In Practice

Making the Terms Used to Describe Kidney Health Work for Patients

Terminology commonly used by physicians to describe kidney health may be distressing or too difficult to understand for patients with kidney diseases, according to a recent study published in CJASN. The study, “Patient and Caregiver Perspectives on Terms Used to Describe Kidney Health,” included 54 patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and 13 caregivers from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

In receiving Joint Accreditation status from ACCME, ASN will continue its exceptional commitment to education

On July 27, 2020, the governing bodies of Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program (ANCC) granted the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) with Joint Accreditation for 6 years.

What does this mean for ASN and the community it serves? ASN is now simultaneously accredited to provide medical, nursing and pharmacy continuing education activities through a single process, without needing to obtain separate accreditations.

ASN Announces 2020 Lifetime Achievement and Midcareer Awards

People who succeed in nephrology exemplify the best in all of us. They relish the intellectual rigor required to advance such a complex area of study and practice; they approach treatment and research challenges with creativity and tenacity, and work daily to enhance quality of life for millions. Most important, kidney professionals imbue their work with compassion and respect for the people whose lives they improve through research, education, and clinical excellence.

KidneyX Summit Announces Winners of the Redesign Dialysis Phase 2 Prize

Today, July 22nd, a virtual summit was hosted by KidneyX to announce the six winners of the Redesign Dialysis Phase 2 prize. The goal of the Redesign Dialysis prize is to provide prize money for novel ideas and innovations that will lead to better outcomes for people with kidney diseases and eventually to a truly artificial kidney.

New Nephrology and Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship Training Programs Approved at Select US Universities

The Nephrology and Hospice & Palliative Medicine fellowship training programs of the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and the University of North Carolina have collaborated to create a combined 2-year training program through the ACGME’s Advancing Innovation in Residency Education (AIRE) program.

ASN Issues a Statement Against Racism

The following statement was released today:

Washington, DC (June 1, 2020)—The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is proud of its efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion among kidney health professionals. This commitment is hollow, however, if ASN fails to oppose racism. ASN strongly supports and will advance efforts to achieve equality to reduce the adverse impact of racism, especially on health and in health care.

Kidney News Announces Kenar D. Jhaveri, MD, FASN as New Editor-in-Chief

kenar_jhaveri-headshot.jpgKenar D. Jhaveri, MD, FASN, Professor of Medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and Associate Chief of the Division of Kidney Disease and Hypertension at Northwell Health, NY, has been selected as Editor-in-Chief of ASN Kidney News.

Testimonials from Nephrology Nurses: Our Stories

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May is National Nurses Month

Those who work in nephrology, or receives kidney care, understand that excellence of care depends directly upon the professionals who chose to become nephrology nurses.

Making the Case for Change: Including People with Kidney Diseases in COVID-19 Trials

KHI_Logo-Horizontal-Color.jpgClinical trials often exclude people with kidney diseases. This means that 37 million people in the United States are rarely represented in the kind of research that advances change in treatment and care. The challenges that result from such exclusion are highlighted by the current COVID-19 crisis.

Excerpt: Accelerating Technology Development During a Pandemic to Bring More People with Kidney Failure Home

KHI_Logo-Horizontal-Color.jpgThe Coronavirus – 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is unmasking the shortcomings of in-center hemodialysis for people with kidney failure. Individuals with kidney failure who rely on in-center dialysis do not have the luxury of social distancing during a pandemic. In-center dialysis exposes people with kidney failure and healthcare workers to potential infection.

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