Many nephrology group practices of all sizes are facing an existential crisis driven by a confluence of factors. The first, and most notable, factor fueling this issue is the result of a significant decline in the number of physicians choosing to pursue a career in nephrology. In 2018, for example, the percentage of unfilled nephrology training tracks was 57.7% (up from 10.6% in 2009) and the number of unfilled nephrology positions was 39.9% (up from 5.2% in 2009). This declining interest in nephrology has been attributed to lower compensation (as compared against many other specialties), increasing student loan debt and lifestyle‑related considerations, among other factors. As a result of this trend, many nephrology group practices around the country have experienced increasing difficulty recruiting nephrologists to fill open positions as more senior physicians retire and move into different organizational roles.
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