Jane Schell, MD, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is the inaugural recipient of the William and Sandra Bennett Clinical Scholars program from the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research. The foundation provides $3 million in educational and research funding each year

Schell was selected for her project to develop an innovative curriculum to improve nephrology trainee’s knowledge and skills in discussing advance-care planning and end-of-life issues. She will receive $50,000 annually for two years to develop and implement a program for nephrology educators to teach fellows palliative care communication skills.

 “I’m delighted with the selection of the first recipient,” said Sandra Bennett, MD. “Nephrology needs more physicians who can teach, take care of patients, translate the rapidly evolving science into the clinical arena, and inspire their students, residents, and fellows to further themselves regardless where they practice. This program will fill the void between the bench and bedside, and provide role models for nephrology’s next generation.”

A former ASN president and founding editor-in-chief of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Bennett is an expert in cystic kidney diseases and a Master of the American College of Physicians.

Applications for the next round of the William and Sandra Bennett Clinical Scholars Program will be accepted starting Oct. 20, 2014.