COVID-19 Placed Kidney Disease in the Limelight. Will That Attract More Physicians to the Specialty?

  • 1 Nicole Fauteux is the founder of Propensity LLC and a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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Nephrologists have been challenged in recent years to attract young physicians to the specialty. Many attribute this difficulty to the field’s complexity, the younger generation’s focus on work–life balance, the vulnerability of the patients nephrologists serve, and limited exposure to the field during medical school and residency. Now that kidney disease has been thrust into the limelight by COVID-19, some observers are asking whether the specialty might be more attractive to young physicians in the future.

Such a change would be welcome. In 2019, only 62% of nephrology resident positions were filled during the annual match. That’s a slight increase