Advancing the Kidney Health Workforce

Most nephrologists share what ASN President Raymond C. Harris, MD, FASN notes “energizes us as kidney professionals: the amazing gift of improving quality of life for patients.” Yet in the U.S., the profession still confronts declining interest in nephrology careers. To help address this challenge, in April 2016 ASN coalesced into one department a wide range of programs designed to support current and future kidney health professionals, and help nephrology attract the best and brightest students and trainees needed to tackle the complex challenges of treating and curing kidney diseases.

The newly created ASN Workforce Department focuses on kindling early interest in the specialty through increased outreach to students and trainees, providing optimal support for current kidney professionals, and developing a robust data support system to track trends within and outside nephrology that will help ASN build and support the future workforce.

Since April, this new department has focused considerable effort on behalf of current and future nephrology professionals:

Expanding the ASN Kidney STARS program: this year 230 medical students, residents and grad students experience the best of nephrology at ASN Kidney Week through the STARS program.

Kidney STARS at 2016 Kidney Week

Staffing an exhibit and hosting a reception at the Student National Medical Association including offering interested medical students free ASN membership.

Extending the success of ASN Kidney TREKS by committing to a second site in Chicago. This new program site will launch in 2017 and focus on clinical nephrology, including health care disparities and outreach.

Administering ASN’s All-In Policy for the nephrology Match, and provided advice to a number of internal medicine programs that are following ASN’s lead in this area.

Launching the ASN Training Program Exchange  and Program Coordinator Exchange ASN Communities to support sharing of best practices and encourage collaboration among training programs.

Hosting the second annual Kidney Week Diversity and Inclusion luncheon, advancing networking opportunities for more than 70 participants.

Continuing support of the NIDDK Network of Minority Health Research Investigators program: in the last 2 years ASN has provided funds for 34 investigators to attend this meeting, and will extend this support in 2017. 

Funding ASN’s first ASN-AMFDP award recipient and committing to funding a second award through this highly successful program administered by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Sending an ASN representative to the LGBT Health Workforce Conference.

Overseeing peer review and administration of $2.4 million in research funding.

Administering programs that provided $275,000 in travel support in 2016.

Launching the ASN Data Analytics program to more comprehensively track trends in the current nephrology workforce, and among students and trainees. This year the program:

Authored an analysis of pediatric nephrology fellow responses to the annual ASN Nephrology Fellows Survey.

Launched the ASN Data Bytes series on Kidney News Online to help the kidney community stay informed on key trends important to supporting and building the profession.

Worked with GW staff to release updated survey information on the nephrology workforce and nephrology fellows.

Co-authored an abstract on training program best practices presented at Kidney Week.

Gathered training program data for development of the ASN GME Database, which will be used for research purposes to identify trends in nephrology education.

Beginning the transition of the Diversity and Inclusion Work Group to a standing committee in 2017.

Preparing to launch the ASN Career Advancement Committee, charged with identifying gaps in career support, prioritizing resources to meet those needs, and helping nephrology leaders advance within and outside ASN.

Nephrologists are renowned for excellence in research and practice, and for their commitment to providing care that changes lives of people faced with complex health challenges. The Workforce and Career Advancement Department encourages your input regarding attracting the best and brightest in medicine and science to join the fight against kidney diseases. Send your feedback to info@kidneynews.org

 

 

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Most nephrologists share what ASN President Raymond C. Harris, MD, FASN notes “energizes us as kidney professionals: the amazing gift of improving quality of life for patients.” Yet in the U.S., the profession still confronts declining interest in nephrology careers. To help address this challenge, in April 2016 ASN coalesced into one department a wide range of programs designed to support current and future kidney health professionals, and help nephrology attract the best and brightest students and trainees needed to tackle the complex challenges of treating and curing kidney diseases.

The newly created ASN Workforce Department focuses on kindling early interest in the specialty through increased outreach to students and trainees, providing optimal support for current kidney professionals, and developing a robust data support system to track trends within and outside nephrology that will help ASN build and support the future workforce.

Since April, this new department has focused considerable effort on behalf of current and future nephrology professionals:

Expanding the ASN Kidney STARS program: this year 230 medical students, residents and grad students experience the best of nephrology at ASN Kidney Week through the STARS program.

Kidney STARS at 2016 Kidney Week

Staffing an exhibit and hosting a reception at the Student National Medical Association including offering interested medical students free ASN membership.

Extending the success of ASN Kidney TREKS by committing to a second site in Chicago. This new program site will launch in 2017 and focus on clinical nephrology, including health care disparities and outreach.

Administering ASN’s All-In Policy for the nephrology Match, and provided advice to a number of internal medicine programs that are following ASN’s lead in this area.

Launching the ASN Training Program Exchange  and Program Coordinator Exchange ASN Communities to support sharing of best practices and encourage collaboration among training programs.

Hosting the second annual Kidney Week Diversity and Inclusion luncheon, advancing networking opportunities for more than 70 participants.

Continuing support of the NIDDK Network of Minority Health Research Investigators program: in the last 2 years ASN has provided funds for 34 investigators to attend this meeting, and will extend this support in 2017. 

Funding ASN’s first ASN-AMFDP award recipient and committing to funding a second award through this highly successful program administered by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Sending an ASN representative to the LGBT Health Workforce Conference.

Overseeing peer review and administration of $2.4 million in research funding.

Administering programs that provided $275,000 in travel support in 2016.

Launching the ASN Data Analytics program to more comprehensively track trends in the current nephrology workforce, and among students and trainees. This year the program:

Authored an analysis of pediatric nephrology fellow responses to the annual ASN Nephrology Fellows Survey.

Launched the ASN Data Bytes series on Kidney News Online to help the kidney community stay informed on key trends important to supporting and building the profession.

Worked with GW staff to release updated survey information on the nephrology workforce and nephrology fellows.

Co-authored an abstract on training program best practices presented at Kidney Week.

Gathered training program data for development of the ASN GME Database, which will be used for research purposes to identify trends in nephrology education.

Beginning the transition of the Diversity and Inclusion Work Group to a standing committee in 2017.

Preparing to launch the ASN Career Advancement Committee, charged with identifying gaps in career support, prioritizing resources to meet those needs, and helping nephrology leaders advance within and outside ASN.

Nephrologists are renowned for excellence in research and practice, and for their commitment to providing care that changes lives of people faced with complex health challenges. The Workforce and Career Advancement Department encourages your input regarding attracting the best and brightest in medicine and science to join the fight against kidney diseases. Send your feedback to info@kidneynews.org