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The Kidney Biopsy Academy workshop returns for #KIDNEYcon 2019
 

One of the most popular workshops of KIDNEYcon is the Kidney Biopsy Academy (“KBA”). The hands-on course utilizes: kidney ultrasound simulation using SonoSim® Ultrasound Training; real time ultrasound of kidneys in simulated, live human subjects; kidney anatomy with plasticine-embedded torso sections from human cadavers; kidney anatomy with dissected cadavers; US-based PKB simulation with mannequin (Blue Phantom™); US-based renal biopsy in lightly-embalmed cadavers; and tissue retrieval adequacy examination by microscope and smartphone camera.

The Kidney Biopsy Academy is directed by Drs. Juan Carlos Velez from the Ochsner Clinic and Vandana Niyyar from Emory University.  They are assisted by Drs. Shree Sharma and Nicholas Cossey from Arkana Laboratories, John Duronville from Duke, and Manisha Singh and Kevin Phelan from UAMS.

David Goldfarb will moderate a kidney stone session at #KIDNEYcon

KIDNEYcon 2018 will feature a session Saturday April 7th, 2018 on recent advances in the medical care and diagnosis of kidney stones.

  • This session will be moderated by Dr. David Goldfarb, Professor and Director of the Kidney Stone Prevention Program at NYU and winner of the “Stone Crusher of the Year” by the Oxalosis and Hyperoxaluria Foundation in 2014. Dr. Goldfarb will give a presentation titled, The Exposome for Kidney Stones.
  • Alana Desai, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology at Washington University, will present Urological Interventions for Acute Urolithiasis. Dr. Desai's areas of interest include urologic dysfunction in women and men, urolithiasis, endourology, minimally invasive surgery, kidney stone, metabolic stone lab, and complex kidney stones.
  • Jennifer Ennis, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois, will discuss Prevention of Recurrent Calcium Stones. Dr. Ennis specializes in all areas of kidney care, especially chronic kidney disease and kidney stones. 
  • John Asplin, MD, Medical Director at Litholink Corp. and Clinical Associate at the University of Chicago will present Neglected Analytes on the 24-Hour Urine Panel. At Litholink, Dr. Asplin oversees the medical aspects of the kidney stone program, including creation of medical algorithms for interpretation of urine chemistries and providing consultation to physicians who have questions about their kidney stone patients.
#KIDNEYcon perspective from a graduating fellow
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KIDNEYcon was an exceptional meeting! I first went to KIDNEYcon in 2016 when I was finishing my fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern. The first day consisted of a Renal Biopsy Workshop that utilized state-of-the-art technology and provided hands-on review of ultrasonography, anatomy, and different real-time renal biopsy techniques. The second day consisted of several superb talks, updates, and dynamic discussions in topics related to ICU nephrology, AKI, renal pathology, and CKD. The environment was very collegial and stimulating. The faculty were very attentive and approachable. This meeting is a great example of a balance between a hands-on pre-course experience and dynamic lectures and discussions. In summary, I think the faculty and organizing committee did a superb job to ensemble this meeting, which I consider is a great platform to acquire new knowledge, generate relevant research questions, and develop collaborative high-quality research.  

Javier Neyra, MD, MSCS
Assistant Professor
University of Kentucky
 

Making the trek to #KIDNEYcon: medicine resident, Sam Kant reflects

Being enamored by all facets pertaining to the Nephron I decided to trek up to Little Rock and discovered a forum like no other. 

Not only did it cater to the future nephrologist in me, but also the current internal medicine resident. Unique hands on workshops such as 'Ultrasound assessment of intravascular volume' (which also included an introduction to cardiac and chest ultrasound) to talks such as 'Hepatorenal syndrome' helped me when I returned to the floors and ICU. And to top it all, you get to interact with the leaders of the field and experience the great city of Little Rock.

With new additions of acid-base/electrolytes, kidney pathology, and communication skills workshops in 2018-  I cannot wait to return. 

KidneyCon exemplifies the fact that work can be play as well. I look forward to seeing you there.

Sam Kant, MD
PGY2 Internal Medicine Resident
University of Maryland 

Dr Sachdeva joins faculty at KIDNEYcon

We are excited to have Dr Bharat Sachdeva join Dr Sharma on the faculty for the Interventional Nephrology workshop at KIDNEYcon. Dr Sachdeva is Associate Professor of Medicine and Fellowship Program Director, Nephrology at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. He completed his internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Internal medicine residency, and Nephrology fellowship at LSUHSC-Shreveport. Dr. Sachdeva has presented at several national and International Interventional Nephrology meetings and chaired the Interventional meeting at National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and American Society of Nephrology (ASN).