The second annual KIDNEYcon, an event that focuses on the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease, will be held April 7-8, 2017, in Little Rock, AR. The mission of the two-day educational conference is to promote research collaboration between academic and private nephrologists, and to excite residents and fellows about careers in nephrology. Continuing education credit is offered for the meeting.
The first day of the conference consists of hands-on workshops designed primarily for medicine residents, nephrology fellows and early-stage nephrologists. The workshops provide realistic experiences to help attendees understand “how and why” interventions are performed, and to boost one’s comfort-level in the use of various tools and techniques. A combination of overview talks, simulations, live human models and cadavers are used for instruction. Attendees can choose to participate in two of the four half-day workshops offered:
- The Kidney Biopsy Academy
- Critical Care Ultrasound Workshop, led by Drs. J. Terrill Huggins of MUSC and Nithin Karakala of UAMS.
- Interventional Nephrology Workshop, led by Dr. Mukesh Sharma of the Arkansas Renal Group, Hot Springs, Arkansas
- Social Media in Nephrology Workshop, led by Dr. Matthew Sparks (@nephro_sparks) of Duke University, Dr. Swapnil Hiremath (@hswapnil) from the University of Ottawa, and patient advocate Kevin Fowler (@gratefull080504).
- Detailed information on the workshops can be found here.
The second day of the conference consists of an educational meeting entitled Recent Advances in the Diagnosis & Management of Kidney Disorders, which will feature multiple interactive sessions with case-based studies and audience response technology, followed by Q&A sessions with the expert panel. The seminars will focus on AKI in the morning and glomerular disease in the afternoon. The full list of topics and speakers can be found here.
KIDNEYcon 2017 coordinators are: Director John Arthur, MD, PhD; Professor and Chief of Nephrology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; Co-Director Shree Sharma, MD, FASN, Nephropathologist, Arkana Laboratories, Little Rock, AR; and Education Director Matthew Sparks, MD, Assistant Professor, Duke University Medical Center.