ESPN 50th Annual Meeting

ESPN 2017


 
#kidneyschool – a novel, interactive, trainee led, video-conferencing teaching programme
ANDREW MAXTED 1 ROWENA LALJI 2 AMANDA NEWNHAM 3

1- NOTTINGHAM CHILDRENS HOSPITAL RENAL AND UROLOGY UNIT (PART OF THE EMEESY NETWORK)
2- GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL
3- LEEDS CHILDRENS HOSPITAL
 
Introduction:

#kidneyschool is an informal, interactive and engaging method of peer led education established by Paediatric Nephrology trainees in the UK.  #Kidneyschool builds upon Telehealth which is an innovative and rapidly expanding industry worldwide. It is used as a tool to link patients with medical specialists, in education and to overcome the barriers of distance. In our survey 60% of UK trainees indicated the need for more dedicated teaching. Paediatric Nephrology trainees are geographically dispersed across the UK; teleconferencing offers a unique opportunity to remove the barriers to education such as travel distance, expense and time, whilst allowing for co-ordination around busy schedules. We aimed to increase the amount of dedicated educational time for Paediatric Nephrology trainees and build a strong peer network amongst trainees that can be translated into collaborative working across Paediatric Nephrology as consultants.

Material and methods:

We designed and co-ordinated a trainee run, interactive, monthly video-conferencing facility that allows shared learning in a more informal, but still productive environment. #kidneyschool uses the multi-media conferencing facility Zoom, this allows presentations, PDF files or webpages to be viewed and users to interact with these. Teaching is based around interesting cases, which is important as evidence shows that learning and discussion focused around a “real-life” work based problem, is more effective than didactic teaching.

Results:

Trainees are exposed to varied case-loads depending on local patient populations and this forum allows trainees to share expertise on the wide-ranging spectrum of patients seen across the UK. We also facilitate trainees fulfilling their RCPCH GRID curriculums.  Documents are stored on Dropbox and provide trainees a resource to refer to or for those who could not attend.

Conclusions:

We present our feedback from #kidneyschool and demonstration of a session. We believe this trainee led innovation provides an excellent platform for teaching and education whilst building a successful peer network.