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Attending the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) conference in November 2005 as a second year resident inspired me to pursue nephrology training upon finishing my residency in internal medicine-pediatrics.

Many of the fellowship directors I met breathed a sigh of relief knowing that I was more than two and a half years away from finishing my residency, saying, “We will have to work fast, but we can make it happen.” Perplexed by this common theme, I could not fathom why the application process for a dual fellowship in both pediatric and adult nephrology would be “rushed” in order for this

Stephen Darrow

As the new academic year begins, nephrology fellows beginning their adult nephrology training can look back at the application process with a unique perspective compared with previous years’ fellows. They are the first class to enter the fellowship through the National Resident Match Program. The match has been considered a success in the fellowship community (Kohan and Rosenberg, 2009).

As one applicant cycle has closed, however, fellowship directors begin thinking about the recruitment process for future years. Given the projected shortage of nephrologists (Rosenberg, 2007), fellowship directors wonder if the pool of high-quality applicants will continue to grow. Pediatric nephrology