Advancing Nephrology: Recommendations from ASN's Second PhD Summit

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.

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.

These are exciting first steps to make ASN a more welcoming society for PhDs working in the kidney space. Following through on these goals is critical to expose young researchers to the field, offer exceptional content at our scientific meetings, and provide meaningful leadership roles for PhD members. If you have any questions about the implementation process, please contact ASN Communities Associate Zach Cahill at zcahill@asn-online.org or 202-640-4674.

TABLE 1

Council Recommendation Committee
1. Consider offering five to ten partial stipends of $10,000 to $20,000 each to PhD students on a competitive basis. Career Advancement 
2.  Provide information about career paths for various PhD tracks. Workforce and Training 
3. Raise awareness of kidney diseases in schools or departments of public health to increase interest among students who are typically aware of other diseases (such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes). Workforce and Training 
4. Address the “perception” issue that basic science is underrepresented or diluted at ASN Kidney Week, during the annual meeting. Continuous Professional Development
5. Conduct a market analysis to determine the possibility of expanding the “Scientific Exposition” at ASN Kidney Week by soliciting exhibitors, vendors, and other entities that appeal to basic scientists; consider creating a Basic Science Marketplace within the exhibit floor. Meetings Team
6. Explore the possibility of partnering to support a spring scientific meeting focused on a rotating topic of interest to segments of the membership. Continuous Professional Development
7. Disseminate the recommendations of the Second PhD Summit to increase awareness of its accomplishments. Media and Communications

 

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