The nephrology match this year in 2013 was a tough battle for many programs. Interest in the field continues to be low. Its’ sad to note that the current generation of residents/students would rather choose a field based on compensation and work hours rather than passion and dedication. Tejas Desai from ECU just wrote a commentary in F1000research on his thoughts on how to fill seats in the nephrology match process.
1. Make fellowship 3 yrs by combining with Critical Care
2. Make fellowship 3 yrs to increase time for research
3. Abandon the match process and go back to pre 2007 days in nephrology (Who does this benefit- the programs or the applicant?)
4. Reduce the number of programs that offer fellowships( this likely will effect mostly third and fourth tier and community programs a lot)
Interesting ideas put forth above. In addition, check out the summary of some of the twitter comments and discussion regarding the proposed ideas.
What to others think?