Nephrology fellows recently completed a week-long summer course on renal physiology held at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratories in Maine. Named the National Course for Renal Fellows: Origins of Renal Physiology, the course has been offered for 15 years and has proved valuable in helping fellows gain a deeper understanding of concepts of physiological homeostasis.
ASN’s annual Board Review Course & Update (BRCU) is an important educational activity for fellows preparing for initial board certification, reaching approximately 400 in-person/live learners and 400 online learners annually in a "normal" year. Due to the uncertainties and challenges relative to COVID-19, the BRCU 2020 in-person event was cancelled, and BRCU 2021 was offered for the first time as a fully virtual event.
ASN recently established a Loan Mitigation Pilot Program to decrease the loan burden of those entering the field of nephrology and bolster interest in the specialty. The society has committed $2,700,000 to reaching those who are considering nephrology as a career. The 5-year program will provide financial support for trainees, focusing on individuals historically underrepresented in medicine.