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Innovations in Kidney Education Contest

ASN Innovations in Kidney Education Contest

2019: Innovations in Kidney Education Contest - Winners Circle

The contest has been paused for 2019. Instead, ASN presents the Innovations in Kidney Education Contest Winners Circle. Past contest winners are invited to present and provide updates on their tools at Kidney Week in Washington D.C. at the ASN Communities Lounge in the exhibit hall. The presentation line-up will be posted in July.

When will the contest re-open?

Spring 2020

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.

Congratulations to the 2018 Winners!

Congratulations to the 2017 Winners!

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners!

Congratulations to the 2015 Winners!

  • Water Homeostasis
    John Danziger, MD and Team; Nephrologist; Harvard Medical School
  • The Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Simulator
    Kamalana K. Sambandam, MD; Nephrologist, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
  • Nephropoly: Urine Trouble (Board game focused on physiology of the nephron)
    Dorey A. Glenn, MD and Team; Fellow, University of North Carolina Kidney Center