What is Nephrology?
It is the study of the renal system, as in the kidneys and all that it does. Nephrology spans from the biochemistry of the kidney’s function to the pathology of the kidneys.
What does a Nephrologist do?
Nephrologists consult with their patients to determine the appropriate course of treatment; they suggest and orders tests to determine extent of illness or aid in diagnosis. Nephrologists diagnose and treats kidney disorders and everything related to it. They treat electrolyte disorders, acid-base disorders, kidney stones, high blood pressure, and end-stage renal disease. It also goes further in treating vascular disorders that tie in with the renal vasculature and nutritional metabolism.
Nephrology is under the subspecialty of internal medicine so that means you have to do 3 years of internal medicine residency. And after residency you have the option of doing 2-4 years of nephrology fellowship. A nephrologist must be approved by the board in order to be fully licensed.
How Much Does a Nephrologist Make?
The median salary for a nephrologist is $210,355, which is not bad even in a bad economy; yes that’s enough to buy your sexy black BMW 645Ci. Basically, you get $17,529 every month excluding the income taxes and insurance. The lowest recorded salary is $163,830 and the highest salary recorded is a whopping $274,045.