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Novel Educational Approaches to Enhance Learning and Interest in Nephrology

  • Kenar D. Jhaveri
    Correspondence
    Address correspondence to Kenar D. Jhaveri, MD, Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension, North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, 100 Community Drive, 2nd Floor, Great Neck, NY 11021.
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    Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension, North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Great Neck, NY; Division of Nephrology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC; and Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension, North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Great Neck, NY
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  • Matthew A. Sparks
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    Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension, North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Great Neck, NY; Division of Nephrology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC; and Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension, North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Great Neck, NY
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  • Hitesh H. Shah
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    Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension, North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Great Neck, NY; Division of Nephrology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC; and Division of Kidney Diseases and Hypertension, North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Great Neck, NY
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      The number of U.S. medical graduates pursuing careers in nephrology has declined over the last several years. Some of the proposed reasons for this declining interest include difficult-to-understand or unstimulating kidney pathophysiology courses in medical school; disheartening inpatient elective experiences; and few opportunities to experience the other aspects of nephrology careers such as outpatient nephrology clinics, outpatient dialysis, and kidney transplantation. Novel and alternative educational approaches should be considered by the nephrology training community to enhance the understanding of nephrology from medical school to fellowship training. Newer teaching methods and styles should also be incorporated to adapt to today's learner. These innovative educational approaches may not only increase interest in nephrology careers, but they may also enhance and maintain interest during nephrology fellowship. In this article, we will review several educational approaches that may enhance teaching and learning in nephrology.

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