One of the common resident complaints regarding nephrology is that it's too hard. The nephrologist response to this complaint is usually to deny the difficulty, because its not hard for the nephrologist. Perhaps that denial is counterproductive, first it's hard to disrupt a widely held belief that is continually reinforced by the community of medicine, secondly when you deny the difficulty you insult the intelligence of the student struggling with new concepts. Its essentially saying, "Hard? differentiating among the pulmonary renal syndromes is easy, what are you stupid?"Since that time a number of residents, fellows and students have earned nephrology merit badges. The concept has evolved a bit as the badges are being awarded to comemorate specific patient encounters rather than general concepts. So it's still a work in progress. Here is a summary of the badges:
Instead of denying the difficulty we should re-frame the meme. Yes, nephrology is hard and look how cool it is that you mastered these concepts.
Merit badges, or pieces of flare as my fellow interjected, would add levity and encourage residents to tackle deeper concepts.
See this post.
Master of Electricity. This badge was awarded to the residents who were able to quickly and professionally handle a shocking situation. A patient in the acute dialysis unit was repeatedly being shocked by her malfunctioning ICD. Every five to ten seconds, BAM another electric boot to the chest. This went on for what seemed like hours, bit was only a few minutes until the residents were able to procure a magnet to place on the chest and reset the ICD.
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PubMed1 PubMed2), but there is no doubt in my mind that HRS was nearly universally fatal when I was a resident in the late 90's and now I have a hard time remembering the last time I saw a patient die of the condition.
the AHA and ISDA recommendations to use ampicillin and gentamicin for enterococcal infective endocarditis. I plan on posting a follow-up on that situation shortly. I love the illiteration of this badge.
|Scout Master's iPad with a full complement of merit badges|