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Abstract: FR-PO056

A Qualitative Analysis of Advanced Training in Glomerular Diseases: Results from a Program Directors’ Survey

Session Information

  • Educational Research
    November 03, 2023 | Location: Exhibit Hall, Pennsylvania Convention Center
    Abstract Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Category: Educational Research

  • 1000 Educational Research

Authors

  • Jhaveri, Kenar D., Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, Hempstead, New York, United States
  • Schmidt, Insa Marie, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Oh, Jun, Universitatsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • Damashek, Laurel J., International Society of Glomerular Disease, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Jain, Koyal, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

Group or Team Name

  • International Glomerular Diseases Society Education Committee.
Background

Several centers around the world offer either an extra year of training in glomerular disease (GD) or focus on specialized GD training during nephrology fellowship. Data on the successes and limitations of advanced fellowship programs or focused training in GD is scant.

Methods

As part of the education committee of the International Society of Glomerular Disease (ISGD), we conducted a 10-question survey of all program directors that offer an advanced year in GD training. Open-ended questions were used to evaluate measures of success and challenges of each program and data were analyzed using thematic content analysis.

Results

15 programs responded to the survey( >90% response rate). 6/15 programs have had GD specific training for over 15 years; and the remaining ranged from 5-15 years. The majority of the programs were in USA (10/15) and 5/15 programs were located in Europe. 11/15 program graduates entered academia. All had a renal pathologists. The majority (9/15) of programs did not have a formal fellowship curriculum. Fig 1 and Fig 2 discuss success and challenges programs faced with GD fellowships. Success was noted as having departmental resources, multidisciplinary teams and local expertise in GD and protected time for research. Challenges included funding, interest in nephrology, visa issues, lack of resources for patient education in GD.

Conclusion

There is a lack of GD focused training programs in nephrology. Data from this study can help to inform the development of new guidelines and educational curricula for trainees and highlight the need to foster international collaborations that can provide peer support, aid with funding, and promote GD research.

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