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ASN Society News - April 2015

ASN Supports All-In Policy for Nephrology Match

On behalf of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), thank you for your continued support of ASN's mission to "lead the fight against kidney disease by educating health professionals, sharing new knowledge, advancing research, and advocating for the highest quality care for patients."

Participation in the Nephrology Match by fellowship applicants has declined significantly since 2010, yet the number of training opportunities has increased during the same time period. Match participation fell to an all-time low in December 2014. Although the number of Nephrology fellowship programs increased from 127 in 2000 to a high of 147 in 2013, and the number of fellows in their first or second year of training jumped from 626 to 930 in the same time period, the number of applicants participating in the Match has declined from a high of 576 in 2010 to 254 in the December 2014 Match for the 2015 appointment year.

To help address this issue, ASN, as the sponsoring organization for the Nephrology Match, convened the ASN Nephrology Match Task Force to review the principles and practices of the Match, recommend improvements to ensure applicants fair and equal access to programs, and identify ways to help individual programs attract the most-qualified candidates.

Task Force deliberations included reviewing the results of surveys sent to training program directors and nephrology fellows. After numerous discussions over two months, the Task Force unanimously recommended to the ASN Council (the society's elected governing body) an all-in policy under which all accredited training programs must participate in and offer all positions through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Match. NRMP will support ASN's policy, help monitor compliance, and apply sanctions in accordance with the NRMP Match Participation Agreement.

The ASN Council unanimously approved the all-in policy, which will commence with the upcoming 2015 Match (that opens in August) for the 2016 appointment year. ASN disseminated a resolution in support of the all-in policy and will coordinate this change with NRMP.

Nephrologists provide highly specialized care to patients facing some of the most complex challenges in medicine. A fair and equitable system for fellowship applicants and the programs that train them will enhance our profession.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Himmelfarb, MD, FASN
President

Raymond C. Harris, MD, FASN
President-Elect and Nephrology Match Task Force Chair