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Abstract: PO1366

Education and Experience Gained Through Nephrology Business Leadership University (NBLU) Provide Valuable Benefits to Graduating Nephrology Fellows: A Survey-Based Study

Session Information

Category: Educational Research

  • 800 Educational Research

Authors

  • Mahbod, Diana, Dallas Renal Group, Dallas, Texas, United States
  • Bapat, Manasi, East Bay Nephrology, Berkeley, California, United States
  • Nangia, Samir, Dallas Renal Group, Dallas, Texas, United States
Background

Nephrology fellowship programs provide excellent clinical training but education regarding the economic, business, and leadership aspects of practicing as a nephrologist are lacking. Nephrology Business Leadership University (NBLU) addresses these needs in order to provide graduating fellows with practical tools for navigating their early private practice or academic careers.

Methods

We surveyed attendees of NBLU from each of the four years since the conference was created. An anonymous survey was sent to alumni electronically and focused on how the experiences and knowledge gained at NBLU have impacted their early careers.

Results

Seventy-one percent of fellows who were contacted responded to the survey. Respondents represented all four years of NBLU and all geographic areas of the U.S. All fellows indicated that they would recommend NBLU to other fellows, with 91% indicating that they would highly recommend it. Respondents reported that NBLU increased their knowledge about the nephrology job market, the economics of nephrology practice, and the various ways to engage in leadership opportunities in nephrology, including by using social media platforms for education and networking. Fellows reported enhanced knowledge regarding both private and academic nephrology careers and most established lasting relationships with colleagues from across the country which they intend to maintain throughout their careers.

Conclusion

Nephrology fellows report a significant need for business and leadership education which is currently lacking from fellowship programs. NBLU provides a week-long curriculum which has a lasting positive impact on graduating nephrology fellows. Empowering nephrology trainees on the verge of entering the workforce has the power to strengthen the field as these early career nephrologists inspire other trainees to join this challenging yet fulfilling field.