The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) and KidneyX are leading the fight to put new tools in the hands of kidney health professionals by stimulating the development of new solutions for patients with kidney diseases. Both of these initiatives help the kidney community by giving new tools to nephrologists in their fight against kidney diseases, providing inspiration to future nephrologists, and offering hope the patients we treat every day.
In September of 2016, ASN hosted its Second PhD Summit in Washington, DC, to discuss how the society can better serve PhD members. This February, ASN Council approved the Summit’s recommendations. Table 1 shows the final recommendations and the relevant ASN committee assigned to implement them.
Over the next year, look for updates on these items in the Basic Science Research community in ASN Communities and in communications from the Committees.
Richard Glassock, Roger Rodby, and with Zach Cahill, Senior ASN Communities Associate
Increasingly in the 21st century, nephrologists and other physicians are turning to social media (SoMe) and internet-based forums to teach the next generation, treat their patients better, and bolster their knowledge. From blogs to Twitter, there are an overwhelming number of non-traditional learning and teaching resources available to nephrologists (1–3).
For the past two years, ASN Communities has been a vital addition to this space by providing an online venue for nephrologists around the world to have detailed discussions about complex questions, share their knowledge with peers, and create the peer-to-peer relationships that many only find