Enhancing nephrology career interest through the ASN kidney TREKS program

Laura J. Maursetter, Lauren D. Stern, Stephen M. Sozio, Ankit B. Patel, Reena Rao, Hitesh H. Shah, Katlyn Leight, Mark D. Okusa, Mark L. Zeidel, Mark G. Parker

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The Kidney Tutored Research and Education for Kidney Students (TREKS) Program is a product of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Workforce Committee that seeks to connect medical and graduate students to nephrology. This program starts with a weeklong camp-like course introducing participants to renal physiology through classic and modern experiments. Next, each student is matched with a nephrology mentor at his or her home institution to foster a better understanding of a nephrology career. Lastly, the students are encouraged to participate in scholarly activities and attend the ASN Kidney Week. Now in its third year, with a total of 84 participants, survey data suggest early success of the program, with a self- reported 40% increased interest in nephrology fellowship and/or research careers. In addition, students give high ratings to the course components and mentorship pairings. Continued student tracking will be necessary to determine the long-term program effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1604-1607
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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