The mission of the Section on Nephrology (SONp) is to improve the health and well-being of infants, children, and adolescents with disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract and hypertension by:
- Providing educational information and opportunities for the pediatric medical community, patients and families;
- Promoting pediatric nephrology as a career among medical students and pediatric residents;
- Providing expert recommendations for Academy programs, policy, and other public materials; and,
- Advocating for those who provide and require pediatric nephrology care.
The vision of the SONp is to be the primary source for the Academy, and a respected source for the pediatric community, and families for the educational needs and the advocacy and clinical issues related to the care of children with diseases of the kidney and urinary tract and with hypertension.
Our Section's recent work includes:
- Developed a course, EQIPP: Hypertension, for members to meet MOC part 4 requirements and help satisfy QI requirements. This course includes tracks for the subspecialist and general pediatricians.
- Launched a pediatric nephrology workforce survey, the results of which were published and will be instrumental in future workforce planning and advocacy.
- Initiated the application in collaboration with other AAP groups to develop two clinical practice guidelines The Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents and Maintenance Intravenous Fluids in Children.
- Collaborating with the AAP Section on Urology and AAP Section on Radiology to develop a clinical report on urinary tract dilatation
- Teaming up with the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology and National Kidney Foundation to develop pediatric nephrology educational content for parents
- Providing leadership opportunities within the section and appointments to various internal and external groups such as the AAP Committee on Coding and Nomenclature, the AAP National Conference Planning Group and the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
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