ASN Releases 2018 Nephrology Fellow Survey Report

By Kurtis Pivert

A new analysis finds leading indicators point to an improving job market and rising salaries for nephrologists entering practice. ASN released the analysis of the society’s annual survey of nephrology fellows in training—Report on the Survey of 2018 Nephrology Fellows—authored by George Washington University researchers.

“Among nephrology fellows who had searched for a job, perceptions of local nephrology job opportunities maintained the improvement of recent years for both US medical graduates (USMGs) and international medical graduates (IMGs),” said GW-HWI principal investigator Edward Salsberg, MPA. “Fellows’ anticipated salaries in 2018 were higher than in previous years; the median anticipated salary range for all demographic groups (by educational status and sex) was $180,000–$189,999—excepting male IMGs reporting a median of $190,000–$199,999—and the mean anticipated salary was $198,000, up from $187,000 in 2017.” 

Yet the job market gains were better for USMGs than IMGs, added Salsberg, and lifestyle factors remained a concern for many fellows in training. Despite this, “a majority (78.8%) of fellows indicated they would recommend nephrology to current medical students and residents, a notable improvement over previous years.”

Among the report’s key findings:

  • Fewer than two in five respondents (38.0%) who had searched for jobs reported having difficulty finding a satisfactory position, down from 45.6% in 2017.
  • Frequency of overnight calls and weekend duties, and workday length were all ranked very important or important by >90% of fellow respondents.
  • The percentage of respondents changing plans because of limited nephrology job opportunities in 2018 continued to decline, down to 28.9% from the high of 42.9% in 2015.
     

Share your thoughts on the report's findings on Twitter using the hashtag #NephWorkforce. If you have questions about ASN's workforce research efforts, please contact workforce@asn-online.org.

Category:
Subcategory:
Author:
Kurtis Pivert
Article Image:
Body:

A new analysis finds leading indicators point to an improving job market and rising salaries for nephrologists entering practice. ASN released the analysis of the society’s annual survey of nephrology fellows in training—Report on the Survey of 2018 Nephrology Fellows—authored by George Washington University researchers.

“Among nephrology fellows who had searched for a job, perceptions of local nephrology job opportunities maintained the improvement of recent years for both US medical graduates (USMGs) and international medical graduates (IMGs),” said GW-HWI principal investigator Edward Salsberg, MPA. “Fellows’ anticipated salaries in 2018 were higher than in previous years; the median anticipated salary range for all demographic groups (by educational status and sex) was $180,000–$189,999—excepting male IMGs reporting a median of $190,000–$199,999—and the mean anticipated salary was $198,000, up from $187,000 in 2017.” 

Yet the job market gains were better for USMGs than IMGs, added Salsberg, and lifestyle factors remained a concern for many fellows in training. Despite this, “a majority (78.8%) of fellows indicated they would recommend nephrology to current medical students and residents, a notable improvement over previous years.”

Among the report’s key findings:

  • Fewer than two in five respondents (38.0%) who had searched for jobs reported having difficulty finding a satisfactory position, down from 45.6% in 2017.
  • Frequency of overnight calls and weekend duties, and workday length were all ranked very important or important by >90% of fellow respondents.
  • The percentage of respondents changing plans because of limited nephrology job opportunities in 2018 continued to decline, down to 28.9% from the high of 42.9% in 2015.
     

Share your thoughts on the report's findings on Twitter using the hashtag #NephWorkforce. If you have questions about ASN's workforce research efforts, please contact workforce@asn-online.org.

Date:
Monday, October 15, 2018