Anupam Agarwal, MD, FASN, ASN President highlights the important role that international medical graduates (IMGs) play in the nation’s health care workforce and fight against COVID-19 in a recent opinion piece for The Hill. Reflecting on his personal journey from growing up in India to now serving as executive vice dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and director of the Division of Nephrology, Dr. Agarwal calls for Congress to pass the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act and make it easier for IMGs to practice in the United States. This legislation will bolster the nation’s health workforce in its fight against COVID-19 by removing barriers that prevent immigrant doctors and nurses from securing the stable immigration status.
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) stands with members of the LGBTQ+ community to continue to work to improve diversity, inclusiveness, and equity for members, patients, and the kidney community at large.
On Monday, June 15, 2020 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that civil rights law protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination, extending workplace protections to millions across the nation. While this is a wonderful victory for the LGBTQ community, steps backward in other areas continue to undermine LGBTQ equality.
March is National Kidney Month and to celebrate, Kidney News Online and In The Loop are highlighting the top 20 ways the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research are increasing interest in nephrology careers.
Together, ASN and the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research:
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.
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.
Fresenius 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.
Those who work in nephrology, or receive kidney care, understand that excellence of care depends directly upon the professionals who chose to become nephrology nurses.
The stories below reflect the tremendous scope and enduring challenges of this calling. These stories range from pediatrics to end-of-life care, chronic to acute care, dialysis to transplant to patient and professional education.
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.
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.
Pre-publication review and dispute for the Program Year 2018 Open Payments data is available beginning today April 1, 2019 through May 15, 2019. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish the Open Payments Program Year 2018 data and updates to the previous program years’ data in June 2019
Physician and teaching hospital review of the data is voluntary, but strongly encouraged. Please keep in mind the following: