University of Chicago Application

The deadline to apply is Friday, January 19, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. EST.

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.

Course Description

The ASN Kidney TREKS at the University of Chicago (UChicago) is one of two week-long courses that provides medical students interested in nephrology opportunities to explore the field. UChicago will host a group of interested medical and PhD students for a week in the Windy City. There will be academic work focused around modules that examine human renal physiology, healthcare disparities and outreach, and nephrology procedures. Within each module, participants engage in hands on activities including scientific experiments, patient care, and procedural simulations.

Kidney TREKS UChicago Program includes:

  • Attend a week long, on-site course at the University of Chicago, July 21-28, 2018. Tuition, travel stipend to Illinois, 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.

Eligibility

  • 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 his or her first year of training.
  • Must reside in North America.
  • This program is not for fellows already pursuing nephrology.

Program Schedule

July 21-28, 2018

The course is organized around several modules that examine various aspects of nephrology and nephrology research. Modules include: human physiology, healthcare disparities and outreach, and nephrology procedures. Within each module, participants engage in hands on activities including scientific experiments, patient care and procedural simulations.

Check out a sample schedule from the program here.

Recreational Activities: Events will depend on schedules and weather but could include a baseball game, trip to the Art Institute of Chicago, an architectural boat tour, or music in Millennium Park.

Program Housing

Housing will be provided on the University of Chicago campus in single suites with a shared bathroom. Housing will be within walking distance of all campus facilities. For more details, click here.

Faculty

The course will be run by Benjamin S. Ko, MD.

The faculty present represent multiple aspects of nephrology from academic to industry to private practice. Key faculty members include:

Arlene B. Chapman, MD.

Elaine M. Worcester, MD, FASN.

Jay L. Koyner, MD.

Orly R. Kohn, MD.

Tipu S. Puri, MD, PhD.

Milda R. Saunders, MD, MPH.

For questions or more information about the Kidney TREKS program, please contact ASN Grants and Career Advancement Associate Laura Hefner at lhefner@asn-online.org or 202-640-4660.

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