Interest in nephrology as a career continues to decline as highlighted by this recent editorial entitled "The Future Nephrology Workforce: Will There Be One" in CJASN. This article, which was presented at ASN in Denver as the Summit on Increasing Interest in Nephrology, highlighted several negative comments about nephrology on the student doctor network threads and concluded with 4 areas to improve interest in nephrology.
"1. Develop creative educational rotations that focus on often-overlooked areas in nephrology, such as AKI, critical care nephrology, hypertension, interventional nephrology, and transplantation.
2. Implement strategies for increasing interest among students and residents.
3. Produce an annual report on the state of the nephrology fellowship.
4. Use social media to highlight the positive aspects of nephrology careers."
In order to better understand if nephrology fellows are currently satisfied with their decision to go into nephrology we created a quick survey with the Editors of Nephron Power. Click here to take this survey.
I commend the authors of the editorial in shedding light to this important topic. I'm also happy they included social media as a platform to increase exposure and nephrology-related educational initiatives. I am happy with my decision to go into nephrology. I think this is an exciting time for new research that will hopefully lead to better health care for patients with kidney disease and hypertension. This site, the Renal Fellow Network, is proof that there will be a dedicated Future Nephrology Workforce. Nephrology continues to offer a wide variety of career paths and the specialty has many unique facets which is what attracted many of us to this specialty. Lets continue to educate and advance our field.