Transforming Kidney Care and Research
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Applications open for the Nephrology Social Media Collective (NSMC) Internship

The Nephrology Social Media Collective (NSMC) internship was established in 2015 with the goal of training health care professionals to be leaders in the next wave of medicine. Leadership is going to require effective communication through social media. The ability to define your personal online identity is a core competency of the future.

The NSMC internship will give you modern communication skills that will not be taught at the hospital. Join the 4th class of interns and boost your social media presence.

KIDNEYcon is the official meeting of the Nephrology Social Media Collective. Interns are encouraged to attend. Many of the faculty will be in attendence as well.

For more information and to apply click here.

Matt Sparks
New workshop just added to #KIDNEYcon 2018

House Staff to Physician Scientist:  How Do I Get There From Here?

This is a hands-on course designed to encourage residents and fellows to understand the pathway to a successful career as a physician scientist. Attendees will learn and practice strategies to identify mentors, improve the mentoring relationship and select and initiate research projects. They will learn how to migrate through various milestones including NIH mechanisms such as T32 training fellowships, F31 and F32 fellowships and mentored training awards including K08, K23 and VA Career Development Awards. We will also review the importance of the Aims page and break up in small groups to critically review in a group setting. Additional components of the workshop will help trainees understand how to maximize their chances of receiving internal grants and grants from specialty societies. At the end of the workshop, the attendees should have a strong understanding of the career development pathway from House Staff to Early Career Scientist and a strategy for navigating it.

This course will be led by Drs. Luis Juncos from the University of Mississippi, John Arthur from UAMS, Matthew Sparks from Duke, and Brent Wagner from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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John Duronville joins the faculty for the #KIDNEYcon Kidney Biopsy Academy

John Duronville will join the faculty for the KINDEYcon Kidney Biopsy Academy. John is a faculty member at Duke University Medical Center. He has an interest in kidney biopsies and directs the Duke Nephrology Kidney biopsy service. We are excited to have John join the KIDNEYcon faculty. As our conference continues to grow we are delighted to add more individuals passionate about hands-on education. Please welcome John to the team.

Matt Sparks- KIDNEYcon Education Director

#KIDNEYcon Nephrology Education Summit Speakers Announced

2018 will feature the KIDNEYcon Nephrology Education Summit held at the Clinton Library. This program will consist of 5 talks from speakers involved in education at various aspects in nephrology training from medical school, to residency, to fellowship, to private practice. The Summit will conclude with a panel discussion. The intent is to spur interest and disseminate new ideas to enhance nephrology education. We welcome anyone in the nephrology community to participate in the Education Summit whether you are a resident or fellow in training or a seasoned nephrologist. Our idea is that this will be a fertile ground for cross collaboration and innovation. We look forward to seeing you in Little Rock on April 6th.

Matt Sparks
Kenar Jhaveri
Co-Moderators, KIDNEYcon Education Summit

How a KIDNEYcon Workshop was Invented
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KIDNEYcon brings dedicated nephrologists together to discuss recent healthcare advances and practice new procedures. John Arthur pioneered the idea of the conference three years ago and continues to look for new ideas to improve the event each year. So if you liked it a lot last year, expect it to be even better this year! 

Regarding the Kidney Biopsy Academy (KBA) workshop, the idea took roots and grew when multiple pieces of the puzzle addressing kidney biopsy came together. During one of John and I’s many conversations regarding the state of education in this area, I happened to mention a particular problem we kept seeing in practice. We were receiving multiple inadequate kidney biopsies and the rate of inadequacy varied from hospital to hospital. This made John think the issue had to do with training and the number of biopsies done by the people performing the procedure. The lack of available training in this area inspired us to teach the proper procedure, to as many physicians as possible.

The KBA is a classic example of John's vision for the conference, which is bringing ideas to fruition through multidisciplinary collaboration. I had seen lightly embalmed cadavers at UAMS during a teaching session in anatomy. Serendipity had it that I was also working with Stephen Bonsib and Pat Walker on designing a teaching model for the anatomy of accessing the kidney from the posterior side, which makes accessing the kidney easier for physicians doing biopsies. A team of physicians from multiple institutions worked together to plan and refine the KBA workshop curriculum: Kevin Phelan (UAMS) helped dissect the cadavers and managed the anatomy facility; Stephen (Arkana Labs) hand-drew the image of the body as we needed, as no such drawings were available for reference at that time; Manisha Singh (UAMS) developed the handouts; Nithin Karakala (UAMS) arranged the ultrasound machines; Diane Bricco (UAMS) incorporated interventional radiology; Vandana Niyyar (Emory) and Juan Carlos Velez (Ochsner Clinic) conducted the workshop and created evaluation tools; and Kelly Bulloch (UAMS) helped us coordinate everything.

The Kidney Biopsy workshop and KIDNEYcon give me an opportunity to interact with fellows, residents and anyone interested in learning more about the kidney. In 2018, KIDNEYcon will offer several new workshops, including one dedicated to Kidney Pathology. We look forward to seeing you April 6-7 in Little Rock. We promise your time here will be both educational and fun!

Shree Sharma, MD, FASN
KIDNEYcon Co-Director
Nephropathologist, Arkana Laboratories

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