The American Society of Nephrology has launched a new scholars program this year named after Dr. William E. Mitch, director, division of nephrology and professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

Central, South America

The ASN-William E. Mitch, III, M.D., FASN, International Scholars Program is directed at developing educational programs for the next generation of nephrologists. The plan is to bring together nephrology fellows from Central and South America, plus fellows in the United States and Canada who are members of underrepresented minority groups.

"The charter of the ASN includes physicians and scientists from North America so it is a natural extension to include nephrology fellows and future nephrologists from Central and South America. This program will provide the ASN’s educational opportunities to be accessible to trainees throughout the Americas," Mitch said. "The focus will be to improve education and interactions with our colleagues in Latin America. Together, we can improve our efforts to prevent the development of kidney disease and improve the treatment of these patients."

Membership bonus

The program will provide three free years of ASN membership to all nephrology fellows in Latin America, including the ASN Journals, the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and its clinical counterpart. Free registration and travel expenses to the ASN Annual Meeting during Kidney Week will also be available to small groups of fellows, from Latin America and to qualified, underrepresented minorities in North American countries.

Mitch is a former ASN president and recipient of the distinguished John P. Peters Award for research into kidney disease and its complications.