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ASN Society News - December 6, 2018

ASN Seeks Editorial Director for Nephrology Self-Assessment Program (NephSAP)

The Nephrology Self-Assessment Program (NephSAP®) is one of the premiere educational activities of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN). The primary goals of NephSAP are self-assessment, education, and the provision of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points for individuals certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

NephSAP® provides a learning vehicle for clinical nephrologists to renew and refresh their clinical knowledge, diagnostic and therapeutic skills. This enduring material provides nephrologists challenging, clinically oriented questions based on case vignettes, a detailed abstract that reviews recent publications, and an editorial on an important and evolving topic. This combination of materials enables clinicians to rigorously assess their strengths and weaknesses in the broad domain of nephrology.

ASN Seeks a New Editorial Director for NephSAP

ASN is committed to promoting diversity and inclusiveness to enhance the nephrology profession and the lives of people with kidney disease. The society seeks to ensure that all segments of the kidney community feel welcome and fully engaged as members and volunteer leaders. In selecting leaders, ASN will exercise a strong focus on diversity and inclusion.

The Editorial Director's primary responsibility is to extend NephSAP's quality, reputation and scholarship as well as enhance NephSAP's contribution to ASN continuing its mission "by educating health professionals and scientists, advancing research and innovation, communicating new knowledge, and advocating for the highest quality care for patients."

The Editorial Director oversees the development of each NephSAP issue and is responsible for its content, quality, and timeliness. The appointment is for a three-year term, renewable once, and offers an annual stipend. The appointment term will commence July 2019 with a six-month orientation period and will end on December 31, 2022.

The duties for the NephSAP Editorial Director include, but may not be limited to:

  • Appointing (as appropriate) with approval of the ASN Continuous Professional Development Committee, a Deputy Editor and Associate Editors. The Editorial Team (deputy and associate editors) should be comprised of ASN members with high stature and respect in the community, and with the professional expertise to successfully meet the NephSAP vision and mission.
  • Defining, refining, and updating the aims and scope of NephSAP.
  • Ensuring that NephSAP adheres to all appropriate ASN polices especially guidelines related to bias and conflicts of interest.
  • Overseeing the development of each NephSAP issue and is responsible for its content and quality.
  • Providing overall oversight for editorial team and authors, and addressing any performance issues that may arise.
  • Serving as member of the ASN Continuous Professional Development Committee. Regularly reporting status of NephSAP to the ASN Continuous Professional Development Committee and responding to reporting request that may be issued by ASN Council.
  • Setting goals to assure the content of NephSAP meets the highest standards of excellence and regularly evaluate NephSAP's performance in this regard.
  • Working with ASN staff to adhere to budget and financial structures. ASN is responsible for managing NephSAP production, distribution, and promotion.

Additional information about NephSAP 3.0 and the Editorial Director search are available here:

Application Requirements

Interested candidates should submit an application package (PDF tabbed file) that includes:

  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Names and contact information (phone number and email address) of three professional references.
  • Succinct letter of interest and qualifications (limit 3-4 pages), including your vision for NephSAP for the next six years and how you will accommodate the time demands of editing NephSAP.

In addition, update or complete a conflict of interest disclosure statement. The template is found in the "My ASN/Disclosure" section of the ASN website.

Submit application package (PDF tabbed file) to education@asn-online.org using the subject line "Candidate for NephSAP Editorial Director" no later than January 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Questions should be directed to Phillip Kokemueller, Special Advisor to Executive Vice President, at 202-510-2490 or pkokemueller@asn-online.org.