A recent survey of 1134 US nephrologists who are ASN members provided important insights that will help guide ASN’s assessment of approaches to initial certification, recertification, and physician assessment activities, as well as the relationship between the nephrology community and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).
The survey is part of ASN’s larger strategy to help nephrologists maintain career excellence.
About 90% of US nephrologists are ASN members. Nearly 1 in 5 nephrologists who received the survey responded. Most respondents were private practitioners (44.9%), followed by clinical educators (24.8%) and academic researchers (15.1%). Other respondents identified themselves as hospital-based physicians, industry researchers, and administrators (Table 1). Respondents also included those who identified as transplant nephrologist, interventional nephrologist, academic physician, among a few other designations.
The majority of respondents (92%) were board certified through ABIM. For those who were not ABIM-certified, 3 respondents were certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine (AOBIM) and 6 were certified by the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS). Other certifying boards mentioned in the survey’s open comments section included the American Board of Pathology, American Board of Pediatrics, board eligible/not certified, and international certification.
“I was pleased to see the number of nephrologists who participated in the survey and provided their opinions about MOC, recertification, lifelong learning, and issues related to ABIM,” said ASN Councilor and Education Committee Chair Mark Rosenberg, MD, FASN. “Having this level of information will greatly assist ASN as the society examines options for helping nephrologists maintain career excellence and provide the highest-quality patient care possible.”