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Working As A Nephrologist

  • $191,385

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What Does A Nephrologist Do At Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians

* Provides medical care to pre and post-transplant donors and recipients, both in-patient and out-patient, as appropriate.
* Provides evaluation of potential kidney donor and recipient candidates
* Active participation in the growth of the program
* Participates in the development of educational content and provides teaching to fellows, residents, nurses, students and other personnel involved in the care and treatment of transplant patients.
* Works collaboratively with physicians and staff to meet all regulatory requirements
* Clinician-research candidates must maintain a minimum of 50% clinical effort and secure/provide independent grant funding

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How To Become A Nephrologist

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.


Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. Students also take courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years, medical students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. Through rotations in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, they gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in a variety of areas.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.

Compassion. Physicians and surgeons deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be good at working with their hands. They may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Leadership skills. Physicians who work in their own practice need to be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their practice.

Organizational skills. Some physicians own their own practice. Strong organizational skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need special attention. Persons who fear medical treatment may require more patience.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.


After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, generally lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete residency training in their specialty.

All physicians and surgeons also must pass a standardized national licensure exam. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board. 

Certification is not required for physicians and surgeons; however, it may increase their employment opportunities. M.D.s and D.O.s seeking board certification in a specialty may spend up to 7 years in residency training; the length of time varies with the specialty. To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

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Nephrologist Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Mandarin

  • French



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Real Nephrologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Nephrologist Permian Premier Health Services Odessa, TX Jan 07, 2016 $400,000
Transplant Nephrologist Swedish Health Services Seattle, WA Oct 26, 2015 $384,100
Nephrologist Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Anchorage, AK Oct 01, 2015 $380,365
Nephrologist Arnot Ogden Medical Center Elmira, NY Dec 09, 2016 $375,000
Nephrologist Arnot Ogden Medical Center Montour Falls, NY Dec 09, 2016 $375,000
Nephrologist Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County Rock Springs, WY Jan 06, 2016 $350,000
Nephrologist Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County Rock Springs, WY Jan 07, 2016 $350,000
Nephrologist Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County Rock Springs, WY Jul 08, 2016 $350,000
Transplant Nephrologist Providence Health & Services-Washington Spokane, WA May 16, 2016 $345,000 -
Nephrologist Group Health Plan, Inc. Saint Paul, MN Mar 25, 2015 $332,626
Nephrologist Innovis Health, LLC Fargo, ND Jan 07, 2016 $330,000
Nephrologist Innovis Health Fargo, ND Apr 10, 2016 $330,000
Nephrologist Nephrology Associates of Greater Cincinnati LLC Cincinnati, OH Jun 15, 2016 $208,700
Nephrologist Nephrology Associates of Lexington, PSC Lexington, KY May 04, 2015 $206,091 -
Nephrologist Lake Regional Medical Management, Inc. Osage Beach, MO Jul 31, 2015 $206,000 -
Transplant Nephrologist Willliam Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, MI Jul 31, 2015 $205,000
Nephrologist Dodge City Medical Center, Chartered Dodge City, KS Dec 20, 2016 $200,782 -
Nephrologist Kidney Care Center Olympia Fields Olympia Fields, IL Feb 16, 2015 $200,665
Nephrologist Hawaii Nephrologists, LLC Waipahu, HI Jul 31, 2016 $200,000
Nephrologist Aegis Nephrology & Internal Medicine, LLC Warner Robins, GA Jul 13, 2015 $187,199
Nephrologist PMR Va Holding, LLC D/B/A Jencare Neighborhood Richmond, VA May 01, 2015 $187,199
Nephrologist Dodge City Medical Center Dodge City, KS Sep 22, 2015 $187,199 -
Nephrologist Sumter Medical Specialists, P.A. Sumter, SC Mar 22, 2016 $187,199 -
Nephrologist Sumter Medical Specialists, P.A. Sumter, SC Mar 16, 2016 $187,199 -
Nephrologist Selma Nephrology Associates Selma, AL Sep 03, 2016 $187,199 -
Nephrologist Sanford Clinic Aberdeen, SD Mar 25, 2016 $187,199

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Top Skills for A Nephrologist


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Top Nephrologist Skills

  1. Dialysis Clinic
  2. Clinical Nephrology
  3. Chronic Kidney Disease
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Experience in managing nephrology patients in office, hospital and dialysis clinic.
  • Saw patients of chronic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, hypertension and other kidney related disorders.
  • Educate patient and families about kidney disease, specialized diets, laboratory results and radiological testing.
  • Practiced both Internal Medicine as well as Nephrology with a heavy emphasis on inpatient critical care consultation.
  • Co-ordinated monthly office visits for all dialysis patient to evaluate blood pressure meds, binders, and diet.

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