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Mark Rosenberg MD FASN ASN President

rosenberg_new.PNGI am honored to be ASN President in 2019 and excited by the possibilities for this year. ASN developed and launched a 5-year strategic plan in 2016. Significant progress has been made on all strategic goals, and these remain as the main issues ASN will need to address over the course of the next year. In 2019, I’d like to see ASN focus on accomplishing three broad goals that will continue the society’s momentum and help accomplish the strategic plan by the end of 2020.

Roger A Rodby MD FACP FASN and Susan Willner ASN Communities

Three years ago, the ASN developed and released ASN Communities with the objective of creating an international venue to network, collaborate and discuss important issues in a members-only environment. Since the launch:

Members have embraced the Communities for discussion and learning. Recently a conversation on “ Lupus with New Proteinuria and Hematuria ” provided such valuable real-life case information that it was used in a presentation on “When to do a Kidney Biopsy in Lupus Patients and Understanding Activity and Chronicity Scores” to the New York Academy of Medicine by Dr. Surya Seshan, MBBS, Weill Cornell Medical Center, who reported that attendees “loved the way I brought the ASN online exchange as an introduction to highlight the issue and my talk. I cannot thank you and all our experts enough for making this happen.”

ASN Staff

A study was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) entitled, Physician stress and burnout: the impact of health information technology. The study set out to quantify “how stress related to use of health information technology (HIT) predicts burnout among physicians” by measuring at least one “of the following: poor/marginal time for documentation, moderately high/excessive time spent on the electronic health record (EHR or EMR) at home, and agreement that using an HER adds to daily frustration. 4,197 practicing physicians in Rhode Island were surveyed in 2017.

ASN Staff

New survey results published in the medical journal Health Affairs provide the  first-ever nationally representative estimates of telemedicine use by U.S. doctors. Telemedicine use was more common at larger, multi-speciality practices and  hospitals — evidence that financial burdens continue to be a barrier for smaller  physician-owned practices, according to the study authors.

David White

A lively, but friendly, debate over RRT in the ICU took place late yesterday in a “Timely Debate” session before a standing-room only crowd. The format positioned Sean M. Bagshaw, MD, representing the role of the intensivist in the ICU, debating Paul M. Palevsky, MD, FASN, representing the role of the nephrologist. Dr. Bagshaw, who is an Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Alberta, took a decidedly humorous approach declaring himself “the most unpopular person at Kidney Week.” Not to be outdone, Dr. Palevsky, who is a renowned nephrologist and Chief of the Renal Section of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, humorously countered that the reason he believes nephrologist should oversee RRT in the ICU was because “Well…duh. We’re nephrologists, that’s what we do!”

ASN Staff

FMCNA_ANNAPartnership_Hero_1.18.pngFresenius Medical Care North America has agreed to donate $100,000 to the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) in order to continue their scholarship program which aims to “help increase awareness of the profession and strengthen engagement with nurses dedicated to caring for patients with chronic kidney disease.

David White

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) was honored to participate recently in the third annual Nephrology Business Leadership University 2018 in Dallas, TX, at the headquarters of U.S. Renal Care (USRC) and hosted by USRC, the Dallas Renal Group, and UC San Diego. The NBLU unique weeklong program for second year nephrology fellows allows them to drill down with a diverse faculty of practicing nephrologists from private practices and academia, hospital and dialysis executives, and other professionals who will share their insights on leadership, the business of nephrology, and the evolving healthcare landscape.

ASN Staff

The following articles are brief Q&A sessions with American Society of Nephrology (ASN) grant recipients. The sessions explore what research the individual is undertaking with the grant funds, their hopes for the research, career goals, and advice for others interested in applying for these grant funds.

ASN Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Award

ASN Staff

Lisa Charlotte Rost delves into what you should consider when choosing colors for data visualization. With the powerful potential of visualizations in relaying conclusions within a short burst of attention, color choices can make or break their effectiveness.

The author explores topics such as:

Please read the full article , which includes many examples of good and bad data visualizations.

Katlyn Leight

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is proud to announce the first ever lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer and questioning (LGBTQ) and ally member reception at Kidney Week 2018!

Join us for an evening of networking and gathering to discuss ways of serving LGBTQ patients and supporting LGBTQ members of the kidney community.

The reception will be held in the evening on Friday, October 26, 2018.