Nephrology fellows recently completed a week-long summer course on renal physiology held at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratories in Maine. Named the National Course for Renal Fellows: Origins of Renal Physiology, the course has been offered for 15 years and has proved valuable in helping fellows gain a deeper understanding of concepts of physiological homeostasis.
As the 2021-2022 interviewing and recruitment season gets underway, ASN continues to strongly encourage nephrology fellowship programs to conduct all interviews with applicants during the recruitment cycle remotely. Health, safety, and equity are key factors of this best practice.
ASN recently established a Loan Mitigation Pilot Program to decrease the loan burden of those entering the field of nephrology and bolster interest in the specialty. The society has committed $2,700,000 to reaching those who are considering nephrology as a career. The 5-year program will provide financial support for trainees, focusing on individuals historically underrepresented in medicine.
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is proud to announce the upcoming launch of the ASN Loan Mitigation Pilot Program.
This exciting program will launch in early 2021, and the pilot will continue for three years. ASN has committed $2,700,000 to reaching those who are considering nephrology as a career.
In the first year of the pilot, ASN will fund six applicants, reducing the loan burden for each applicant by $50,000 over three years. Year 1 awards will center on individuals racially underrepresented in medicine. When the program launches, ASN will disseminate details regarding eligibility requirements and the application process.
Applications for nephrology fellowships in the first month of a pandemic-shortened application cycle were up according to Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) data showing nephrology application through August 17, 2020, rose 49% compared with July 2019.
Partial August data hinted at potential renewed interest among US allopathic residents, with candidates totals equal to those seen across the entire 2019 cycle (79 US MDs). International medical graduate resident numbers were flat compared to the same period (214 candidates), but osteopathic candidates declined 15%. Although cumulative candidate totals through the first two weeks of August were flat, cumulative applications are still up 30% compared to 2019.
The Nephrology and Hospice & Palliative Medicine fellowship training programs of the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and the University of North Carolina have collaborated to create a combined 2-year training program through the ACGME’s Advancing Innovation in Residency Education (AIRE) program.
The combined fellowship will lead to ABIM board eligibility in both disciplines. Each participating institution anticipates recruiting one carefully selected applicant into this program to start training in July 2021. Candidates will submit materials through ERAS, and a special track in the NRMP match will be used for application to the program. This new training program will integrate academic and clinical experiences in nephrology and hospice and palliative medicine to produce skillful nephrologists who can address the enormous need for palliative care in the practice of nephrology, and hospice and palliative medicine specialists who possess expertise in kidney supportive care.
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) recognizes that the current coronavirus pandemic has placed unique demands on frontline caregivers, necessitated restrictions on travel, and imposed limitations on individuals with various health conditions.
To help ensure the health, safety, and security of our applicants during the 2020-2021 recruitment cycle, ASN strongly encourages nephrology fellowship programs to conduct all interviews with applicants remotely, utilizing both telephone and videoconferencing capabilities. Programs should not disadvantage applicants who are unable to travel due to personal or programmatic decisions, and programs should plan for an all-virtual recruitment season.
COVID-19 has necessitated a transformation in how medical education is delivered to trainees, presenting new opportunities, but also concerns for the adequacy of ongoing instruction. Education during the pandemic must “balance education with safety,” state Sam Kant, MD, and C. John Sperati, MD, in a Perspective to appear in the June Kidney News. Here, we look at four areas that require the attention of educators and fellows in caring for patients with COVID-19. Sam Kant, MD, is a nephrology fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital. C. John Sperati, MD, MHS, is associate professor of medicine and fellowship program director at Johns Hopkins Hospital.