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Career Advancement and Professional Development Workshop

KIDNEYcon 2019 will feature a new workshop addressing professional navigation skills, focused on the needs of fellows and junior faculty.  The Career Advancement and Professional Development Workshop is sponsored by Women in Nephrology.

What do I want to do in my career? How do I achieve my professional goals? For both private practice and academic nephrologists, this workshop aims to provide practical tips on negotiation, work-life balance, advocating for yourself, identifying mentors and sponsors, establishing a national reputation, planning for promotion and tenure, and establishing a research program. Discover the skills you need to become a leader in your practice, your institution, and the field of nephrology.

Come find some answers with us at the Career Advancement and Professional Development Workshop at KIDNEYcon 2019! 

The course will be directed by Drs. Manisha Singh of UAMS, Michelle Rheault from the University of Minnesota, Silvi Shah from the University of Cincinnati, and Lisa Curtis from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

WorkshopsJohn Arthur
Michelle Rheault to give #KIDNEYcon 2019 Keynote Address

We are pleased to announce that Michelle Rheault, MD will give the Friday evening keynote address at KIDNEYcon 2019 on April 12th.

Dr. Rheault is a pediatric nephrologist and soon to be chief of the division of nephrology at the University of Minnesota. Rheault completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Minnesota, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Mount Sinai in New York. Dr. Rheault is an international expert on Alport Syndrome and genetic pediatric kidney diseases. Dr. Rheault is active on social media especially bringing pediatric nephrology discussions to the forefront and advocating for women in nephrology. She will also chair a session on pediatric nephrology and participate in a career development session focusing on women in nephrology (details to follow). This is an exciting opportunity for bringing adult and pediatric nephrologists together in one venue to foster collaboration and learning. Follow her on Twitter @rheault_m

PeopleMatt Sparks
KIDNEYcon Encourages Research Careers: Offers Hands-on Workshop

The KIDNEYcon Research Career Workshop, House Staff to Physician Scientist:  How Do I Get There From Here? is a hands-on intensive 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 also 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. A discussion will delve into the importance of the Aims page, and attendees will break up into 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, attendees will have a strong understanding of the career development pathway from House Staff to Early Career Scientist and a strategy for navigating it.

This intensive workshop is taught by Drs. John Arthur from UAMS, Matthew Sparks from Duke, and Brent Wagner from the University of New Mexico.

John Arthur
KIDNEYcon Travel Award Applications Due February 16th

UAMS will fund ten conference travel grants for internal medicine or pediatric residents and adult or pediatric nephrology fellows.  Each grant will cover the conference registration costs plus airfare and up to three nights lodging at the Little Rock Marriott, not to exceed $850. Residents must submit a paragraph about “Why you are interested in nephrology and why you should receive this travel grant.”  Nephrology fellows should write a paragraph describing either 1) “The most interesting/challenging case you have seen in fellowship and how it has changed the way you practice nephrology,” or 2) “What are some ideas you have to improve nephrology education?”  Applications must be emailed to Kelly Bulloch at by 5 pm on February 16, 2018, and should be typed, single spaced, using 11 pt. font, and not to exceed 1 page in length. Applicants should attach a copy of their CV, including contact information.

John Arthur
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