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Identifying and Navigating Your Career Path

By Laura Hefner posted 10-12-2018 09:54


Kidney Week offers numerous sessions across a variety of Learning Pathways ranging from Acute Kidney Injury, to Dialysis to "Other."  The Other category covers a wide variety of topics including The Best of ASN Journals: JASN & CJASN, High-Impact Clincial Trials and Shaping the Future of Nephrology Education.  Also included is a session on Navigating Your Career Path that will focus on everything from burnout and identifying workforce needs to the role of mentors/mentees. Here are the top reasons why you should attend this innovative session:

  • This special session is the only Kidney Week session that focuses on nephrology career paths. You won’t be able to get this information anywhere else and navigating your career path is a vital skill that all nephrologists need.
  • Burnout is a major problem in nephrology. In a 2016 Medscape Lifestyle report, 47% of nephrologists surveyed said that they had experienced burnout symptoms[1]. The advice you will acquire at this session for creating a work-life balance can help lessen the impact burnout can have on your career.
  • You will learn how to identify workforce needs. According to ASN’s 2017 Survey of Nephrology Fellows, nearly 30% of fellows would not recommend the specialty to current medical students and residents[2]. We want our trainees to proudly represent our specialty. Identification of workforce needs and addressing them will hopefully turn the tide so that fellows will recommend nephrology. This will ensure that our workforce will be sustainable in the future.
  • All nephrologists can benefit from mentor-mentee relationships, as mentors provide junior colleagues with professional guidance while mentees can give their mentors innovative new ideas. If you are interested in mentoring but don’t know where to start, you won’t want to miss Dr. Delbert R. Wigfall’s presentation on Building a Mentor Network. In the meantime, you can explore ASN’s Mentoring Resources Page for more information. 
  • You learn a lot in medical school about the practice of medicine but not necessarily about the business of medicine and how it impacts you. This session will also help you with tools and tips for negotiating contracts and salaries – both in academia and in private practice.

Please join the members of Women in Nephrology (WIN) and the ASN Career Advancement Committee on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. PDT in room 9 of the San Diego Convention Center for this exciting session moderated by Lisa M. Curtis, PhD, and Anne Pesenson, MD, FASN. 

If you have any questions, please contact me at or (202) 869-0306. I hope to see you there!  And be sure to check out some of the other great sessions in the "Other" Learning Pathway. 

[1]  Peckham C: Medscape Lifestyle Report 2016: Bias and Burnout, 2016. Available at: Accessed August 29, 2018

[1] Quigley L, Salsberg E, Mehfoud N, Collins A. Report on the 2017 Survey of Nephrology Fellows.

Washington, DC: American Society of Nephrology; 2017.