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ASN 2017 Innovations in Kidney Education Contest

2018 ASN Innovations in Kidney Education Contest Finalists

The American Society of Nephrology proudly announces the finalists of the fourth Innovations in Kidney Education Contest. Researchers, students, post-doctoral trainees, nephrologists, and PhD faculty provided exciting and creative submissions. The finalists represent the best of these innovative approaches to teaching about kidney health and disease.

Judges selected six finalists to proceed to Part 2 of the contest based on relevance, creativity, portability, and feasibility of their ideas. Up to three of the finalists will be selected as winners.

Winners will be announced in August 2018 and will be awarded a prize worth $5,000 and complimentary registration to the ASN Kidney Week 2018 Annual Meeting, October 25–28, 2018, in San Diego, CA.

  • NephSim Website
    Samira S. Farouk, MD; Rachel Hilburg, MD
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
  • Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Instructional Videos
    Abhilash Koratala, MD; Mark S. Segal, MD, PhD; Amir Kazory, MD
    University of Florida
  • Hemodialysis Access 101
    Namrata Krishnan, MD
    Yale School of Medicine/VA Medical Center CT
  • CKD Empathy Game
    Kevin Shaw; Bjoerg Thorsteinsdottir, MD; Robert C. Albright Jr., DO; Victor Montori, MD, MS; Annika Beck; Susan H. Curtis, MS; Ian G. Hargraves, PhD
    Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
  • Virtual Reality and Gaming Renal Curriculum
    Aleksandr Vasilyevich, MD, PhD
    New York Institute of Technology
  • NephPro Case-Based Mobile App
    George Vasquez-Rios, MD; Neil Evans, MD; Sayna Norouzi, MD; Stephanie Shieh, MD
    Saint Louis University Hospital
    VA Saint Louis Healthcare System

About the Contest

The ASN Innovations in Kidney Education Contest was launched in 2015 to stimulate the development of innovative tools to inspire medical students and residents to think about nephrology in new ways. Topics can cover renal physiology, pathophysiology, and/or clinical management.

Contest Goals

  • Develop and share tools to enhance teaching kidney physiology using non-didactic, interactive teaching instruments
  • Generate excitement among medical students and residents about the field of nephrology
  • Engender interactions between medical students, residents, graduate students, nephrology fellows, post-doc trainees, faculty, practicing nephrologists, and researchers
  • Engage learners in ASN activities
  • Create novel ideas for additional curricula development for medical and graduate students in the field of nephrology

What is the contest?

There are two parts to the contest:

  • Part 1: Idea Submission
    Submission of ideas for an innovative teaching tool that will help teach nephrology
  • Part 2: Teaching Tool Submission
    Development and submission of the new teaching tool

What are "innovative teaching tools?"

Innovative teaching tools may be videos, smartboard talks, games, apps, or other electronic teaching instruments.

Who can enter the contest?

The contest is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry, and who are students and trainees (undergraduate, graduate, medical, PhD, resident, medical fellow, and post-doc trainees [documentation required]), faculty, practicing nephrologists, and researchers. Teams are encouraged to enter—only one prize will be awarded to the team.

Where do I submit my idea/tool?

Submit ideas for the contest online.

When can I submit my idea/tool?

Date Deadline
April 23, 2018 Idea Submission Site Opens
June 8, 2018, 4:00 p.m. eastern time Idea Submission Site Closes
June 25, 2018 Finalists Notified
July 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. eastern time Finalists' Teaching Tool Submission Deadline
August 1, 2018 Winners Notified

How will submitted ideas/tools be judged?

Ideas will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance
  2. Creativity
  3. Portability
  4. Feasibility

Teaching tools will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Effectiveness
  2. Appeal and Interest
  3. Engagement

The contest will be governed by the contest official rules and the judges' decisions are final.

What is the prize?

  • Part 1: Up to six ideas will be selected. Each winning idea will be awarded $1,000 to support the development of the idea into a teaching tool.
  • Part 2: Up to three teaching tools will be selected. Each winning tool developer will be awarded one (1) complimentary registration for entry to and attendance at ASN Kidney Week 2018 Annual Meeting, October 23-25, 2018, in San Diego, CA ("Kidney Week 2018") and a prize of $4,550.00, Approximate Retail Value of (ARV) of $5,000.00. Team submission winners will receive ONE (1) prize only.

Additional Information

Congratulations to the 2017 Winners!

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners!