Kidney TREKS is a program for medical students who want to learn about nephrology. Here are the components of the program from the website:
- Attend the Mount Desert Island Biologic Laboratories “Origins of Renal Physiology” course for students, June 6-13, 2014. Tuition, travel stipend to Maine, room and board are paid by ASN.
- Become connected with a nephrologist-mentor who will interact with the student over the course of medical school training, graduate school or postdoctoral fellowship.
- Attend ASN Kidney Week during the 3rd or 4th year of medical school or graduate school with travel support (as a part of the ASN Program for Students and Residents).
- Receive complimentary membership to the ASN with access to website resources for students.
To my mind, the first bullet point stands out as a once in a life-time opportunity. Mount Desert Island (by the way, best name ever: it’s a mountain, and a desert, and an island. Too bad they couldn’t get swamp and archipelago in there somehow) is a research lab where some of the seminal discoveries of renal physiology were made. My understanding is that the students have an opportunity to re-run some of the classic experiments with scientist mentors. Imagine a whole week of Kidney Science Camp.
I have not seen any reviews from participants from last year’s KidneyTreks but the reports from the fellow version make me want to re-do fellowship so I can go.
The deadline for applications is January 24th. Get to the link and apply now.
|Imagine hiking around this beautiful island after learning the secretes of glomerular filtration.|
|Mount Desert Island Biologic Lab, home to the world’s nerdiest fence.|