The GlomCon Interactive Fellows’ Curriculum is a further development of the original GlomCon Fellowship Trivia, which won the 2017 ASN Innovation in Education Award. In this new series, we continue to provide an opportunity for interested nephrology fellowship programs to participate in the creation of an engaging and unique learning experience for clinicians at all level of training and practice.
The spirit of this initiative remains the same and reflects the overall goal of the GlomCon Teaching Initiative, that is to create an inclusive community of nephrologists interested in:
- Providing and adopting complementary teaching opportunities.
- Enabling cross-institutional exchange of experience and treatment approaches.
- Provide an opportunity for students and trainees to create new connections beyond the institutional or geographical barrier.
- Inspiring the next generation of clinician workforce to pursue clinical and/or research careers to improve the care of patients with kidney disease.
Based on the tremendous feedback and encouragement we received, and to incorporate the suggestions from the participants, the GlomCon Interactive Fellows’ Curriculum will provide a topic based didactic on clinically pertinent aspects of glomerular kidney disease (diagnosis, acute, and long-term management), and take place more frequently (~twice monthly).
The goal is to cover a broad spectrum of glomerular kidney disorders during a 12 month period, whereby each session is lead by a volunteering nephrology training program and/or an expert in the field. For the most part, these sessions will be preceded by the review of the renal pathology of the given disorder as part of the GlomCon Nephropathology Essentials.
We hope this initiative can be leveraged to enhance the learning experience of trainees by putting didactic curricula into the context of real live cases and the day to day patient care.
The existing platforms within the GlomCon project, as well as additional initiatives under development, can provide a chance to increase the routine exposure of trainees to the diversity of glomerular disease presentations, learn about center specific approaches, and engage with colleagues and experts in the field in a more direct and engaging manner. As this initiative has also been attended by more junior trainees and students, we hope to spark curiosity among medical students, residents, and fellows and create connections for them to engage in scholarly pursuits to improve the care of patients with kidney disease.