Transforming Kidney Care and Research
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What is #KIDNEYcon ? and why you should check it out

John Arthur reached out and asked me to get involved with KIDNEYcon last year. I recall seeing a few tweets about the conference in 2016. In fact, I sent a few out myself.

It looked like a great program. Tons of great workshops and lectures. The bonus is that Little Rock, Arkansas is my hometown. I was born there, my family is still there, and I walked the halls of UAMS for 8 solid years as a med student and resident. How could I resist. I jumped on the opportunity and did what I could to give the meeting a boost, not that it needed much help from me. I'm a conference junky. I haven't missed a Kidney Week since 2008 and try to make it to NKF, AHA and whoever else will invite me. First thing you have to realize about John Arthur is that he is open to anything and ultra collaborative. He had a vision for KIDNEYcon but was open to experimenting. The idea is to create an environment that is bursting at the seams with collaboration and innovation. To allow passionate people a chance to interact, build knowledge, and relationships. The foundation for KIDNEYcon are hands-on workshops. We wanted to make sure that these are interactive and allowed for the participants to build important skills. 2018 will see this expand to cover not only procedures but also kidney pathology, acid/base/electrolytes, and even communication skills. The second part of KIDNEYcon is the ability to network, make new friends, and deepen relationships. There are plenty of opportunities to relax and get to know your colleagues from around the world. KIDNEYcon 2017 was a great experience and I would love to give others the opportunity to come to Little Rock for KIDNEYcon 2018. I have always been interested in education. I spend a majority of my time at Kidney Week walking through the education posters or attending the education oral sessions. The education sections are relatively new at Kidney Week and my sense is that interest continues to grow. I am very excited to host the Nephrology Education Summit this year with my good friend and long time education collaborator Kenar Jhaveri next year. This will be a mix of nephrology and non nephrology speakers with the intent to inspire others to begin innovative education projects. Take a few days out of your schedule and come to Little Rock April 6-7 and check it all out. We would love to have you attend.

Matt Sparks
KIDNEYcon Education Director

#KIDNEYcon view from an Internal Medicine Resident

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of KIDNEYcon! I had a blast! KIDNEYcon allowed me to add US guided Kidney Biopsy to my repertoire. That is unique opportunity to be able to have a skill set that is physically applicable. I am so grateful to have had the chance to have dedicated hands on teaching time to learn and perfect a procedure I would have otherwise not learn in residency. My outlook of Nephrology is broadened having learned the different aspects of the field as it relates to everything from interventional radiology to critical care through this conference.

It was an amazing weekend. I have learned more than I had hoped for.

Trinh Nguyen, DO
UTMB Internal Medicine Resident
Galveston, TX
2016 KIDNEYcon attendee

Shree Sharma to lead a hands-on kidney pathology workshop

2018 KIDNEYcon will feature a hands-on pathology workshop. This will be lead by Shree Sharma, co-director of KIDNEYcon and nephropathologist at Arkana labs. This workshop will teach attendees the basics of how to go through kidney pathology cases. Multi-head scopes will be used to go through cases with the help of a seasoned nephropathologist. At the end of the workshop attendees will have confidence in going through cases. This will be a dynamic workshop so sign up early. 

Hands-on interventional nephrology workshop at #KidneyCon

Interventional Nephrology is a growing subspecialty. This is a hands-on course that will allow the participant to gain more familiarity in the maintenance of arteriovenous fistula and graft health. The workshop will only be held on Saturday. The course is taught by Drs. Mukesh Sharma and Michael Gersch of the Arkansas Renal Group in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Dr. Bharat Sachdeva of Louisiana State University and Dr. Ishwinder Sidhu of Dialysis Associates in Fort Worth, Texas.

Joel Topf to lead a hands-on workshop on acid/base, fluids, and electrolytes at #KIDNEYcon

Joel Topf, @kidney_boy, 2017 recipient of the ASN Robert Narins award and author of The Fluid, Electrolyte And Acid-base Companion will lead two half-day workshops focused on diagnosis and treatment of acid/base and electrolyte disorders. Participants will go through cases and learn fundamental skills (and advanced skills) that will solidify and push your current knowledge base. This is a must attend workshop. 

This course will be led by Joel Topf of St. Clair Nephrology, Detroit, MI with support from John Asplin from Litholink, and David Goldfarb from NYU.

Point of care ultrasound workshop for volume status assessment will be featured at #KIDNEYcon

Point of care ultrasound has emerged as a powerful to assess volume status. This hands on workshop at KIDNEYcon has been well received and a popular option for attendees. This course will demonstrate techniques to assess volume. Understand the fundamentals of bedside ultrasound, learn ultrasonographic technique using SonoSim® Ultrasound Training, identify the inferior vena cava from the subcostal view, and perform IVC measurement on standardized patients.

The course will be directed by Drs. John "Terrill" Huggins of MUSC, Nithin Karakala of UAMS, Kenar Jhaveri of Northwell Health, Hofstra, New York, and Nathaniel Reisinger from Penn.

The Kidney Biopsy Academy workshop returns for #KIDNEYcon 2018

One of the most popular workshops of KIDNEYcon is the Kidney Biopsy Academy. 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 Juan Carlos Velez from the Ochsner Clinic and Vandana Niyyar from Emory University.  They are assisted by Shree Sharma from Arkana Laboratories and Manisha Singh, Diane Bricco and Kevin Phelan, all from UAMS.