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Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory Application

Kidney TREKS, an initiative established by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), is designed to foster interest in careers in nephrology and research through a week-long research course retreat and long-term mentorship program. To view an additional description of the MDIBL course, click here.

Kidney TREKS MDIBL Program includes:

  • Attend the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory's "Origins of Renal Physiology" course for students, June 9-16, 2018. 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 Kidney STARS program).
  • Receive complimentary membership to ASN with access to website resources for students.


  • Must be a medical student who has completed at least one year of medical school, a graduate student pursuing a PhD, or a postdoctoral fellow within his or her first year of training.
  • Must reside in North America.
  • This program is not for fellows already pursuing nephrology.

Program Schedule

June 9-16, 2018

The course will be organized around several research modules that examine all aspects of kidney function. Modules include: water homeostasis, salt homeostasis and secretion, acid/base homeostasis, glomerular function, and personalized medicine and genetics. In each module, classical experiments using model systems (toad, zebrafish, roundworm, shark, Xenopus oocyte) are combined with modern molecular techniques.

Check out a sample schedule from the program here.

Click here for a letter from a previous program participant describing her experience.

Program Housing

Cottage-style accommodations are available. Cottages sleep 4-5 double and single occupancy, shared bathroom, kitchen, living room, high speed wireless internet, and parking are available.

Dormitory style accommodations are available with double occupancy and single rooms, shared bathrooms, common room, high speed wireless internet, and parking.

Housing is assigned. On-campus housing is within walking distance of all campus facilities (Note: campus grounds include wooded terrain).

Packing List

Review a packing list for the MDIBL TREKS Program compiled by previous students.


The renal physiology course is run by Mark L. Zeidel, MD, FASN. This is a highly rated course that provides students with an opportunity to interact with the highest quality educators. To view the complete faculty list, visit the MDIBL site click here.

For questions or more information about the Kidney TREKS program, please contact ASN Director of Governance and Workforce Initiatives Laura McCann at or 202-640-4664.