It is a great pleasure to continue our series of “Distinguished Conversations” in recognition of ASN’s 50th anniversary. In each conversation, a leader in nephrology invites a mentor or esteemed colleague for a discussion of nephrology, past and future. This month Sharon Moe, MD, FASN, interviews Sharon Anderson, MD, FASN.

The American Board of Internal Medicine recently released results from its survey “Improving the MOC Assessment Experience.”

Developed in collaboration with other onco-nephrology experts, the ASN Onco-Nephrology Forum (ONF) series of 19 chapters covers most of the important onco-nephrology topics (Table 1). The chapters include Take Home Points and Board style questions to highlight important issues.

Sharon Moe, MD, FASN


Sharon Anderson, MD, FASN

The MIKE program (Multicultural Integrated Kidney Education) is working to change Oregon’s burden of chronic metabolic diseases. The Portland-based nonprofit offers youth sequential, applied learning activities that connect health science education with leadership skills and community service.

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that there were more than 20 million Americans with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and 661,648 prevalent cases of ESRD (1, 2).

A recent survey of 1134 US nephrologists who are ASN members provided important insights that will help guide ASN’s assessment of approaches to initial certification, recertification, and physician assessment activities, as well as the relationship between the nephrology community and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).