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Mount Desert Island Biologic 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 Biologic Laboratories "Origins of Renal Physiology" course for students, June 10-17, 2017. 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 the ASN with access to website resources for students.


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

Program Schedule

June 10-17, 2017

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. Our Cottages sleep 4-5 double and single occupancy, shared bathroom, kitchen, living room, high speed wireless internet, and parking.

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 Mount Dessert Island TREKS Program compiled by previous students.


The renal physiology course is run Mark L. Zeidel, MD. 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 Workforce and Career Advancement Assistant Monica Waema at or 202-618-6990.