Thursday, June 27, 2013

PBFluids in the medical literature

Excellent review of renal on-line learning resources in Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease including a complete round-up of the major kidney blogs: NOD, RFN, eAJKD, and Nephron Power. Here is the description of this blog:

Precious Bodily Fluids ( is a kidney blog by Dr. Joel Topf, a Michigan-based nephrologist who has authored many nephrology-related books. He also lectures extensively on kidney topics for medical students, residents, and fellows. The blog is easy to nav- igate and features links to educational handouts, lectures, and books. The handout study guides are creatively termed ‘‘Haggadah’’ and focus on the basics of acid- base, electrolytes, and acute kidney injury. Handouts are also available on hepatitis-B- and C-related kidney disease, glomerular filtration rate/CKD staging, and rhabdomyolysis. There are accompanying question- and-answer sets with detailed explanations for acid- base and electrolytes for self-assessment. The handouts can be downloaded in a PDF format, PDF booklet format, or a Pages format (which needs special software but can be edited and customized for the individual reader). The lectures section contains 21 lectures on kidney basics as well as other points of interest such as cardiorenal syndrome, uric acid, gout, hypertension, and geriatric CKD, among others. The lectures can be accessed in a PDF or PowerPoint format. In the Books portion of the blog, there are links to books that can be downloaded for free, such as The Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Companion; Michigan Hypertension Core Curriculum; and Intensive Care Nephrology. The blog has an archive of posts from previous years and mentions other notable kidney blogs. The user-friendly format of the educational material, complete with befitting images and videos, appeals to readers at different stages of learning.

It's a nice article, but looking at online education and not even mentioning twitter seems to be skating where the puck is...

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