A nephrologist is a medical specialist that specializes in kidney diseases. Nephrology is one of the branches of internal medicine. The pediatric nephrologist diagnoses and treats kidney-related disorders for kids.
How to become a Nephrologist?
In order to qualify as a nephrologist, one needs to:
- Graduate from high school with a high GPA, especially in life sciences and math;
- Complete a 4-year pre-med/Biology degree;
- Volunteer in a medicine-related facility;
- Pass the Medical college admission test (MCAT);
- Enter a licensed medical school;
- Complete the 4 years of required initial medical training at the medical school, including internship;
- Pass the three stages of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE);
- Take a 3-year residency in internal medicine;
- Get a certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM);
- Join a 2-3-year nephrology fellowship. The latter may include:
- 1-2 clinical component;
- 1-year research component;
- Concentrated training in kidney structure, disease, and disorders.
- The fellowship must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME);
- Get board certification;
- One can choose between the following career tracks:
- Clinical nephrology – 2 years;
- Research nephrology – around 4 years;
- Transplant nephrology – 2 years of general nephrology and 1 year of transplant nephrology;
- Pediatric nephrology – 3 years;
How much do Nephrologists make?
In the United States, the average salary for a nephrologist is between $221,832 and $300,000 per annum.
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