How We Do Communities
Nephrology is a broad field and
ASN’s membership includes a variety of professionals. As a result, sometimes
the content you get from your Open Forum digest is not in your interest area. The
society’s goal is that as many professionals and interest areas as possible are
represented in Communities.
Each interest based community is
autonomous, with its own email updates and leadership team. This means that you
can subscribe to only the communities that interest you and be assured that the
content you receive is well curated and professional. These communities are
also opt in. When you start or reply to a discussion your message only goes out
to a small, select group of individuals. Additionally, every community has its
own separate library and discussion archive.
Interested in Starting a New Community?
There are many subjects that are
not yet represented in Communities and the society has developed a process to
open new communities. Here are some questions to think through if you have an
idea for a community
- Do you use Communities?
Have you updated your profile and been involved in discussions?
- Has this topic been brought
up in the Open Forum? If not, start a teaser thread. That is a good way to
identify a core group of interested people to start a community
- What aspects of this
topic would benefit from input in a larger group? Communities is best suited
for big picture discussions, how would your idea benefit from this platform?
- Can you commit at
least 2 hours of your week to starting and responding to threads? Every new
community requires some time investment, but it pays dividends
- Who would I invite
to serve as co-leaders of the community? Having a strong, committed leadership team
is crucial to the community’s success
If after considering those
questions you are still interested in starting a community, start working
through the community application form. ASN staff will
work with you to put together a content plan and leadership team to make a
If you have any questions along
the way, do not hesitate to contact ASN Communities Associate Zach Cahill at
(202) 640-4674 or firstname.lastname@example.org.