Project/blog link:An Internship in Nephrology BASIS Advisor: Raylene Streuber Internship location: Kingman Regional Medical Center Onsite Mentor: Dr. Bassam Shakil, Nephrologist
In the United States, certain medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure are very common. Many people know how these conditions may ruin one’s health, but many do not know the impact they have on the kidneys. About one in nine adults suffers from Chronic Kidney Disease, or CKD, due to conditions such as these. When I found out about these astonishing numbers, I had to know more. Chronic Kidney Disease is a silent killer in America, and through this project I plan to learn as much as I can, while spreading awareness to my community. Once a larger number of people know about this disease, it may be more easily prevented through better lifestyle choices. I am working with Dr. Bassam Shakil, a nephrologist in Kingman, Arizona. With Dr. Shakil, I met and learn from actual patients who are suffering from CKD and trying to avoid further damage. I believe that it is very important for these patients to live a normal life, and that’s why further awareness is necessary.