Enhancing Nephrology Career Interest through the ASN Kidney TREKS Program.
Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN
Career Choice, Education, Medical, Graduate, Female, Humans, Male, Mentors, Nephrology, Societies, Medical, United States
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.
Maursetter, Laura J; Stern, Lauren D; Sozio, Stephen M; Patel, Ankit B; Rao, Reena; Shah, Hitesh H; Leight, Katlyn; Okusa, Mark D; Zeidel, Mark L; and Parker, Mark G, "Enhancing Nephrology Career Interest through the ASN Kidney TREKS Program." (2016). Maine Medical Center. 765.