Medical Students: Kidney MAPS

Kidney Mentoring and Awareness Program for Students (MAPS)

The Kidney Mentoring and Awareness Program for Students (MAPS) aims to engage medical and premedical students in the fight against kidney disease through structured community screening events and contact with nephrologists.

The program encourages students to work with nephrologists, as well as other medical professionals, including nurses and social workers, at the screening events that are held in community centers, health centers and churches.

During the development of the framework of the MAPS program through an ASN Workforce Committee sponsored initiative from 2013-2015, 1,135 individuals were screened by 58 students and 9 faculty members at the 3 original chapters (Indiana, Emory, and Louisville).

Starting a MAPS Chapter

The goal of Kidney MAPS is to recruit and mentor the next generation of nephrologists early in their careers by showing them the effects of kidney disease on public health and how they can join in the fight against it.

While the initial framework for the MAPS program was developed and implemented by ASN from 2013-2015, MAPS chapters are independently operated by faculty and students at each institution.

Resources

Existing Chapters

Emory University

The Emory University School of Medicine chapter of the ASN Kidney MAPS program has provided blood pressure screening, glucose screening, and BMI stations under the supervision of nurses at the Atlanta Black Nurses Association (ABNA) Community Health Fair in Atlanta, GA.

To learn more about other Emory screening events or for more information about Kidney MAPS at Emory University, please contact Titilayo Ilori, MMBS or Jason Cobb, MD.

Indiana University

The Indiana University Chapter of Kidney MAPS has conducted CKD screening events at the St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Indianapolis and with the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana chapter.

To learn more about other Indiana U screening events or for more information about Kidney MAPS at Indiana University, please contact Brian Decker, MD, PharmD, or Richard Hellman, MD.

University of Louisville

The Louisville Kidney MAPS program is operated by University of Louisville medical students with leadership from faculty. The program has conducted health screening events at the Senior Center at Oak and Acorn, Americana Health Center, and Catholic Charities in partnership with the University of Louisville Infectious Disease Refugee Health Program.

To learn more about other Louisville screening events, or for more information about Kidney MAPS at the University of Louisville, please contact Nina Vasavada, MD or Lina Mackelaite, MD.

Additional Questions

If you have any additional questions, please contact ASN Workforce and Career Advancement Coordinator Katlyn Leight at kleight@asn-online.org or 202-379-8169.