Under the new William E. Mitch III, MD, FASN, International Scholars Program, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) will offer three years of free membership to nephrology fellows in Central and South America.
Each year, the society also will select five nephrology fellows from Latin America to receive free registration and travel support for Kidney Week, and three nephrology fellows from US and Canadian training programs who are members of underrepresented minority groups to receive registration and travel support for the conference.
“This program will provide the ASN's educational opportunities to be accessible to trainees throughout the Americas,” said Dr. Mitch, who is Chief of the Section of Nephrology and Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, in a news release from Baylor. “The focus will be to improve education and interactions with our colleagues in Latin America.”
Dr. Mitch, a former ASN President and recipient of the society's John P. Peters Award for nephrology research, has shown a commitment to a diversified workforce in nephrology and the provision of meaningful programs for nephrology fellows.