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OPENPediatrics Wins 2016 Innovations in Kidney Education Contest

OPENPediatrics, a free and open access learning platform for pediatric clinicians, is pleased to announce that we have been named a winner of The American Society of Nephrology Innovations in Kidney Education Contest for the development of our Hemodialysis Simulator. This annual contest highlights individuals or groups that have created innovative tools to help teach medical students, residents, and fellows aspects of nephrology, including renal physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical disease.

View our entry video to the American Society of Nephrology Innovations in Kidney Education Contest below. We expect to have the Hemodialysis Simulator available on the OPENPediatrics site in early 2017. 



The hemodialysis simulator provides an interactive and scalable experience for the learner to acquire basic knowledge about hemodialysis, practice their skills in a safe environment, and receive direct feedback on their actions, all while controlling the pace of their learning.

In the Hemodialysis Simulator, the learner is taught the key concepts of hemodialysis, and a structured approach to set up a circuit and choose an initial prescription for a patient need. Then, the learner applies what they have learned to a variety of virtual patients. The learner will receive hints and feedback throughout the activities and will also receive an end-of-activity feedback sheet that outlines key learning points.

In addition to winning The American Society of Nephrology Innovations in Kidney Education Contest Award for our Hemodialysis Simulator, OPENPediatrics' Mechanical Ventilator Simulator and Peritoneal Dialysis Simulator have also won awards. In 2012, our Virtual Ventilator Simulator won the MITX Interactive Award. The MITX Awards is the largest and most prestigious annual awards competition in the country for digital marketing and technology innovation, bringing together 1,200 of the best and brightest minds in the digital media, marketing and technology industry. In 2013, one of our staff members, Aleks Olszewski, won the Georgia Fieldsend Research award for her research and work developing our Peritoneal Dialysis Simulator. 

Be sure to check out OPENPediatrics' simulators, the Mechanical Ventilator Simulator and the Peritoneal Dialysis Simulator.