Becoming a nephrologist is one of those professions that take years of study and practice. Have you ever thought of becoming one?
A nephrologist is an internal medicine doctor who specializes in kidney treatments. They are also the one who performs kidney operations, dialysis and transplants. Like many medical courses, all of your efforts will be worth it. If you are aspiring to be one, here are the things that you need to do:
Study more about the human body
Study more about biology and try to develop an interest in the human organs. Focus on the urinary system and read more about the human kidneys. Knowing this will give you a basic understanding on how the kidney works and why it is a very important body organ for humans. It will also help you to easily understand the complex terms involved which you will encounter in your college years.
Get to an accredited medical school
Try to earn awards, achievements and high grades in college. Getting high grades can give you a great chance of being accepted into the best medical universities.
Before you can register to a medical school, you must take up and pass the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). This is a requirement for entrance into medical schools. After passing the MCAT, enroll and provide your score to an accredited medical school. Medical schools will provide you different areas on where you can practice but since you want to become a nephrologist, focus more on this medical discipline.
While on your medical school, apply and pass the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Exam) to get your license. This is a requirement in the United States if you wish to practice medicine in different parts of the country.
Complete residency period
To pursue a specialty in nephrology, you have to get a certification in internal medicine from the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine). You also have to earn three years of internal medicine practice, pass more exams from USMLE and gain three recommendations.
Residency period is where you will work in a hospital like professional doctors and you will get paid a fair salary. This usually takes 2-3 years to complete.
Get your nephrology certification
After completing those, the last thing that you need to do to complete your quest is getting a certification. This certification from ABIM will be valid for 10 years. You can enter a fellowship in nephrology as well. This is where you will start working without supervision of other physicians.
All medical courses are not an easy path to take and this includes nephrology. To be one, you must have the determination to save someone’s life. If so, you can then continue to work for the knowledge, experiences and certifications. The only problem that you have to deal with now is how you can live your dream as a successful nephrologist.