Love it or hate it, social media has become an ever-pervasive presence in nearly every aspect of our lives, and no sphere has been spared, especially nephrology. We may postulate that this is perhaps because nephrology, by its very nature, provides such a rich soil for academic discourse; that fluid physiology demands a blog post, electrolyte puzzles make great tweets, and regardless of all that we just cannot help posting salty jokes. That may be true, but certainly the world of nephrology on social media as we know it has also been laboriously designed through the
For many years to come, just thinking of the year 2020 will put most of us into sympathetic overdrive. Coronavirus infectious disease 2019 (COVID-19) has dominated every part of our practice and continues to do so as we enter 2021. But if we track the arc of time, each tumultuous period has also spurred strides of innovation. Despite the odds, we have witnessed and continue to look forward to new landmark trials in nephrology that will have a lasting impact on our clinical practice. As our foray into the inaugural Fellows First column, we recap highlights of 2020 and anticipate
Medical education, like medicine itself, has evolved over time—from the days of professional guilds and apprenticeships to the establishment of structured postgraduate residency training to duty-hours’ restrictions, changes in licensing exams, and the growth of innovative educational resources (1). As the design of medical training changes, so too does the type of physician it produces. After all, medical education is not simply the acquisition of knowledge or even of skills and experiences but a process of shaping and the metamorphosis of the learner.
In a field like medicine, interwoven as it is with the science and humanity of