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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.  

In a joint statement, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) commended the NKF-ASN Task Force on Reassessing the Inclusion of Race in Diagnosing Kidney Diseases for submitting its final report for publication. 

This year’s Kidney Week Education Committee and ASN staff are planning the first-ever hybrid Kidney Week to include in-person and virtual components. “Hybrid” can mean different things to different people, and ASN’s goal is to ensure a meaningful experience for every participant.  

ASN applauds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for amending the emergency use authorizations for both the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for the use of an additional dose in certain immunocompromised individuals, including kidney transplant recipients. 

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.

Given that hospital rankings may present limited information and fail to adequately assess relevant factors (such as social determinants of health, health disparities, and health inequities), this guide offers some context about how they are calculated, as well as their transparency, comprehensiveness, utility, and limits.  Also included is a list kidney disease resources for patients and family members.

ASN and other groups are urging Congress and the Administration to make a critical investment in the nation’s health care delivery system by maintaining the 3.75% increase to the CF through at least calendar years 2022 and 2023.  

ASN Executive Vice President Tod Ibrahim and ASN Regulatory and Quality Officer David White offer insights about federal funding for kidney research, visas for international medical graduates, and the Equality Act.

ASN is accepting late-breaking clinical trials through September 1 for Kidney Week 2021, which will include virtual content and an in-person annual meeting from November 4th to 7th in San Diego, CA.

During Kidney Week, STARS participants attend poster sessions, “Meet the Expert” panel discussions, and networking opportunities with nephrology leaders. STARS participants are grouped by special interest and paired with mentors who offer guidance during the event.