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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

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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 course designed to encourage residents and fellows to understand the pathway to a successful career as a physician scientist. Attendees of the 2018 workshop learned and practiced strategies to identify mentors, improve the mentoring relationship and select and initiate research projects. They also learned 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 delved into the importance of the Aims page and attendees broke up into small groups to critically review in a group setting. Additional components of the workshop helped trainees understand how to maximize their chances of receiving internal grants and grants from specialty societies. At the end of the workshop, attendees had a strong understanding of the career development pathway from House Staff to Early Career Scientist and a strategy for navigating it.

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

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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 kwbulloch@uams.edu 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.

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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.

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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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