One year ago, this magazine appeared in mailboxes across America. After that auspicious birth, five subsequent issues of the publication appeared at somewhat irregular intervals. I feel we have completed our toddlerhood and now move into a more mature, civilized period of development.
With this anniversary issue, ASN Kidney News becomes a monthly periodical. Monthly issues mean not only more work but also better coverage. More frequent publication allows us to truly cover breaking news in the world of kidneys.
We will continue to publish special sections devoted to topics in nephrology, some extensive and some smaller. Regular features and columns will continue as well. One new column debuts in this issue—Detective Nephron. This Holmes-like nephrologist, the creation of Kenar Jhaveri, starts with a single abnormal laboratory value and generates the diagnosis with some help from the trainee, L.O. Henle. Their caffeine-fueled adventures will appear quarterly.
A number of other features will appear regularly. The Fellows’ Corner debuts next month. This column will alternate with Trends in Medical Education. We will explore all aspects of nephrology training, from increasing trainee recruitment to Maintenance of Certification. Expansion of policy coverage is in the works as well, given the volatile health care and research funding environments today.
ASN Kidney News also plans to expand its online presence. Our podcasts were accessed more than 70,000 times in the first six months after their May debut; more of these audio files will be available in 2010. An interactive comments section with a user-friendly interface is also in the works.
The ASN has rolled out its new logo, necessitating a change in our masthead. Just as the organization changes over time to serve its members, so does this magazine. If you have a great idea for ASN Kidney News, drop us a line (KidneyNews@asn-online.org). Your idea may be our next Big Thing.