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Trying out this gallery plug-in for Everest

Trying out this gallery plug-in for Everest

In September 2017, the Aggressive Deer Hiking Club went to Mount Robson Provincial Park. This is the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. The terrain is dominated by glaciers, rivers, waterfalls, and canyons. It is among the amazing place I have ever ...

Everest. Myeloma. And the centrality of hope.

Everest. Myeloma. And the centrality of hope.

  John Raithel and his doctor @Amyloid_Planet are part of my team trekking to Everest Base Camp #MM4MM @theMMRF https://t.co/zhKawBE0El — Joel Topf, MD FACP (@kidney_boy) February 24, 2018 John Raithel and Jeffrey Zonder are on the Moving ...

When Joel met Edgar. How we got to #NephSecrets.

When Joel met Edgar. How we got to #NephSecrets.

In late 2002, I was a second year nephrology fellow spending as much time as possible at The John Crerar Medical Library writing chapters for medical textbooks. It was an awesome year. During that time I got an e-mail from another nephrology fellow, who was ...

Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma fundraising goal increased

Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma fundraising goal increased

Last fall I crossed the $10,000 finish line that was established for every participant on the MM4MM trip to Everest Basecamp. To everyone who donated thank you! 🙏🏽 Now I want to squeeze the last bit of generosity 💵 from everyone in my network. I& ...

About

JOEL TOPF

Nephrologist

I am a board certified clinical nephrologist in Detroit.

I am a partner at St Clair Nephrology and am part of the faculty that teaches the nephrology fellows, residents, and medical students that use St John Hospital and Medical Center to hone their clinical skills.

I am an Assistant Clinical Professor at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and have been teaching M2s about sodium, potassium and acid-base balance since there was M2s at that medical school (2011).

I have an offices at St Johns Moross, Roseville and Farmington Hills.

I am the medical director of St Clair Nephrology Research where we enroll patients with hypertension, CKD and ESKD to participate in clinical trials in order to improve the care we are able to provide to patients.

MedEd Maker

Twitter

I am  @Kidney_boy.

PBFluids

I began writing this blog in May of 2008. This was the third nephrology blog after Kidney Notes and Renal Fellow Network (PBFluids was only a few months behind Nate Hellman’s Renal Fellow Network)

NephMadness

I am the co-creator, with Matt Sparks, of NephMadness

NephJC

I am the co-creator, with Swapnil Hiremath, of NephJC

NSMC Internship

I am the program director of the Nephrology Social media Collective Internship.

Visual Abstracts

I am a member of CJASN’s Visual Abstract Editorial Team. I also contribute visual abstracts to AJKD and American Journal of Nephrology

Nephrology Secrets

I am a co-editor, along with Matt Sparks and Edgar Lerma, of the forthcoming, fourth edition of Nephrology Secrets

Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Companion

I am the co-author of this now (unfortunately), out-of-print, programed text.

MedMastery

I am an instructor for the Fluid and Electrolyte MedMastery section.

Conflicts of Interest

I have an ownership stake in a few Davita run dialysis clinics and a vascular access center. Takeda Oncology made a donation to MM4MM the program that is taking me to Mount Everest in 2018.

The Electrolyte Book

During residency, Sarah Faubel, and I wrote this programmed text on electrolytes. The process galvanized my interest in nephrology. The Acid Base and Electrolyte Companion is a highly styled book with a picture on every page along with simple questions at the bottom of each page to make sure you understand concepts before mindlessly flipping the page. It is highy regarded with 5 stars at Amazon. You can download the entire book (591 pages!) as a single PDF (28 mb). More info and a link to the free download here.

Now updated with the introduction, colophon, credits, dedication and table of contents.

Enjoy!

Handouts

For some of my lectures I like to use a technique I call “Seder Style.” I adopted the style from the greatest teaching success I know, the teaching of the exodus of Egypt during the Passover holiday. If you ask a typical secular American Jew about Rosh Hashanah or Purim he will be able to give you a short answer about its meaning and underlying story, but if you ask about Passover they will be able to give a detailed and in-depth explanation that could fill out most of 10,000 word research tome. Why is Passover different? It’s because of the Passover Seder, a multi-media, interactive teaching experience performed one or two times during Passover. This is what I try to re-create during my small group sessions. Each student reads a paragraph or two and I comment, question and stimulate interaction. The study guide we read from is called the Haggadah.

You can download the handouts in one of three formats.

  1. The Pages document is the native, editable file so you can customize the handout to your preference. You will need Pages for iOS or Mac OS X to open these files. If you make signifigant changes send me a note at joel.topf@gmail.com. I always enjoy hearing how people modify and enhance the material.
  2. PDF. This is a straight copy of the primary document which is perfect for printing or viewing on an iPad.
  3. PDF booklet. This is a PDF with the pages reordered so that when printed double sided can be folded into a cute little booklet perfect to slip into a white coat pocket.

Click for the full list of handouts

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Fluid and Electrolyte Board Review questions

Fluid and Electrolyte Board Review questions

Fluid and Electrolyte Board Review questions (internal medicine level review) PDF 28 questions with thorough discussions found in the bowels of the internet, not my own creation, I simply reformatted the questions. ...

Acid-Base work book

Acid-Base work book

Acid-Base practice questions Set 1 Questions and Answers (PDF) Set 2 Questions and Answers (PDF) Acid-Base Machine, an Excel spread sheet that generates random ABGs for solving. More information here. (XLS) Acid-Base work book PDF Pages document This is designed to go with the Acid-Base ...

Piss and Pus

Piss and Pus

Piss and Pus (unfinished handout on Hep B and Hep C associated kidney disease, ultimatly I want to add HIV and possibly a bit on post infectious GN) PDF (8.2 MB) Pages document (9.1 MB) ...

Rhabdomyolysis, a case report

Rhabdomyolysis, a case report

Rhabdomyolysis, a case report PDF (1 MB) Pages document (1 MB) 10 8.5×11 pages with a cover ...

Presentations

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Water and Osmoles for M2s

Water and Osmoles for M2s

This is my Water and Osmoles lecture edited for students, specifically pre-clinical M2s. Keynote | Powerpoint I then broke this down into two PowerPoint presentations Volume Regulation   and Sodium Regulation   ...

Water and osmoles for residents

Water and osmoles for residents

This is my sodium and dysnatremia lecture edited for residents. It is long and will take two hours to deliver. Keynote | PDF ...

Metabolic Alkalosis

Metabolic Alkalosis

Metabolic Alkalosis (PDF, Keynote) New lecture Feb 2012 50 minutes the flow of the lecture around chloride deficiency is a bit choppy Updated March 2013 ...

Initiation of dialysis

Initiation of dialysis

Initiation of dialysis (Keynote, PowerPoint) Completely revised January 2012 A little short 40 minutes Needs data on poor function of nursing home patients initiated on dialysis and data on increased mortality Mondays and Tuesdays. Fellow level ...