOCUS on Twitter.
NephSIM is a mobile-friendly teaching tool website designed for anyone who wants to learn or teach nephrology! It can be used to learn or teach how to establish a differential diagnosis, understand pathophysiology, and review urinalysis, ultrasound, kidney pathology, vascular access, kidney transplantation, acid-base physiology, electrolyte disturbances, and more.
New advances such as immune checkpoint inhibitors, chimeric antigen receptor T cells, and stem cell transplantation, may lead to complex kidney injuries involving acid-base balance, electrolyte disarray, and glomerular disorders. Created by Paul Hanna, the Onconephrotoxins Library Collaboration (“OLIC”) offers updated, objective, and conveniently accessible information on the clinical patterns of kidney injury caused by chemo/targeted therapies, as well as a miscellaneous drugs commonly given to patients with cancer. The OLIC website is intended to serve as a resource for medical professionals, patients with cancer, clinical educators, and researchers with an interest in onconephrology.
The Renal Fellow Network (RFN) was established on April 23rd, 2008 by the late Nathan Hellman. RFN was created to provide a forum to discuss interesting nephrology cases, scientific papers, and other topics germane to nephrologists, particularly fellows. The goal is to present cutting edge nephrology-related research and challenging clinical topics in an easily digestible format.
UKidney is a provider of educational tools for the study and practice of nephrology, hypertension management, and kidney transplantation. This site features essential educational contributions from major opinion leaders in nephrology. UKidney uses the latest web technology to deliver the best content in the field of renal education.
visualnephron is an online kidney physiology resource that offers a beautiful graphical representation of the nephron. It has never been easier to visualize the effects of drugs and diseases on the different parts of the kidney.
NephMadness is a nephrology educational initiative that is modeled after the college basketball tournament but with nephrology concepts. It’s big on Twitter. Confused? Click here for a helpful explainer video.
The Nephrology World Cup is a competition that takes place every 4 years, coinciding with the FIFA World Cup. It aims to showcase the richness and diversity of global nephrology scholarship. Thirty-two (32) countries selected from the same roster as the FIFA World Cup face off against each other. The Nephrology World Cup Organizing Committee selects a nephrology research paper published by a team of professionals from each country, showcasing some of the amazing scholarship and research that is being done around the world. The papers/“competitors” face-off in matches similar to how their respective nations will do during the FIFA World Cup. Users select the best scholarly works and the votes determine which competitors succeed. While you vote, you’ll earn points based on your successful predictions of the winners, and the users with the most points win prizes.
From the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, AJKDblog provides the nephrology community with timely, engaging updates on the journal’s practice-changing content. The blog presents a variety of content, including author interviews, expert commentaries, educational material, meeting coverage and an atlas of kidney pathology.
Nephron Power is an academic blog by Dr. Kenar Jhaveri that focuses on nephrology education. The site features topic discussions, concept maps, clinical quizzes, links to nephrology journals and societies, a video library of interesting discussions about glomerulonephritis, and more.
IPNAJC is the online medical journal club of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA). The global pediatric nephrology community is invited to participate on Twitter as they discuss and review recent literature.
Landmark Nephrology is an online educational resource that aims to highlight landmark clinical trials which have shaped the way we practice.
A once-monthly (-ish) blog in which they review, highlight and provide commentary on publications in nephrology, particularly those with practice-changing implications.
Open Access Journals
Kidney International (KI) Reports, an official journal of the International Society of Nephrology, is a peer-reviewed, open access journal devoted to the publication of leading research and developments related to kidney disease. With the primary aim of contributing to improved care of patients with kidney disease, the journal publishes original clinical and select translational articles and educational content related to the pathogenesis, evaluation and management of acute and chronic kidney disease, end stage renal disease, transplantation, acid-base, fluid and electrolyte disturbances and hypertension. KI Reports also hosts the Little Beans Community
Kidney Medicine, an official journal of the National Kidney Foundation, is an open access journal focused on clinical medicine in nephrology and hypertension. Original articles span a wide range of topics including qualitative and quantitative research, research on health care policy, delivery, and disparities, as well as epidemiology and outcomes research.
The Kidney Chronicles is produced and hosted by Dr. Emily Zangla, a pediatric nephrology fellow, and Dr. Annie Kouri, an assistant professor of pediatric nephrology. They interview experts in the field to provide high quality info and “tricks of the trade” that are valuable for clinicians to use in practice.
Channel Your Enthusiasm is a chapter by chapter recap of Burton “Bud” Rose’s (creator of a little known website called UpToDate) classic, The Clinical Physiology of Acid Base and Electrolyte Disorders, a kidney physiology book for nephrologists, fellows, residents and medical students.
Freely Filtered is a twice monthly (-ish) podcast which discusses recent NephJC journal clubs and other big events in the world of nephrology.
Membership in ASN is free to all nephrology fellows (adult and pediatric). Simply complete the membership form, fax it to the ASN office (or email [email protected]), and you are ready to take advantage of the wealth of information they have to offer.
ASPNFOAM Group 🔓/🔒
The ASPNFOAM group is an online collective of international pediatric nephrology trainees and faculty creating free, open-access medical education (FOAMed) materials monthly as tweetorials and infographics based on ASPN pathology and radiology webinars, which require a membership. Membership in the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN) is free for trainees.
The GlomCon Project is a resource for the kidney community to exchange ideas, participate in online conferences, and collaborate on projects. They regularly host seminars and all past seminars are available on their YouTube channel.
KIDNEYcon is an educational meeting for nephrologists, fellows and residents with a focus on hands-on workshops and collaborative research. KIDNEYcon viewing is complimentary; however, there is a fee for those requesting CE credit. Find out more on Twitter.
A series of high-yield kidney histopathology videos.
A series of nephrology-themed blackboard videos (“pencasts”) by Dr. John Roberts that are an excellent resource for learning about kidney diseases and kidney physiology.
Videos covering a wide variety of topics including pathology, history, and short takes on physiology.
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