Medical Students: Educational Resources
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- Board Review Course & Update
- Core Knowledge Questions
- Dialysis Curriculum
- Geriatric Nephrology Curriculum
- Nephrology Self-Assessment Program
- Kidney Self-Assessment Program
- AAMC Resources for Medical Students
- Business Practice
- Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology
- Dialysis Vascular Access
- General Nephrology and Dialysis
Board Review Course & Update (fee charged)
This is the online version of the annual ASN Board Review Course that is patterned after the ABIM Nephrology Board and Maintenance of Certification Examination. For fellows, it is the primary preparatory course for the ABIM's initial certification.
Core Knowledge Questions
Core knowledge questions help prepare fellows for Board Certification in addition to being a general learning tool. A set of questions on different topics in nephrology, along with detailed answers, are published on the website on a bimonthly basis.
Geriatric Nephrology Curriculum
This curriculum, developed by ASN members, consists of a comprehensive course in geriatric nephrology. It entails over 30 chapters, each of which is followed by several questions to assist in self-evaluation. It is an excellent resource to help fellows learn about an area in nephrology which is generally not widely covered in textbooks.
Nephrology Self-Assessment Program
The mission of the Nephrology Self-Assessment Program (NephSAP) is to regularly and continually provide a vehicle that is useful for clinical nephrologists who seek to renew and refresh their clinical knowledge and diagnostic and therapeutic skills. This journal consists of a series of challenging, clinically oriented questions based on case vignettes and a detailed syllabus that reviews recent publications. Taken together, these two parts should assist the individual clinicians in the self-assessment of their strengths and weaknesses in the broad domain of nephrology. NephSAP is also available in hard copy; it is mailed to all recipients of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The website provides access to current and archived NephSAP editions.
Kidney Self-Assessment Program
KSAP is an online self-assessment program that offers Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Part 2 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and is available for purchase (free for ASN members). This program reviews the essentials of nephrology for fellows preparing for initial certification, practicing nephrologists preparing for recertification, and practitioners who want to refresh their understanding of the core elements of nephrology. The case-based questions and answers study tool is based on the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Examination Blueprint.
These sources provide learning opportunities for fellows. ASN is providing links to them as a service to fellows, however ASN does not necessarily endorse these programs.
AAMC Resources for Medical Students
These resources from the Association of American Medical Colleges are designed to help new students manage the medical education process by recommending free and low-cost resources developed by the AAMC.
The Renal Physicians Association Business Practice Curriculum for Fellows - This site contains PowerPoint presentations with accompanying audio that review the major issues related to nephrology business practice, including related health care policy, funding, billing, and other topics.
Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology
The American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology - This site has links for position papers related to management of dialysis vascular access and placement of cardiovascular implantable devices in patiens with CKD and ESRD.
Dialysis Vascular Access
Fistula First Catheter Last - This site has useful links including atlas of vascular access and cannulation videos.
- View 'Physical Examination of Arteriovenous Fistula' video
- Clip #1: A Continuous Circuit
- Clip #2: Arm Elevation Test: Patent Outflow
- Clip #3: Augmentation Test
- Clip #4: Hyperpulsatile Fistula
- Clip #5: Accessory Vein
Vascular Access Bruit Sounds (Tushar Vachharajani, MD, Wake Forest University) - You can download below vascular access sounds that are characteristic of normal and pathologic conditions.
- Normal bruit in an AVF (WAV) | (MP3)
- Normal bruit in an AVG (WAV) | (MP3)
- Stenosis in an AVF (WAV) | (MP3)
- Stenosis in an AVG (WAV) | (MP3)
Epidemiology ABCs - Kidney International (requires membership) - This site provides access to a series of articles that cover the basics of epidemiology.
General Nephrology and Dialysis
American Journal of Kidney Disease Core Curriculum in Nephrology - This site provides, in outline format, instruction in the core curricular areas in nephrology.
American Society of Hypertension Reference List in Clinical Hypertension - This site provides an updated reading list of key articles dealing with clinical hypertension.
Atlas of Diseases of the Kidney - This is an illustration-based resource covering renal physiology and diseases.
Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies information - This site provides information on best practices, technical aspects, and other issues related to CRRT.
Henry Ford Chronic Kidney Disease Clinical Practice Recommendations for Primary Care Physicians and Healthcare Providers - This excellent guide provides clinical practice guidelines for CKD care to primary care and other healthcare providers. It contains information that is also of great value to fellows and other trainees.
Peritoneal Dialysis Guidelines - This site provides updated guidelines on the care of peritoneal dialysis patients. It is provided through the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis.
Peritoneal Dialysis Curriculum (NAC) - This peritoneal dialysis curriculum was developed by the North American Chapter of the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis. It contains 19 chapters, each of which has a downloadable slide deck, either with or without speaker's notes. Topics include PD anatomy and physiology, PD prescription, assessment of PD adequacy, management and prevention of PD complications, patient education, organization and financing of a PD program, and other areas.
American Society of Hypertension - Hypertension guidelines.
American College of Rheumatology - Lupus Nephritis Guidelines.
European Renal - Best Practice Guidelines.
Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Clinical Practice Guidelines - KDIGO was established in 2003 as an independently incorporated non-profit foundation governed by an international Board. KDIGO is managed by the National Kidney Foundation. Its goals are to improve the care and outcomes of kidney disease patients worldwide through promoting coordination, collaboration and integration of initiatives to develop and implement clinical practice guidelines.
Kidney Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative Clinical Practice Guidelines - The National Kidney Foundation Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (NKF KDOQI) has provided evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for all stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and related complications since 1997.
AJKD Atlas of Renal Pathology - This site contains renal pathology images along with description of the pathologic appearance.
Renal Pathology Tutorial (University of North Carolina) - This site contains renal pathology images along with relatively detailed description of the pathologic appearance.
Renal Pathology (Brigham and Women's Hospital) - This site allows viewers to search diagnoses, view a differential and then compare and contrast the entities. If the link does not work directly, search under "renal digest".
American Physiological Society Archive of Teaching Resources - This site allows you to search learning and teaching archives related to physiology and anatomy. Once at the site, click on search the archives and enter your topic of interest into the search engine.
American College of Radiology - Guidelines on assessment of indeterminate renal masses.
Renal imaging (Dr. Gillian Lieberman, Beth Israel) - This site contains a comprehensive library of renal imaging along with indications for doing the radiologic procedures.
Introduction to Genitourinary Radiology (University of Virginia) - This site provides solid introductory instruction on genitourinary radiology.
Urinalysis (University of Utah) - This site contains photographs, cartoons and explanations of urinalysis.