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1 Elinor C. Mannon is a medical student in the Department of Physiology, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Augusta, GA. Matthew A. Sparks, MD, is Associate Professor; Director, Nephrology Fellowship Program; Director, Medical Student Research, Department of Medicine; and Lead, Society for Early Education Scholars (SEEDS) Program, Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC. Samira S. Farouk is Associate Nephrology Fellowship Program Director with the Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY.
Mentorship and early educational experiences play critical roles in influencing trainees' long-term career goals, and the field of nephrology is no exception. Like any specialty, one's decision to pursue nephrology likely results from a combination of clinical experiences, nephrology education, and mentorship both during medical school and residency. A majority of nephrology fellows previously reported deciding to pursue a nephrology fellowship during residency (1), and 33% of US internal medicine subspecialty fellows who did not choose nephrology identified the lack of a clear mentor as being one of the reasons for not doing so (2). Additionally,