Enrichment Program

The Enrichment Program promotes innovative multidisciplinary research in pediatric kidney disease through promoting involvement by students and residents, with programs including a Summer Scholars Program for students, and Travel Awards to national meetings for residents.

The CHOP-PCEN holds several scientific seminars and symposia to foster opportunities for innovative multidisciplinary collaborations: an annual joint CHOP-Penn Nephrology Research Seminar. CHOP-PCEN is participating in the National O’Brien Centers Kidney Seminars (NOCKS) which aims to promote regular scientific interactions between participating centers. More information about this seminar series, the schedule of upcoming events, and links to register are available here.

The Center also engages with the community and patient interest groups by implementing an annual Pediatric Kidney Disease Symposium and virtual education sessions.

ASN Travel Award

This award provides a stipend for residents to attend the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Annual Kidney Week Meeting. For more information, click here.

ASPN Travel Award

This award provides a stipend for residents to attend the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology/Pediatric Academic Society Annual Meeting. For more information, click here.

Summer Scholars Program

This is an 8-week summer program in which students will work with a research mentor on a research project, and will have opportunities for didactic training and clinical shadowing in nephrology. For more information, click here.

Related People

Erum Hartung, MD, MTR

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Co-Director of Enrichment Program

Erum Hartung, MD, MTR, is co-director of the Combined Kidney/Liver Program at CHOP. Her research focus is in genetic kidney diseases, particularly polycystic kidney disease. Her research focus is developing new imaging biomarkers for kidney disease in children. Dr. Hartung serves on the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation’s Science Advisory Committee.

Meredith Atkinson, MD, MHS

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Co-Director of Enrichment Program

Dr. Atkinson has a broad background in the areas of research study design, data management, and statistical analysis. She has successfully collaborated on multiple research projects examining clinical outcomes for children on dialysis and with chronic kidney disease, anemia in children with chronic kidney disease, and the association between vitamin D deficiency and anemia.