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A federal screening recommendation from USPSTF would enable more Americans to have earlier awareness and opportunities for intervention to manage kidney diseases.

Tejwinder Sandhu
,
Olivia Schreiber
, and
Vinay Srinivasan
Marcia Ribeiro
and
Denise Mafra
Alexis Gomez

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.

David E. St-Jules
and
Juan J. Carrero
Giorgina Barbara Piccoli
,
Abril Gutierrez
, and
Claudia D’Alessandro
Jing Miao
,
Charat Thongprayoon
, and
Wisit Cheungpasitporn
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.

ACGME accreditation would advance transplant nephrology as a distinct medical sub-subspecialty and foster broad nationwide adoption of uniformly rigorous transplant nephrology training.  

ASN Advocacy for Kidney Transplant Model Yields Success

Sri Shyamkumar
,
Dominique Pean
, and
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.

Matthew Sinclair
,
Nancy Welder
,
Vineeta Kumar
, and
Joseph Kessler , on behalf of the ASN C-ET Lessons Learnedand Preparing for the Future Workgroup
Flor Alvarado
,
Vanessa Evans
, and
Lilia Cervantes

Improving Mental Health in Marginalized Communities With CKD

Historically marginalized and underserved populations with kidney diseases are vulnerable to unique challenges when it comes to mental health and kidney health. In the next few articles, we dive into these issues and the opportunities to improve care for patients in some of these communities.

Erin Dean
,
Cassandra Abbatemarco
, and
Joseph Lander
Lisa Schwartz

In January 2024, Anna Gaddy, MD, FASN, a nephrologist at Froedtert Hospital and Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, created quite a buzz on X (formerly Twitter) after her altruistic living kidney donation. Trending hashtags included #Hero, #Walkthewalk, and #SavingALife, and Gaddy was referred to as an angel, a superhero, incredible, and inspiring. Gaddy did not know the person who would be receiving her spare kidney, which continues to spark the conversation about the importance of living organ donation and how directed and nondirected living kidney donations save the lives of those with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and kidney failure.

Gaddy remains a substantial proponent for living kidney transplants and bringing awareness to the topic of live organ donation—something many people, even in the medical community, are not aware of. In the end, she hopes that her selfless act continues to inspire others to “walk the walk” by exploring living kidney donation.