Kidney Mentoring and Assessment Program for Students: a guide for engaging medical students in nephrology.
Nephrology & Transplantation
Clin Kidney J
Humans, Mentoring, Students, Medical, Nephrology, Mentors, Program Evaluation
Background: The American Society of Nephrology's (ASN) Workforce Committee created a unique program called the Kidney Mentoring and Awareness Program for Students to engage medical students in the fight against kidney diseases and interest them in careers in nephrology.
Methods: The program provided a framework and 2 years of funding to three medical schools to organize and carry out health screenings in underserved areas of their communities as well as a structure for student mentoring by the practicing nephrologists.
Results: The Workforce Committee identified three medical schools (Emory University, Atlanta, GA; Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN and University of Louisville, Louisville, KY) and engaged faculty at each school to serve as advisors. The ASN committed funding to the groups for 2 years, after which the groups became self-sufficient. Three nephrologists participated in each chapter, building on existing relationships with community groups to identify sites and carry out kidney screening events.
Conclusions: We report here the experience of those chapters and a blueprint for other schools interested in setting up a similarly structured program to interest students in nephrology while working with community groups to spread awareness of the major underlying causes of kidney disease.
Bayliss, George P; Cobb, Jason; Decker, Brian; Hellman, Richard; Vasavada, Nina; Mackelaite, Lina; Shadur, Craig; Ilori, Titilayo; Ibrahim, Tod; Leight, Katlyn; Hsiao, Li-Li; Molitoris, Bruce A; Okusa, Mark D; Parker, Mark G; and ASN Workforce Committee, "Kidney Mentoring and Assessment Program for Students: a guide for engaging medical students in nephrology." (2019). Maine Medical Center. 1609.