Transforming Kidney Care and Research
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John Duronville joins the faculty for the #KIDNEYcon Kidney Biopsy Academy

John Duronville will join the faculty for the KINDEYcon Kidney Biopsy Academy. John is a faculty member at Duke University Medical Center. He has an interest in kidney biopsies and directs the Duke Nephrology Kidney biopsy service. We are excited to have John join the KIDNEYcon faculty. As our conference continues to grow we are delighted to add more individuals passionate about hands-on education. Please welcome John to the team.

Matt Sparks- KIDNEYcon Education Director

#KIDNEYcon Nephrology Education Summit Speakers Announced

2018 will feature the KIDNEYcon Nephrology Education Summit held at the Clinton Library. This program will consist of 5 talks from speakers involved in education at various aspects in nephrology training from medical school, to residency, to fellowship, to private practice. The Summit will conclude with a panel discussion. The intent is to spur interest and disseminate new ideas to enhance nephrology education. We welcome anyone in the nephrology community to participate in the Education Summit whether you are a resident or fellow in training or a seasoned nephrologist. Our idea is that this will be a fertile ground for cross collaboration and innovation. We look forward to seeing you in Little Rock on April 6th.

Matt Sparks
Kenar Jhaveri
Co-Moderators, KIDNEYcon Education Summit

How a KIDNEYcon Workshop was Invented
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KIDNEYcon brings dedicated nephrologists together to discuss recent healthcare advances and practice new procedures. John Arthur pioneered the idea of the conference three years ago and continues to look for new ideas to improve the event each year. So if you liked it a lot last year, expect it to be even better this year! 

Regarding the Kidney Biopsy Academy (KBA) workshop, the idea took roots and grew when multiple pieces of the puzzle addressing kidney biopsy came together. During one of John and I’s many conversations regarding the state of education in this area, I happened to mention a particular problem we kept seeing in practice. We were receiving multiple inadequate kidney biopsies and the rate of inadequacy varied from hospital to hospital. This made John think the issue had to do with training and the number of biopsies done by the people performing the procedure. The lack of available training in this area inspired us to teach the proper procedure, to as many physicians as possible.

The KBA is a classic example of John's vision for the conference, which is bringing ideas to fruition through multidisciplinary collaboration. I had seen lightly embalmed cadavers at UAMS during a teaching session in anatomy. Serendipity had it that I was also working with Stephen Bonsib and Pat Walker on designing a teaching model for the anatomy of accessing the kidney from the posterior side, which makes accessing the kidney easier for physicians doing biopsies. A team of physicians from multiple institutions worked together to plan and refine the KBA workshop curriculum: Kevin Phelan (UAMS) helped dissect the cadavers and managed the anatomy facility; Stephen (Arkana Labs) hand-drew the image of the body as we needed, as no such drawings were available for reference at that time; Manisha Singh (UAMS) developed the handouts; Nithin Karakala (UAMS) arranged the ultrasound machines; Diane Bricco (UAMS) incorporated interventional radiology; Vandana Niyyar (Emory) and Juan Carlos Velez (Ochsner Clinic) conducted the workshop and created evaluation tools; and Kelly Bulloch (UAMS) helped us coordinate everything.

The Kidney Biopsy workshop and KIDNEYcon give me an opportunity to interact with fellows, residents and anyone interested in learning more about the kidney. In 2018, KIDNEYcon will offer several new workshops, including one dedicated to Kidney Pathology. We look forward to seeing you April 6-7 in Little Rock. We promise your time here will be both educational and fun!

Shree Sharma, MD, FASN
KIDNEYcon Co-Director
Nephropathologist, Arkana Laboratories

John Arthur
#KIDNEYcon A Planner's Point of View

KIDNEYcon is so much more than a CE meeting, it is an experience.  The passionate group of doctors involved truly strive to make the conference outperform itself each year.  When Dr. Arthur asked me to help him plan the inaugural KIDNEYcon, I initially thought it would be a cinch.  I even worried that putting on an annual meeting would get monotonous, and lack opportunities for growth.  Looking back, I clearly (and thankfully) didn’t know what I was getting myself into.  I accepted the position and immediately wandered into a world of firsts for me:  my first time to partner with the anatomy lab and secure human cadavers, including jumping through legal hoops as the first person to seek permission for non-UAMS students/staff to work with them; first time to work with standardized patients trained in our simulation center; first time helping design a website and creating marketing materials; and my first time to be responsible for securing annual financing for a large conference.  Each year as the meeting grows, I have come to expect crazy outlandish requests from the planning committee, and can frequently be heard trying to talk Dr. Arthur out of many of them for the sake of staying within our budget.  Fortunately, he doesn’t often listen to me.  Dr. Karakala and I joke about the best method to break news to me regarding their latest great (and often expensive and logistically tough to plan) ideas.  I try not to complain too much because I like a challenge, and these difficult to implement ideas are the real reason everyone loves KIDNEYcon.  We test the limits and do things that no one else does.  Among other things, we bring in real patients, offer numerous specialized workshops, and fly in dozens of expert presenters from around the world.  We work really hard to make the meeting a hands-on experience where attendees can learn in realistic practice conditions.  It makes the meeting fun and unique.  It fosters excitement and enthusiasm among attendees young and old, and it generates an atmosphere of collaboration and camaraderie.  Even though it takes an enormous amount of planning, we think this experience stays with attendees and their new knowledge is what we are all about.

Kelly Bulloch, JD,  KIDNEYcon Program Manager