Distinguished Educator Award: Anna M. Burgner, MD, MEHP

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Anna M. Burgner, MD, MEHP

Citation: Kidney News 15, 10/11

Dr. Burgner is assistant professor of medicine and director of the nephrology fellowship program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

She has worked diligently over the past 10 years to bring innovation to medical education and transform training in nephrology. She co-directs the Excellence in Teaching program, a 2-year, longitudinal curriculum focused on developing internal medicine residents' skills in medical education. Dr. Burgner is responsible for expanding the program to include all medicine fellowship programs.

She has implemented innovations in Vanderbilt's nephrology fellowship program to include training in performing kidney biopsies and multidisciplinary management of dialysis access complications.

Dr. Burgner has also been involved in several international social media-based nephrology education initiatives. For the past 7 years, she has been on the Executive Committee for NephMadness, a nephrology educational initiative inspired by college basketball's March Madness. She is also on the board of directors of the Nephrology Journal Club, NephJC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing free open access medical education pertaining to nephrology, hypertension, and transplantation.

She has served on multiple national committees focused on education. She co-chairs the ASN In-Training Examination Committee and is a member of the ASN Workforce and Training Committee. During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, she helped to transition the annual ASN Training Program Directors Retreats to quarterly, virtual town halls by sitting on planning committees, moderating breakout sessions, and giving presentations. She is also on the editorial board of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases and associate editor of Nephrology News & Issues.

Dr. Burgner received her MD from Indiana University School of Medicine, followed by a residency and nephrology fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She also completed a Master of Education in the Health Professions program through Johns Hopkins University.