Transforming Kidney Care and Research



KIDNEYcon 2017

KIDNEYcon 2017 will be held in Little Rock, AR on April 7-8, 2017. The workshops will be held on the campus of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) located at 4301 West Markham Street. Clinical meetings will be held at the newly renovated Robinson Center at 426 West Markham Street in Downtown Little Rock. Please register for the conference via the registration link below.  For questions regarding registration, contact Courtney Bryant at or call 501-661-7962. For all other questions, contact Kelly Bulloch at or call 501-686-7175.

Residents, Students, and Fellows 

Registration is complimentary with a letter from your department director confirming you are enrolled in an academic program. Trainees must still register for the conference online, and letters must be sent to Kelly Bulloch no later than March 3, 2017. The 2017 fellows in-training exam dates are April 5-7.  Fellows attending KIDNEYcon should schedule their exam on April 5 to avoid a conflict.        

Conference Pricing                          Physicians    

Friday Workshops and Dinner Only       $300                

Saturday Conference Only                    $300                

Friday and Saturday Events                  $500                           


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This live activity has been certified for a maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Essentials Standards, anyone involved in planning or presenting at this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in the healthcare industry. This information will be made available to participants at the beginning of the activity. Speakers who incorporate information about off-label or investigational use of drugs or devices will be asked to disclose that information at the beginning of their presentation.

Robinson Center

Robinson Center

The Doubletree by Hilton

The Doubletree by Hilton


The Friday evening and Saturday portion of the conference will be held at the Robinson Center, a historic facility featuring a new conference center overlooking the Arkansas River.  The Robinson Center is physically connected to the newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.  Conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Little Rock’s River Market District, the hotel is only a few blocks from the President Clinton Library, restaurants, boutiques, museums, galleries, and night life.  Amenities include complimentary in-room high speed internet, valet parking, a concession shop, a 24-hour full service business center, the Plaza Grille, and the Plaza Bar. 

A limited number of guest rooms have been reserved at the DoubleTree at a reduced rate of $91.00 per night.  The room block will be held until March 17, 2017; however, it may be filled prior to this date.  To ensure availability and the discounted rate, we recommend booking your room as soon as possible.  For reservations, call the hotel directly at #501-372-4371 or toll free #800-222-8733, and use the reservation code “U-K-C.”

Travel Grants for Residents and Fellows

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will fund nine conference travel grants for internal medicine or pediatric residents and adult or pediatric nephrology fellows.  Each grant will cover airfare and up to three nights lodging at the DoubleTree Hotel, not to exceed $650. Residents must submit a paragraph about “why you are interested in nephrology and why you should receive this travel grant.” Nephrology fellows should write a paragraph describing either 1) “the most interesting/challenging case you have seen in fellowship and how it has changed the way you practice nephrology,” or 2) “the ethics of dialysis decisions related to DNR.”  Applications must be emailed to Kelly Bulloch at by 5 pm on February 17, 2017, and should be typed, single spaced, using 11 pt. font, and not to exceed 1 page in length. Applicants should attach a copy of their CV, as well as a cover page with contact information.


A refund will be made upon written request prior to March 3, 2017; however, $100 will be retained for administrative costs. No refunds will be made after March 3, 2017. We reserve the right to cancel the program if necessary. Full registration fees will be refunded for cancelled programs. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences cannot be responsible for reimbursement of airline or other transportation fares, hotel or rental car charges, including penalties.

STATEMENT of NEED and course description

The educational content of KIDNEYcon is relevant to adult and pediatric nephrologists, transplant surgeons, and primary care practitioners including internal medicine, pediatric, and family physicians, as well as medical residents and fellows in training.  The conference will provide participants with the tools to correctly identify and determine optimal prevention and treatment of patients with acute kidney injury and glomerular diseases.  The content for the 2017 KIDNEYcon meeting was carefully selected based upon evaluation feedback from the 2016 KIDNEYcon meeting, statistical evidence presented by Arkana Laboratories regarding renal biopsy results, and recommendations from several national nephrologists who are considered experts in their respected fields.  The conference will include hands-on workshops in Kidney Biopsy, Vascular Ultrasound, Interventional Nephrology, and Social Media and Nephrology, as well as provide strategies to deal with complex problems such as renal pathology, the management of patients with Fabry’s Disease, and new treatment options in Hepatorenal Syndrome and FSGS.  The strategies outlined will lead to improved patient outcomes.  By incorporating interactive techniques such as the four workshops listed above, audience response system, case-based discussion, and Q&A with the expert panel, attendees will be able to closely engage with faculty for a more effective delivery of guidelines for problem solving strategies that can be directly implemented in their practice.  Many advances in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases have been made recently, and this conference will provide updates in areas that are highly relevant to the daily practice of physicians who treat patients with kidney disease. This conference will also become a platform for sharing ideas and facilitating collaborative multi-center research projects among academic and community based nephrologists.   

Americans with Disabilities Act

It is the policy of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences not to discriminate against any person on the basis of disability. If you feel you need services or the auxiliary aids mentioned in this act in order to fully participate in this CME activity, please contact Kelly Bulloch at

Electronic Syllabus

We're going green!  In our efforts to "go green," the syllabus will be available online.