Medicine has become ever more complex. We deal with ever-increasing patient workloads and convoluted medical systems (1). As a result, medical education can sometimes take a back seat in the face of these challenges. Does this sound like a familiar scenario to you? Perhaps it’s time to change the paradigm of medical education.
I am a second-year nephrology fellow with a great passion for teaching. I strongly believe that we as fellows can continue to facilitate change in the medical education paradigm. We are in house every day, working closely with residents and medical students. We
Using Twitter is the great new foray of medical education. It is free and easily accessible, and information is available as short “bite-sized” tweets. Threading together multiple tweets to create a tweetorial is one popular method to reach and educate learners (1) (Figure 1). Beyond dissemination of knowledge, tweetorials are also seen as a tool to stimulate medical curiosity, which has the added benefits of encouraging independent study and critical thinking (2, 3). However, given the lack of definitive studies linking social media and educational outcomes, this begs the question of how
Dominique Tomacruz, Sayna Norouzi, and Joel M. Topf
Hello! Welcome to The Skeleton Key Group (SKG) world. We love analyzing and dissecting electrolyte abnormalities. We publish an electrolyte case every month on the Renal Fellow Network. We are honored to be invited to participate in this special Kidney News issue as part of a series on free open-access medical education (FOAMed).
A 42-year-old woman with a history of hypertension and diabetes mellitus was evaluated for hypokalemia and hypomagnesemia. She was diagnosed with invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix for which she underwent radical hysterectomy and bilateral pelvic lymph node dissection, external beam radiotherapy
Edward Kwakyi, Sayna Norouzi, Kate J. Robson, and Harish Seethapathy
I am a newly qualified nephrologist, currently working in the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Accra, Ghana. At KBTH, where we run a weekly glomerular diseases clinic, my experience has been rewarding but not without challenges; these include a prolonged turnaround time for kidney biopsy results and choosing reasonable alternatives when standard-of-care medications are not affordable or available.
My experience as a GlomCon fellow has been immeasurable. The opportunity to learn and interact with pacesetters in glomerular diseases has been an invaluable experience. The histopathology sessions with phenomenal nephropathologists have demystified a vital tool that I had previously approached