A survey done of renal fellows training during the pandemic has now been published.
The link is here https://data.asn-online.org/reports/fs_21/
Some key take home messages of this overall positive survey on our field.
1. Over 80% of fellows felt their program had successfully maintained education and conferences via video and over 80% felt that they were ready for independent practice.
2. Over 80% of fellows saw patients virtually as outpatients and a small number during the inpatient rotations.
3. Burnout was high though during the pandemic ( women more than men)
4. Overall employment perceptions improved from years prior
5. More fellows RECOMMENDED nephrology as a field this time around( the silver lining of the pandemic)
6. Where are fellows going? Nearly 90% start a clinical position, and 2% or so did general internal medicine. Remaining were industry, other fields and joint fields with nephrology
7. Median starting salary was 200,000 US$. Interestingly, IMGs got a higher base pay compared to USMGs. NO difference in female vs male salaries( a big win for Nephrology)
8. Income guarantees ( by far ) was the most common incentive for the job they took, followed by MOC and CME support, signing bonuses, career development resources.
9. Most fellows chose nephrology during residency. Sadly only 6% want to do a career in research.