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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 852-853
Achieving the aims of the SSN


Department of Nephrology, Kanoo Kidney Centre, P.O. Box 11825, Dammam 31463, Saudi Arabia

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Karkar A. Achieving the aims of the SSN. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 2009;20:852-3

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Karkar A. Achieving the aims of the SSN. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl [serial online] 2009 [cited 2020 May 29];20:852-3. Available from: http://www.sjkdt.org/text.asp?2009/20/5/852/55378
To the Editor,

Since its establishment in 2001, the "Saudi Society of Nephrology (SSN) for Renal Di­seases and Kidney Transplantation" has aimed in its "Article Two" to achieve eight objectives. These are (1) to develop and activate scientific thinking in areas related to the Society's field of specialties, (2) to establish an active scien­tific communication among Society members, (3) to extend scientific advice in field of spe­cialties, (4) to develop the professional and scientific practice of the Society members, (5) to ease the exchange of research outcomes and scientific ideas between local and foreign agen­cies and institutes concerned, (6) to participate in setting up plans related to renal diseases and transplant (including protection and treatment), (7) to participate in spreading public health awareness and to provide support for renal di­sease and (8) to coordinate with all agencies and institutes sharing the aforesaid objectives.

In its "Article Three", the Society planned to endeavor these objectives by exercising eight activities, including organization of symposia, seminars and study courses that are directly related to the objectives and interests of the Society. This in particular has been well a­chieved through the great efforts of the Society Board in developing an excellent informative SSN website and the SSN newsletter, and in conducting educational symposia, study courses and seminars in nephrology, dialysis and trans­plantation in different parts of Saudi Arabia. One of the great achievements is the develop­ment of the SSN annual conference. Four successful productive conferences have been well achieved, through excellent planning and organization.
"Article Three" has also included invitation of intellectuals and scientists specialized in the field to take part in the activities of the So­ciety. In the first three SSN conferences there have been at least seven distinguished speakers in the field of nephrology invited to each con­ference, and about double this number in the fourth SSN meeting, in order to fulfill the objectives of the Society. This effort has, with­out doubt, enriched the standard and scientific benefits of the SSN meetings. In fact, inviting international authorities in renal medicine will not only help in learning from their theoretical and practical experience, but should also help and guide our younger nephrologists to learn the art of slide preparation, presentation and scientific discussion. The SSN can, and is able to, organize excellent international conferences and congresses, in collaboration with interna­tional academic faculties, to further support the achievement of these and other related ob­jetives.

However, the SSN conference is expected to be a local and national meeting to help im­prove the national standard in renal medicine, including learning from local experiences and research, and improving the standards of renal services and of local nephrologists. Further­more, the SSN as a local national society of nephrology and among its objectives, as stated in points (1) and (4), of "Article Two" is "to develop and activate scientific thinking in areas related to the Society's field of specialties" and "to develop the professional and scientific practice of the Society members". Therefore, involvement of young Saudi nephrologists as speakers is an excellent opportunity. The aims to be achieved include (1) development of their abilities to prepare and present their lectures (2) improvement in their abilities in learning and practice the art of presentation and handling questions, (3) increasing their scientific confi­dence, (4) develop an interest in certain topic(s) in renal medicine, (4) stimulation of developing or increasing interest in clinical or basic re­search, (5) professional development to excel in a particular field of renal medicine, (6) participation in future SSN and international conferences as major speakers or speakers of the state of art lectures, and (7) creation of future leaders in education and training, and in setting and improving standards of practice and research in nephrology, dialysis and kidney transplantation.

In conclusion, SSN conference can be an ex­cellent opportunity for the professional deve­lopment of our younger colleagues. This will ultimately have a huge impact on the standard of nephrology practice in Saudi Arabia. The role of the Saudi Society of Nephrology (SSN) for Renal Diseases and Kidney Transplantation in succeeding this particular issue would be a great and memorable achievement.

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Ayman Karkar
Department of Nephrology, Kanoo Kidney Centre, P.O. Box 11825, Dammam 31463
Saudi Arabia
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