The nephrology subspecialty, both at the fellow and practitioner level, has a greater percentage of international medical graduates (IMGs) than any other internal medicine subspecialty with the exception of geriatrics. As such, the contributions of IMGs to our field are tremendously important and we must work to continue to make nephrology an attractive career choice for them.
There are a number of challenges relating specifically to potential IMG fellows. Since J-1 and H1-B visa holders are not eligible for funding through the NIH, their options are substantially limited if they are interested in research training. Owing to limitations imposed by