As mounting evidence makes the waning interest in nephrology obvious to all of us, we must ask, “Why have we been asleep behind the wheel?” The accompanying articles in this special issue of ASN Kidney News detail many of the problems that have finally gotten our attention.
For instance, why were our colleagues in Australia the first to raise similar concerns about the nephrology workforce (1)? Why did the nephrology leaders in the United States not notice that the majority of medical students in this country do not take electives in nephrology? This decision means that
"So what motivates medical students prior to, during and following their formal training? I believe this centers on a dedication to helping people by integrating science and medicine, and delivering a product consisting of diagnostic and therapeutic options, understanding and empathy." Dr. Molitoris