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Renal interventions could re-foster interest in Nephrology and attract more medical graduates. Percutaneous kidney biopsy (PKB) is an important diagnostic tool and should be taught through simulation. We initiated a PKB simulation training program and designed a 2-year study to examine its effect on the confidence level, the procedural competence and the satisfaction with this training of Nephrology fellows compared to historical controls. All fellows were consented and trained at UNM’s simulation center (BATCAVE) with a simulation training model (CAE Healthcare Blue PhantomTM). Trainees’ demographics and previous PKB experience were collected. We utilized pre-assigned readings, online videos and hands-on simulation practice. Performance of each trainee during each session was graded with a procedural competence evaluation form. Drs. JO and MER were present in all sessions and completed these forms. Each session lasted 1 to 1-1 1/2 h. Pre-and post-simulation surveys evaluated the participants’ confidence level quantitatively on a 5-point Likert scale. All participants completed the satisfaction with PKB simulation experience scale (PKB-SSE). All three 1st and 2nd year renal fellows completed the simulation training in 2018 and two first year fellows completed the training in 2019. Independent of their previous experience on PKBs all renal fellows expressed a high level of satisfaction from their participation (4 to 5) and increased their confidence level. This year’s trainees increased their performance level from 2 to 5 and from 1 to 5, respectively. PKB simulation may improve trainees’ confidence level and their satisfaction with the training. The procedural competence of the trainees on PKBs will be evaluated during the 2nd year of their fellowship and will be compared to the procedural competence of historical controls. We expect that the simulation training will reduce the discomfort and minimize the adverse PKB outcomes in patients undergoing PKB in UNMH.


This poster was presented during the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Education Day, 2019.



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