NephJC has two Posters at Kidney Week

This year we have doubled our productivity and have gone from 1 to 2 posters! And as an added bonus you won't have to miss Late Breaking Trials to see them this year! Both posters are on Thursday.



Using Storify as a Learning Tool in Nephrology: The NephJC Experience

Hector M. Madariaga,1 Swapnil Hiremath,2 Nikhil A. Shah,3 Matthew A. Sparks,4 Joel Topf.5

  1. Div of Nephrology, Univ of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD;
  2. Div of Nephrology, Univ of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada;
  3. Dept of Nephrology and Immunology, Univ of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada;
  4. Nephrology Div, Duke Univ, Durham, NC;
  5. Nephrology Div, St. John’s Providence Hospital, Detroit, MI.

Background: Social media (SoMe) is increasingly being used in medical education and information is scattered across SoMe. It is dif cult to bring information together, hence the importance of using hashtags (#). Storify is a tool that enables users to curate information from Social Networks, creating a digital narrative of events, media and tweets. We use it in our twice-a-month Twitter-based nephrology journal club, NephJC, to curate discussions and generate a narrative for others to review.

Methods: We performed an analysis to determine the utilization of Storify in the dissemination of tweetchats by examining the number of times people viewed each NephJC Storify and by performing a survey asking participants how they review NephJC information. We have hosted 50 chats since April 2014. Pageviews were quanti ed on through May 2016. Each tweetchat has two Storify versions: American and European chat.

Results: We have had a total of 2744 participants during the 50 discussions, with a total of 26521 tweets and average of 530 tweets per discussion. Storify narratives condense this down to a mean of 115 tweets per discussion. The total number of NephJC Storify page views was 6212, average of 124 page views per Storify and median 95(interquartile range 60,145). 13% of respondents said they interact with NephJC primarily through Storify.

Conclusions: Storify is an online tool to help users to gather information across SoMe by using hashtags and share. At NephJC we use it to preserve critical elements of chat discussions and make them easier to review. Without the curated Storify version, most of the individual conversational threads would be hard to retrieve and follow. Storify is a compelling tool for organizing and archiving real-time tweets for enriching the online continuing medical education experience.



Identifying Utility and Challenges for an Established Online Journal Club: The NephJC Experience

Swapnil Hiremath, Matthew A. Sparks, Thomas Oates, Francesco Iannuzzella, Paul J. Phelan, Hector M. Madariaga, Michelle N. Rheault, Matthew P.M. Graham-Brown, Nikhil A. Shah, Edgar V. Lerma, Graham E. Abra, Anna Marie Burgner, Ian Logan, Suzanne M. Norby, Joel Topf.

Background: Online journal clubs have become widespread as a method for dissemination and discussion of new research. Since its inception in April 2014, the online twitter based journal club #NephJC, has conducted more than 50 tweet-chats. We developed a survey to characterize participants and better understand the perceived bene ts and potential barriers to participation.

Methods: The online survey was conducted using the Google forms platform. We invited individuals to participate by a direct message to @NephJC Twitter followers, including a link in the weekly NephJC email digest for 2 weeks and displaying a link prominently on nephrology blogs. Institutional review board approval was obtained.

Results: 328 individuals responded to the survey: 221 men (68%), from North America (49%), Europe (25%), and rest of world (26%). 178 (54%) were practicing physicians, 81 trainees (25%) and the remainder being other healthcare professionals (44, 14%) or interested citizens (24, 7%). The responding physicians were mostly nephrologists (147, 82%). The overwhelming majority of the respondents (> 90%) compared it favorably to traditional journal clubs. There was considerable interest in discussing non-traditional articles, such as guidelines (220, 67%) and interesting case reports/series (131, 40%). Despite only 10 respondents working in basic science, there was enthusiasm for discussing basic science articles (120, 37%). The major barrier to active chat participation was lack of time in general (50%). Hence, 64 respondents (20%) actively participate in the live tweetchat, and most others follow the feed passively (34%) or review individual tweets (46%) or curated versions (13%). Others noted issues regarding the speci c time of the chat (31%).

Conclusions: NephJC , the online journal club, has near-unanimous positive feedback. We identify lack of time as the most important barrier to participation. Online journal clubs are a promising tool which interest MDs and non-MDs alike from different specialties and training levels.

Funding: Clinical Revenue Support