Kidney Mentoring and Assessment Program for Students: A guide for engaging medical students in nephrology

George P. Bayliss, Jason Cobb, Brian Decker, Richard Hellman, Nina Vasavada, Lina MacKelaite, Craig Shadur, Titilayo Ilori, Tod Ibrahim, Katlyn Leight, Li Li Hsiao, Bruce A. Molitoris, Mark D. Okusa, Mark G. Parker

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Background: The American Society of Nephrology's (ASN) Workforce Committee created a unique program called the Kidney Mentoring and Awareness Program for Students to engage medical students in the fight against kidney diseases and interest them in careers in nephrology. Methods: The program provided a framework and 2 years of funding to three medical schools to organize and carry out health screenings in underserved areas of their communities as well as a structure for student mentoring by the practicing nephrologists. Results: The Workforce Committee identified three medical schools (Emory University, Atlanta, GA; Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN and University of Louisville, Louisville, KY) and engaged faculty at each school to serve as advisors. The ASN committed funding to the groups for 2 years, after which the groups became self-sufficient. Three nephrologists participated in each chapter, building on existing relationships with community groups to identify sites and carry out kidney screening events. Conclusions: We report here the experience of those chapters and a blueprint for other schools interested in setting up a similarly structured program to interest students in nephrology while working with community groups to spread awareness of the major underlying causes of kidney disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)761-766
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Kidney Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 25 2019



  • hypertension
  • obesity
  • public health
  • screening
  • type 2 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation

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Bayliss, G. P., Cobb, J., Decker, B., Hellman, R., Vasavada, N., MacKelaite, L., Shadur, C., Ilori, T., Ibrahim, T., Leight, K., Hsiao, L. L., Molitoris, B. A., Okusa, M. D., & Parker, M. G. (2019). Kidney Mentoring and Assessment Program for Students: A guide for engaging medical students in nephrology. Clinical Kidney Journal, 12(6), 761-766.