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Who Are Nephrologists?

August 20, 2010

In the broadest, direct-translational, sense, a nephrologist is anyone who studies the kidneys. At the current time, the term generally designates a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the kidneys. Within nephrology are a number of other divisions, most obviously those doctors who care for us and those of us who took the pediatric route.

Leading the fight against kidney disease

The American Society of Nephrology recently launched informational stories about different types of nephrology careers. These short tales describe how various members strolled their career paths, as well as providing advice for current trainees. I think many folks outside of medicine might be interested as well. I know I meet people who, hearing I am a doctor, assume I practice full-time. The general public does not really grasp the full extent of career opportunities that MDs (and other healthcare professionals) have open to them.

The site also provides a taste of the wide-range of career options that nephrologists may pursue. Students, residents, and current fellows may all benefit from these vignettes.

Click here for more.

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