Table 4.

Suggestions for increasing interest in nephrology

Earlier and more exposure
 Exposure in medical school
  Invite patients to participate in small groups or panels to share their diagnoses
  Make material more clinically relevant for the learner
  Discuss nephrology as a possible career choice
  Nephrology faculty should participate in lectures, small groups, preceptors, and research projects with students
 Exposure in residency
  Increase outpatient experience (kidney transplant, dialysis, specialty clinics)
  Addition of a required 2-wk selective rotation
  Nephrology faculty and fellows leading case conferences
Enhanced interactions with nephrology faculty and fellows
 Nephrology faculty and fellows leading noon conferences
 Nephrology faculty giving core lectures on education days
 More phone or in-person interactions to discuss recommendations and offer the opportunity for the learner to ask questions
 Invite learners to watch biopsies, review the pathology slides, and teach them to perform urine sediments
 Advertise research projects or case reports to residents to facilitate involvement in scholarship
 Nephrology faculty acting as mentors and clinical coaches
Research and advancements in the field
 Discuss upcoming therapeutics and advancements in the field with the residents (during medicine grand rounds, noon conferences, and during inpatient and outpatient interactions with residents)
 Advertise research projects and interesting case reports to residents