Building the Nephrology Workforce

Building the Nephrology Workforce:  ASN Creates Workforce and Career Advancement Department

Nephrologists provide comprehensive and life-changing care to millions of patients with kidney diseases. In today’s healthcare environment, they also face many professional challenges. To empower current and future members of the nephrology workforce and advance their professional goals and success, ASN has coalesced its workforce-centered programs and initiatives into a new Workforce and Career Advancement Department.

Current Programs

ASN already supports a wide range of programs that reflect the professional trajectory from trainee to retiree. The new department brings into one portfolio current and planned activities that enhance training and career development resources for the diverse range of dedicated and talented kidney professionals. These include Kidney STARS, Kidney TREKS, now expanding to a second location, and the ASN Foundation grants programs to which ASN commits more than $3 million each year.

Building Future Success

As part of its strategic plan, ASN is forming the Career Advancement Committee. This committee will improve current, and create new, initiatives that support all professionals working in kidney health (building on recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Panel on Career Development). In addition, ASN will create the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, extending the early and notable success of the Diversity and Inclusion Work Group.

Understanding What Kidney Professionals Need

The healthcare environment has undergone rapid change. Since 2014 ASN has collaborated with investigators at George Washington University (GWU) to develop a rich and ever-growing knowledge base to help ASN project trends and successfully address challenges faced by those working in nephrology. Surveys and analyses of mid- and late-career nephrologists will round out data gathered on trainees and early-career professionals, so that ASN can most effectively focus society resources to enable current and future kidney professionals to improve care and advance their own career goals.

Supporting these efforts are Katlyn Leight, ASN Workforce and Career Advancement Coordinator, Kurtis Pivert, ASN Data Science Officer and Melanie Robey, ASN Grants Coordinator. Reporting directly to ASN Executive Vice President Tod Ibrahim, this group will support more than 40 volunteer leaders who will help ASN improve all workforce programs, develop definable measures of success, and encourage the best and brightest students to join the profession.

Send your suggestions or questions about this new department to info@kidneynews.org.

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Building the Nephrology Workforce:  ASN Creates Workforce and Career Advancement Department

Nephrologists provide comprehensive and life-changing care to millions of patients with kidney diseases. In today’s healthcare environment, they also face many professional challenges. To empower current and future members of the nephrology workforce and advance their professional goals and success, ASN has coalesced its workforce-centered programs and initiatives into a new Workforce and Career Advancement Department.

Current Programs

ASN already supports a wide range of programs that reflect the professional trajectory from trainee to retiree. The new department brings into one portfolio current and planned activities that enhance training and career development resources for the diverse range of dedicated and talented kidney professionals. These include Kidney STARS, Kidney TREKS, now expanding to a second location, and the ASN Foundation grants programs to which ASN commits more than $3 million each year.

Building Future Success

As part of its strategic plan, ASN is forming the Career Advancement Committee. This committee will improve current, and create new, initiatives that support all professionals working in kidney health (building on recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Panel on Career Development). In addition, ASN will create the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, extending the early and notable success of the Diversity and Inclusion Work Group.

Understanding What Kidney Professionals Need

The healthcare environment has undergone rapid change. Since 2014 ASN has collaborated with investigators at George Washington University (GWU) to develop a rich and ever-growing knowledge base to help ASN project trends and successfully address challenges faced by those working in nephrology. Surveys and analyses of mid- and late-career nephrologists will round out data gathered on trainees and early-career professionals, so that ASN can most effectively focus society resources to enable current and future kidney professionals to improve care and advance their own career goals.

Supporting these efforts are Katlyn Leight, ASN Workforce and Career Advancement Coordinator, Kurtis Pivert, ASN Data Science Officer and Melanie Robey, ASN Grants Coordinator. Reporting directly to ASN Executive Vice President Tod Ibrahim, this group will support more than 40 volunteer leaders who will help ASN improve all workforce programs, develop definable measures of success, and encourage the best and brightest students to join the profession.

Send your suggestions or questions about this new department to info@kidneynews.org.