Thursday, October 1, 2009

Nephrology Resources

In a busy Nephrology service, the residents and fellows need to maximize their ability to study and be current with the latest literature available while performing their busy clinical duties and procedures, preparing and attending to Journal clubs, lectures, research, writing abstracts and articles, studying for the boards, and of course....attempting to live a normal life.

Multiple resources exist; however it becomes almost impossible to have awareness of every single item out there. What I personally do as a hospitalist (but with an incredibly intense interest for Nephrology -as well as I have for Cardiology and Endocrinology -) is to get in my e-mail the TOC of most of the important journals.

If you see, here in my blog I get the updated RSS feed for the most important Internal Medicine and Pediatrics journals. This facilitates my search for information as I have in my fingertips the latest table of contents for most journals and giving a quick look to them permits me to be aware of new articles that I can recall later on, if not, read them immediately.

Below is a list of articles and links to the different journals as well as resources for Nephrology:

1. Nature Reviews Nephrology - http://www.nature.com/nrneph/index.html - on the left side there is a box that has a little envelope that states "Sign-up for e-alerts" (you need to register, is free, and you can get emails with the Table of contents of only this journal, or all Nature Clinical Journals, including Nature Reviews Urology, which is very good).

2. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation - http://ndt.oxfordjournals.org/ - on the left lower side there is a section called Alerting Services. Click on "Email table of contents" as well as "email advance access" - you need to register (is free).

3. Kidney International - http://www.nature.com/ki/index.html - this is a Nature publication - you can register to this one by the link from Nature Reviews Nephrology.

4. Current Opinion in Nephrology and Transplantation - http://journals.lww.com/co-nephrolhypertens/pages/default.aspx - they have excellent reviews and concise articles that suggests you further literature. Register at Subscribe to eTocs.

5. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology - http://jasn.asnjournals.org/ - go to http://jasn.asnjournals.org/cgi/alerts - and just type your email.

6. American Journal of Kidney Diseases - http://www.ajkd.org/ - this is published by Elsevier; register for free at http://www.ajkd.org/user/alerts - here you can register as well to get the Table of Contents of: Advances in Chronic Kidney Diseases (http://www.ackdjournal.org/), and Journal of Renal Nutrition (http://www.jrnjournal.org/)

7. Complimentary registration to National Kidney Foundation - http://www.kidney.org/professionals/physicians/ajkd.cfm
- they publish the KDOQI and the KDIGO guidelines.

8. Medscape Nephrology - http://www.medscape.com/nephrology - Excellent source for updated medical information and CME.

9. Medpage Nephrology - http://www.medpagetoday.com/Nephrology/ - Excellent source for updated medical information and CME. Has nice divisions in DM, ESRD, hypertension, Transplant, etc.

10. Ukidney - http://ukidney.com/ - excellent resource for education in Nephrology.

11. Nephrology Now - a blog dedicated to education in Nephrology - http://www.nephrologynow.com/

12. HDCN - Hypertension, Dialysis and Clinical Nephrology - http://www.hdcn.com/ - excellent resource for education in Nephrology.
Here you can access:
- Atlas of diseases of the kidney (http://cnserver0.nkf.med.ualberta.ca/cn/Schrier/Default6.htm) - nice PDF's and Powerpoint - you can use to prepare your lectures.
- Atlas of renal pathology (http://www2.us.elsevierhealth.com/ajkd/atlas/) - useful for preparing lectures.

13. Societies other than ASN - Renal Physician Association - http://www.renalmd.org/

14. British Medical Journal collections - http://www.bmj.com/collections/ - You select the arrow on "Renal Medicine" and it opens you the access to articles on ARF, CRF, Dialysis, Fluid, electrolyte and Acid-Base, Nephrotic Syndrome, Proteinuria, Renal Transplant. You select the arrow on "Cardiovascular Medicine" and you can access the Hypertension articles.

15. Medical Pearls - a nice webpage with links to useful sites - http://www.medicalpearls.com/neph/nephlinks

Feel free to share this information, copy and paste in your own blog and email to other Internal Medicine or Nephrology doctor. Hopefully Dr. Bertalan Mesko will publish this links along with others in his fantastic Webicina 2.0 webpage.

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