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.
The Acid Base Haggadah 
  • PDF (5 MB)
  • Pages document (8 MB)
  • iBook (10.5 MB)
  • iBook file (22.8 MB) for iAuthor
  • 27 8.5x11 pages with a cover, introduction, table of contents and answers
  • March 2010: Minor changes to delta gap
  • June 2011: Fixed error in Metabolic alkalosis (thanks Rakesh Lattupalli) and some spelling errors
  • September 2011: fixed three typos, reworked anion gap, non-anion gap, and rapid interpretation of ABG introduction
  • December 2011: fleshed out osmolar gap, smoothed the introduction to primary acid-base disorders. Typos: some removed and some added.
  • January 2012 iBook!
  • March 2012 added a picture and graph to osmolar gap. Moved the files to drobox. Added the iAuthor file for download.
  • Jan 2013 Major revision. New cover, new intro, added two additional clinical vignettes, 2-pages on DKA, 2 pages on RTA including urine anion gap. 
The Acute Kidney Injury Haggadah
  • PDF (37 MB)
  • Pages document (22 MB)
  • 28 5.5x8.5 pages with a cover, introduction, table of contents and answers
  • Updated April 12, 2011
The Body Water and Dysnatremia Haggadahs
The Potassium Haggadah
  • PDF
  • Pages document (22 MB)
  • 28 5.5x8.5 pages with a front and back cover, introduction, and table of contents
The Calcium Haggadah
  • PDF (11 MB)
  • Pages document (44 MB)
  • 28 5.5x8.5 pages with a front and back cover, introduction, and table of contents
Adventures in Renal Imaging Haggadah (phosphate nephropathy, nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, contrast nephropathy)
  • PDF (3 MB)
  • Pages document (4 MB)
  • 32 5.5x8.5 pages with a front and back cover, introduction, and table of contents
GFR, MDRD and K/DOQI CKD stages
Rhabdomyolysis, a case report
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)
Acid-Base practice questions
Acid-Base work book
  • PDF
  • Pages document
  • This is designed to go with the Acid-Base Lecture.
  • This is an 11 page book of 67 unique practice questions with answers
  • Many of the questions are identical to those found in the Acid-Base Haggadah
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.
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