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Samira S. Farouk

#NoMoreManels, a hashtag that continues to trend on social media in 2021, both within and outside nephrology, is used to draw attention to panels of all-men speakers and moderators, despite an active US physician workforce that is over one-third women (1).

As with its inception as a field more than 50 years ago, nephrology remains a man-dominated discipline, with 30% women nephrologists (2). There exist gender disparities, not only in representation of women nephrologists but also in significant imbalances in compensation and leadership positions. Women earn a mean of $31,000 per year less than their male

Samira S. Farouk

"Continue FK, MMF, pred."

Most nephrologists learn early in their training that the most common immunosuppressant regimen for patients with a kidney transplant consists of a calcineurin inhibitor (CNI), mycophenolic acid (usually mycophenolate mofetil [MMF]), with or without some corticosteroid. Let’s take a quick look at two emerging outside-the-box immunosuppression tools.

The new kid on the block

CNIs have long been a thorn in kidney transplantation’s side—with a laundry list of adverse effects ranging from tremors to electrolyte disturbances to paradoxical nephrotoxicity (1). One newer drug that has provided a CNI-free option in some patients is belatacept (approved

Elinor C. Mannon, Matthew A. Sparks, and Samira S. Farouk

Mentorship and early educational experiences play critical roles in influencing trainees' long-term career goals, and the field of nephrology is no exception. Like any specialty, one's decision to pursue nephrology likely results from a combination of clinical experiences, nephrology education, and mentorship both during medical school and residency. A majority of nephrology fellows previously reported deciding to pursue a nephrology fellowship during residency (1), and 33% of US internal medicine subspecialty fellows who did not choose nephrology identified the lack of a clear mentor as being one of the reasons for not doing so (2). Additionally,

Joel Topf, Anna Burgner, Timothy Yau, Pascale Khairallah, Samira S. Farouk, and Matthew A. Sparks

The 9th annual NephMadness is a social media and medical education campaign focused on all things kidney. You can participate in NephMadness during the entire month of March, National Kidney Month. NephMadness adopts the single elimination brackets that are a hallmark of the popular March Madness (the college basketball tournament held yearly in the United States), but with a nephrology twist. Instead of basketball teams, the bracket is populated with 32 nephrology concepts from eight different regions. This year’s regions are: Liquid Biopsy, the return of Animal House, COVID-19, ICU Nephrology, Workforce, Anemia, Primary Care, and Artificial Kidney. Each region