The Renal Fellow Network, A Fellow’s Perspective

By Niralee Patel, MD

As a trainee newly entering a subspecialty, the sources of information online can be both innumerable and overwhelming. Where can a fellow turn to find the latest updates and interesting cases all in a one-stop-shop source? The Renal Fellow Network (RFN)!

So what is this site and where did it come from? RFN was started in 2008 by Dr. Nathan Hellman, while he was still a fellow. For the past 10 years, fellows from all over the world have been posting interesting cases and discussions about various topics related to nephrology, as well as, keeping informed about new advances, conferences, and resources. The site has quickly grown and in September 2018, RFN announced its partnership the American Society of Nephrology (ASN).

I first learned about the RFN during the first year of fellowship and after a few months of visiting the site every couple of weeks, I eventually signed up to receive emails regarding new content. Which I would highly recommend. Most of the content available is usually far beyond what is usually found in a textbook. For instance, during our renal path conference, we were working through a case and incidentally we found zebra bodies in the patient’s biopsy. My chief fellow stood up and took a picture of the TV that depicted this slide. The very next day, I saw that picture and a short blurb pop up on the RFN describing this rare finding in an adult with not an ounce of Fabry disease. It seemed easy to share what we had learned. As that first year went by, I noticed my senior fellows posting, even quoting RFN in passing! I soon realized, RFN was a great way to learn new things and share these with the world.

RFN not only has interesting cases in nephrology, but also resources for fellows to learn about conferences throughout the year. The website also has links to other Free Online MedEd Resources (FOAMed), such as GlomCon, NephJC, and many other nephrology related blogs.

Staying up to date is made much easier with this single website. From the latest research to the new innovations available as learning tools for training nephrologists are all available in one place. Just this week, I downloaded a new electrolyte app that was posted on the RFN. The site makes it much easier to connect within our nephrology community. I would encourage all fellows to get involved in RFN. Read the content, post your own content. It really is a great way to stay on top of the latest happenings.

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As a trainee newly entering a subspecialty, the sources of information online can be both innumerable and overwhelming. Where can a fellow turn to find the latest updates and interesting cases all in a one-stop-shop source? The Renal Fellow Network (RFN)!

So what is this site and where did it come from? RFN was started in 2008 by Dr. Nathan Hellman, while he was still a fellow. For the past 10 years, fellows from all over the world have been posting interesting cases and discussions about various topics related to nephrology, as well as, keeping informed about new advances, conferences, and resources. The site has quickly grown and in September 2018, RFN announced its partnership the American Society of Nephrology (ASN).

I first learned about the RFN during the first year of fellowship and after a few months of visiting the site every couple of weeks, I eventually signed up to receive emails regarding new content. Which I would highly recommend. Most of the content available is usually far beyond what is usually found in a textbook. For instance, during our renal path conference, we were working through a case and incidentally we found zebra bodies in the patient’s biopsy. My chief fellow stood up and took a picture of the TV that depicted this slide. The very next day, I saw that picture and a short blurb pop up on the RFN describing this rare finding in an adult with not an ounce of Fabry disease. It seemed easy to share what we had learned. As that first year went by, I noticed my senior fellows posting, even quoting RFN in passing! I soon realized, RFN was a great way to learn new things and share these with the world.

RFN not only has interesting cases in nephrology, but also resources for fellows to learn about conferences throughout the year. The website also has links to other Free Online MedEd Resources (FOAMed), such as GlomCon, NephJC, and many other nephrology related blogs.

Staying up to date is made much easier with this single website. From the latest research to the new innovations available as learning tools for training nephrologists are all available in one place. Just this week, I downloaded a new electrolyte app that was posted on the RFN. The site makes it much easier to connect within our nephrology community. I would encourage all fellows to get involved in RFN. Read the content, post your own content. It really is a great way to stay on top of the latest happenings.

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Monday, October 1, 2018