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Nephrology Match

NRMP Revises Match Participation Agreement

NRMP revised the Match Participation Agreement (MPA) governing communication between programs and applicants. Effective this application year, the MPA has been expanded to read:

For all Matches opening after June 30, 2016, programs are prohibited from requesting applicants to reveal the names, specialties, geographic locations, or other identifying information of programs to which they have or may apply.

Update: All-In Nephrology Match

The ASN Match Oversight Task Force, launched in December 2015 and charged with monitoring outcomes of last year's All-In Nephrology Match (Appointment Year [AY] 2016), recently reported the extent of potential nonparticipation was limited. Based on the Task Force's findings, ASN is following up with a small number (less than 10%) of programs to confirm their status regarding the Match.

Benefits of Participating in the All-In Nephrology Match

ERAS Access

As a reminder, starting July 1, 2016, nephrology training programs participating in the All-In Nephrology Match will be listed in, and have access to, the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Because of ERAS' and NRMP's differing processes and timelines, ASN is asking programs to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide ERAS the information it needs to verify programs/tracks participating in the AY 2017 All-In Nephrology Match.

Programs that enter into and return the signed MOU to ASN by Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. EDT will be listed in ERAS and able to receive applications using the ERAS Program Director Work Station. Those entering after June 15 will be listed, but ERAS will NOT inform candidates of any additions after the July 1 opening. Nonparticipating programs will not be listed in, nor have access to, ERAS and will be excluded from the benefits of participation.

Benefits of Participation

The ASN Match Oversight Task Force recommended, and ASN Council has approved, excluding nonparticipating programs from the benefits of participation below, effective with the AY 2017 Nephrology Match. (Please note that ASN reserves the right, as official sponsor of the Nephrology Match, to exclude potentially nonparticipating programs in AY 2016 from receiving these benefits if these programs refuse to discuss their participation status with the society.)

Programs assessed as nonparticipating with ASN's All-In Policy will be excluded from the following benefits of participation.

ASN All-In Nephrology Match—Benefits of Participation
  • Training Program Directors (TPDs), faculty, and staff from participating programs will have access to the TPD toolkit information on the ASN site.
  • Participating programs will be included in the ASN website program listing with search function for candidates.
  • TPDs and Division Chiefs from participating programs are eligible to serve as speakers at ASN Kidney Week.
  • TPDs and faculty from participating programs are eligible to be nominated for ASN committees.
  • TPDs and faculty from participating programs are eligible to apply for ASN and ASN Foundation for Kidney Research grant funding.

All-In Nephrology Match Application Cycle for AY 2017

June 15, 2016Deadline to return signed All-In Nephrology Match MOU
July 1, 2016Candidates begin submitting applications to ERAS
August 31, 2016Match Opens
October 5, 2016Rank Order List Entry Opens
November 2, 2016Quota Change Deadline
November 16, 2016Rank Order List Certification Deadline
December 7, 2016Match Day


ASN Supports All-In Policy for Nephrology Match

In 2015, the ASN Council unanimously approved an All-In Policy for the Nephrology Match. As the official sponsor of the Nephrology Match, ASN believes All-In is the best approach for the specialty in the long term and helps ensure all candidates: 1) have fair and equal access to programs and 2) can examine the full range of training opportunities before making a final decision. Moreover, the All-In Policy provides programs with an equitable system to evaluate candidates on an orderly and transparent schedule.

Prior to implementation of the All-In Policy, participation in the Nephrology Match by fellowship applicants had declined significantly since 2010, while the number of training opportunities 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 252 in the December 2014 Match for the 2015 appointment year.

In the first year of All-In implementation, there was an increase in the number of participating programs and tracks. The number of unfilled positions and programs continued to rise in the AY 2016 application cycle, although the number of overall applicants increased slightly over AY 2015.

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Track Recommendations

Wide variability exists among internal medicine specialties in the use of program tracks in the Match. The ASN Nephrology Match Task Force discussions centered on whether offering too many tracks would create confusion for applicants in assessing programs and preparing rank lists. Preserving the ability of training programs to offer multiple tracks would enable programs to limit the number of applicants who match to specialized research or clinical programs (often supported by limited resources). Moreover, Nephrology fellows have indicated that multiple tracks demonstrate a program’s commitment to provide a differentiated training experience.

Noting that programs can use the NRMP system to "revert" unfilled positions to be filled from their rank list for their clinical track, the Task Force determined that Nephrology should maintain the flexibility of multiple tracks. However, the Task Force unanimously recommended reducing the number of tracks to three: "Clinical," "Research," and "Other" to minimize confusion.

Frequently Asked Questions

ASN has compiled a list of program-specific and candidate-specific FAQs concerning the Nephrology Match. You can download the interactive PDF below. If you have any additional questions, please contact nephrologymatch@asn-online.org.

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