Pilot Program to Decrease Loan Burdens and Encourage Interest in Nephrology
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.
In an effort to decrease the loan burden of those entering the field of nephrology and bolster interest in the specialty, ASN recently committed $2,700,000 to advance a Loan Mitigation Pilot Program (LMPP). The 5-year program will provide financial support for trainees, focusing on individuals historically underrepresented in medicine. Six candidates selected in the first year of the program will each receive $50,000 over the course of three years toward the repayment of eligible student loans.
“This exciting ASN program will enhance the opportunities for the many talented medical graduates who hope to pursue a career in nephrology,” said ASN President Susan E. Quaggin, MD, FASN. “ASN is thrilled to be able to offset the loan burden of those who will create future cures for the millions of people who live with kidney diseases.”
Awards issued in the first year will focus on those historically underrepresented in medicine, who, for this program, are defined as those who self-identify as African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and/or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.
“I feel strongly about promoting diversity within the nephrology community and providing opportunities to those individuals who are historically underrepresented in medicine.” said Nwamaka Eneanya, MD, MPH, FASN, who is the chair of the ASN Loan Mitigation Task Force.
To hear more about LMPP from Dr. Eneanya, watch this short video. For information about eligibility or the application process, please visit bit.ly/3vPpTph.