Transforming Kidney Care and Research
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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
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