Transplantation & Immunology

New NephSAP issue - "Transplantation"

NephSAP Volume 16, Number 4, November 2017


Find the full issue here.

Physician stress and burnout: The causes and potential solutions for nephrologists

At Kidney Week in New Orleans, I presented a session on the impact of growing stress and burnout in Nephrologists and how it might affect physician attitudes and behaviors toward patient care. The main point of my talk was to recognize how serious an issue physician dissatisfaction, stress, and burnout is, the causes and the barriers, and what can be done to help our physicians (and staff) better adjust to the pressures of today’s health care environment.


Let me explain.

USRDS 2017 report finds high cost, high burden, low awareness of kidney disease in US

The recent annual report released by the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) found the following highlights:


Children with Kidney Failure

Fewer children under five years old with kidney failure are dying. Mortality one year after kidney failure has dropped by nearly half over the past decade.


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Dr. Alexander Hamilton on recent CJASN study, "Sociodemographic, Psychologic Health and Lifestyle Outcomes in Young Adults on Renal Replacement Therapy"

A recent study was published online in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) entitled “Sociodemographic, Psychologic Health and Lifestyle Outcomes in Young Adults on Renal Replacement Therapy” in October 2017.

Inside the UCLA voucher program that is overcoming chronological incompatibility and saving lives

The UCLA Kidney Transplant Program started a voucher program in 2014 which has already proven its utility and saved 25 lives. “The program works like this: The voucher donor gives a kidney to a stranger on dialysis. Often that recipient had a friend or family member who had wanted to be a donor but couldn’t due to incompatibility.

ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Grants opened October 11

The ASN Foundation for Kidney Research (ASN Foundation) has now opened applications for its Career Development Grants, Clinician Educator Grant, and Research Fellowship program. The ASN Foundation funds clinical and basic research and provides grant support to ASN members at various points in their careers.

The Undifferentiated Medical Student: 2 recent podcasts on Nephrology

The Undifferentiated Medical Student is a podcast started in November 2016 with the goal of “doing interviews with one physician from each of the 120+ specialties and subspecialties listed on the AAMC’s Careers in Medicine website” in order to empower medical school students to think about choosing their specialty and planning their careers.

 

Dr. Meera Harhay – Transplant Nephrology

NKF releases results from patient-led survey on kidney disease research priorities

Yesterday, September 28, 2017, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) published findings from a “year-long outreach and engagement with patients and caregivers to identify patient-led kidney disease research priorities”. The findings “include the research topics that matter most to patients and family members affected by kidney disease; barriers that prevent patients from being active participants in kidney disease research or part of the research team; and what potential solutions may exist”.

KHI project fosters patient input into recently approved home hemo-dialysis device

During an August 2015 public workshop hosted by the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI), a public-private partnership between the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), patients were asked for their thoughts on how best to contribute to future medical device development.  “Patient representatives argued that the care partner requirement effectively ruled out home treatment for those patients who lived alone or who could not afford to hire a care partner".1

Comments and advice on how to read a journal’s rejection letter

Stephen Heard, an evolutionary ecologist and entomologist at the University of New Brunswick and previously faculty at the University of Iowa, recently published a short blog detailing how best to read and react to a rejection letter after submitting your work to a journal.

Click here if you’d like to read the full blog.

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