Abstract: FR-OR009

GlomCon – International Web-Based Glomerular Disease Case Conferences: Connecting Peers to Enhance Clinical Experience

Session Information

Category: Nephrology Education

  • 1301 Educational Research

Authors

  • Agrawal, Nikhil, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Stillman, Isaac Ely, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Cabeza Rivera, Franco H., University of Mississippi Medical Center, Ridgeland, Mississippi, United States
  • Castaneda, Jorge Luis, None, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Diaz, Arley F., Kidney Care and Transplant Associates of New England, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
  • Germain, Michael J., Renal and Transplant Assoc of New England, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
  • Iannuzzella, Francesco, None, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Olubukola, Olufunmilola A, BIDMC, CONCORD, New Hampshire, United States
  • Segal, Adam M., None, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Slater, Jonathan, None, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Kupferman, Joseph, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Bhargava, Rhea, None, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Friedman, David J., None, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Danziger, John, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • William, Jeffrey H., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Denker, Bradley M., None, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Pollak, Martin R., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Poyan-Mehr, Ali, None, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Rodby, Roger A., Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Naljayan, Mihran V., LSUHSC School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
  • Jhaveri, Kenar D., Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine- Northwell health system, Great neck, New York, United States
  • Lecker, Stewart H., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center , Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Schlondorff, Johannes S., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Sise, Meghan E., Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Yau, Timothy, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Background

Gaining enough exposure to glomerular diseases is a challenge and may lead to uncertainties in the management of these patients. The aim of our Glomerular Disease Case Conferences (GlomCon) is to increase nephrologist’s/nephropathologist’s exposure to patients with glomerular disorders and to create a forum to discuss diagnosis and management of individual cases in detail with colleagues.

Methods

We have created a web-based, secure video platform at Glomcon.org where nephrologists/nephropathologists can connect worldwide and participate in live “peer-to-peer” clinical exchange. Participants submit challenging cases from their daily practice. Cases are reviewed by a volunteering nephropathologist/nephrologist and clinico-pathological correlation and therapeutic options discussed in bi-monthly live web sessions. All participants were surveyed in April 2017 for feedback.

Results

Since inception in July 2016, the conferences have seen a steady increase in worldwide participation. As of April 2017, GlomCon includes over 100 participants from 27 countries. A survey of 113 participants yielded the following results: 54% responded. Of these, 100% were “Very satisfied” or “Satisfied”, 86% noted that participation impacted their care, for 31% knowledge about glomerular kidney disorders improved “extremely” and for 54% “very”. 100% believe that the conferences improve the care of patients with glomerular kidney disease.

Conclusion

GlomCon is a new platform which enables nephrologists/nephropathologists to share their experience and solicit peer-to-peer opinion and expertise. The majority of participants feel it has improved their clinical knowledge and with this impacted and improved patient care. Through this inclusive and open-access initiative, new opportunities for raising awareness and enhancing education in glomerular kidney disease has been created.