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Krishnan and Gunabushanam Win 2018 American Society of Nephrology Innovations in Kidney Education Contest

November 16, 2018

Namrata Krishnan, MD, assistant professor of medicine (nephrology), and Gowthaman Gunabushanam, MD, associate professor of radiology and biomedical imaging won the 2018 American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Innovations in Kidney Education Contest for their interactive teaching module on hemodialysis access.

The team of Krishnan and Gunabushanam was one of the three national winning teams in the fourth annual Innovations in Kidney Education Contest recognized at ASN’s Kidney Week in October.

"Nephrologists need a detailed understanding of the workings of a hemodialysis access and its complications because we are often the 'first responders' in the dialysis unit when there is access malfunction,” said Krishnan. “We hope that this module will be useful to medical students, nephrology fellows in training, interventional radiology and vascular surgery housestaff, as well as practicing clinicians and nurses involved in dialysis care, and will teach them about vascular access in a fun and interactive manner. A special thanks to Belinda Platt, assistant director of digital education at Yale Center for Teaching and Learning for her invaluable help with this project."

Per ASN’s website, the ASN Innovations in Kidney Education Contest was launched in 2015 to stimulate the development of innovative tools to inspire medical students and residents to think about nephrology in new ways. Judges selected the winners based on the relevance, creativity, portability, feasibility, effectiveness, appeal/interest, and engagement of their ideas.

For more innovations from the Yale School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine’s Section of Nephrology, visit Nephrology.

Submitted by Julie Parry on November 16, 2018