The purpose of this review is to highlight developments and opportunities in the nephrology curriculum from the basic science foundation years through teaching medical students, residents and fellows in the clinical realm.
Teaching skills are a vital tool for nephrologists both to promote excellent patient care and attract talented learners to the field. Exposure to dynamic and inspiring nephrologists is one of the main factors given by students and residents for selecting a career in nephrology. Nephrology teaching, including case discussions, problem-based learning, team-based learning and flipped classrooms, provides motivating active learning for medical students and is equally effective for didactics in graduate medical education. Avenues for teaching in the clinical realm include the microskills framework, bedside teaching and grounding in evidence-based medicine. Areas of growth include blended nephrology/subspecialty fields as well as social media applications.
Medical education is a satisfying and exciting area of growth in the field of nephrology. The recent literature provides a framework for best practices in active learning as well as providing numerous examples of educational interventions and innovations. In addition, this field is ripe for further development and scholarly activity.