Communities is a new initiative by ASN. It is a discussion board. One of the threads started to turn into a very negative view of nephrology with complaints about the poor pay and dark future for nephrology. This is how Silvi responded to the thread:
This was so welcome that I received an e-mail from the ASN official in charge of Communities pointing her post to me as an example of the self-correcting behavior of online communities. I couldn't be more proud of our NSMC intern. Great work Silvi!
The assignment was to create the most BuzzFeedy links for NephMadness. Hector developed slide shows and listicles as his solution. I loved that he did not just do a single entry, but kept hammering on the same theme for three different entries:
Furosemide Stress Test - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
Increased MAP in Sepsis - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
Norepinephrine in Sepsis - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
Hector is starting to do more blogging. I love to see that. Renal Fellow Network is constantly looking for new talent and now that Hector is signed up for another year of fellowship (transplant) RFN will be a great home for him. I'd love to see him move into a leadership position there. Precision Nephrology
The first NSMC assignment was just to write something so the instructors could get an idea of how these kids wrote. Hector out of thin air decided to write about weight loss, transplantation, and ESRD, When I heard that I told him to hold that in reserve and publish it during NephMadness where it would have additional relevance.
Nikhil is diving right into this Nephrology Social Media thing with not one but two unique blogs. The first is a Blogger blog called Nephrology Tweetbook where he tracks interesting tweets about nephrology. Well executed.
The other is a WordPress blog with only one post so far but it looks like a public note file. Take a look at the post on PTLD. I am very interested to see how this blog develops.
Nikhil's solution to the BuzzFeed NephMadness assignment was to create an online poll and get people to vote for their favorite NephMadness winners. He scrapped together polls for all 32 decisions in the first round and successfully deployed it. A lot of work. Very impressive.
In late December, we announced the first Nephrology Social Media Internship. We had a great response with 16 applications. Honestly, I was hoping to get at least four applications. It was difficult sorting through all the capable applicants but we managed and are delighted to announce the initial crew:
Welcome interns, we look forward to an exciting year!