Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Women in Medicine Month
Dear RPS members,
In 2023, the RPS would like to continue our focus on embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion; and on broadening our international network. One way to achieve this goal is to celebrate a semi-monthly calendar of observances and appreciations with 10-question interviews highlighting our diverse pool of members.
September is Women in Medicine Month and in 2023 we feature a long time RPS member and current president, Dr. Lois Arend. Dr. Arend is currently Associate Professor of Pathology at Johns Hopkins University, Associate Director of the Renal Pathology diagnostic service, Director of the Renal Pathology fellowship, and Director of the Pathology Department Clinical Fellowship program. Dr. Arend has served the RPS on various committees including Nominating and Awards, Finance, Membership, and Program. Dr. Arend also served as the RPS representative on the ASN Kidney Week Program committee in 2003.Women in Medicine Month | American Medical Association (ama-assn.org)
1. What is your name, where were you born, where do you work?
2. What is your number one topic of interest in nephropathology?
I don’t have a favorite part of the kidney or disease; what fascinates me most in Nephropathology are the unusual, bizarre, and challenging cases that we see. I’ve also had a long-standing interest in the structure-function relationship in the kidney (an awareness born out of my PhD in Physiology!), so any alterations I see in histology that I can correlate with the functional changes catch my attention and send me off into the realm of filtration, secretion, and reabsorption, and yes, the countercurrent mechanism.3. What do you like most about your job?
4. What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
5. What did you want to become when you were a child?
6. What would be your wish for the future - in general or in relation to your work?
7. Any special interests apart from Nephropathology?
8. How do you think Renal Pathology will look like in 10 years’ time?
9. Who would you consider to be your mentor in renal pathology or pathology in general?
10. What is your favorite non-work-related activity or way to spend your time?
Bonus Question: What have you found most challenging about developing your career as a woman in medicine?