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Ursula C. Brewster

There is a growing movement, particularly in the United States, focusing on enhancing wellness initiatives for trainees at various levels across all specialties. Notable adjustments include reduced call hours, more weekends off, and dedicated study leave. Although these changes have received praise, there is some concern among educators regarding potential unintended consequences, such as less effective training and lack of preparedness for an attending position after graduation. To gain insights into the impact of these initiatives on trainees’ well-being and education, Kidney News Editorial Fellows asked both a current fellow and a program director to provide their opinions on the matter.

Sri Shyamkumar
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Dominique Pean
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Rajeev Raghavan
Bridget M. Kuehn

Serving the Underserved

The following article is the final part of a five-issue series focused on caring for patients in underserved populations. Inspired by several sessions at Kidney Week 2023, this series has featured unique patient and physician perspectives, explained legal protections and limitations, and has sought to identify opportunities to improve kidney care for these communities. In this final article, we focus on the mental and emotional well-being of clinicians—pivotal in effectively caring for patients with kidney diseases and their mental health.