1The Royal Melbourne Hospital,  2The University of Melbourne

Aim: To create trainee-centric educational events delivered in an innovative way that meets trainees’ educational needs and fosters a social network for future nephrologists.
Background: In the past decade, medical education has implemented peer learning and case-based teaching yet these approaches have not been adopted in specialty training. There may be benefits for trainee learning and engagement if such interactional methods were utilised. The Advanced Trainee Network (ATN) launched as a new educational initiative for Victorian and Tasmanian renal registrars. Built on the principles of case-based learning, peer-to-peer learning and near-to-peer learning, ATN is a trainee created educational event for trainees.
Methods: Each ATN event was based on a clinical theme within which three workshops were run concurrently and small groups of trainees rotated through. Each workshop involved a case that illustrated clinical considerations related to the overall theme. They covered practical points for requisite skill development for junior registrars and evolved in complexity to extend senior registrars’ experience. Facilitators are carefully selected for their passion, diversity and commitment to creating a safe educational space. The workshops had no audio-visual component to optimise trainee engagement. Alongside the clinical themes, some of the workshops had a professional development focus to foster non-clinical skills including communication, reflection and mentorship. This, together with the informal nature of the workshops, created an important social network.
Results: The have been ten ATN events with generally high attendance and positive feedback from participants and facilitators.
Conclusions: ATN is a new educational and social initiative for renal trainees by renal trainees. Further qualitative studies are planned to evaluate the impact this style of education has on trainee development and learning objectives.

Adam in an early career nephrologist and general physician at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and medical educator at The University of Melbourne. He is currently undertaking a PhD looking at key performance indicators in the practice of Nephrology across Australia and New Zealand. His clinical interests include chronic kidney disease care and education, shared decision making and communication. Adam is also a GlomCon virtual glomerular disease fellow.

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