The future nephrology workforce

Will there be one?

Mark G. Parker, Tod Ibrahim, Rachel Shaffer, Mitchell H. Rosner, Bruce Molitoris

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Abstract

Interest in nephrology as a career is declining and has been on the decline for nearly one decade. From 2002 to 2009, all internal medicine subspecialties except geriatric medicine increased the number of available fellowship positions. However, only two subspecialties attracted fewer United States medical graduates (USMGs) in 2009 than in 2002: geriatric medicine and nephrology. This drop occurred at a time when demand for nephrologists is increasing and when the specialty is having a harder time benefiting from the substantial contribution of international medical graduates (IMGs). Today's USMGs possess fundamentally different career and personal goals from their teachers and mentors. Medical students report receiving minimal exposure to nephrology in clinical rotations, and they perceive that the specialty is too complex, uninteresting, and lacks professional opportunity. Meanwhile, the demographics of kidney disease in the United States, as well as recent national health policy developments, indicate a growing need for nephrologists. Efforts to improve the educational continuum in nephrology and enhance mentorship are essential to restoring interest in nephrology for USMGs, maintaining its appeal among IMGs, and developing a workforce sufficient to meet future demand for renal care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1501-1506
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Volume6
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

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Nephrology
Mentors
Geriatrics
Medicine
Policy Making
Kidney Diseases
Internal Medicine
Health Policy
Medical Students
Demography
Kidney

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  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation
  • Epidemiology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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The future nephrology workforce : Will there be one? / Parker, Mark G.; Ibrahim, Tod; Shaffer, Rachel; Rosner, Mitchell H.; Molitoris, Bruce.

In: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Vol. 6, No. 6, 01.06.2011, p. 1501-1506.

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Parker, Mark G. ; Ibrahim, Tod ; Shaffer, Rachel ; Rosner, Mitchell H. ; Molitoris, Bruce. / The future nephrology workforce : Will there be one?. In: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2011 ; Vol. 6, No. 6. pp. 1501-1506.
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