Transforming Kidney Care and Research




KIDNEYcon 2019

Save the Date:  April 12-14

Agenda Coming August, 2018


KIDNEYcon 2018

KIDNEYcon 2018 will be held in Little Rock, AR on April 6-8. This year, three exciting venues will host the overall conference.  The workshops will be held Friday and Saturday mornings on the campus of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) located at 4301 West Markham Street. The KIDNEYcon Education Summit will be held Friday afternoon in the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center located at 1200 President Clinton Ave.  Friday night's dinner and JEOPARDY! competition, Saturday's clinical conference, and Sunday's research discussion will be held at the Little Rock Marriott located at 3 Statehouse Plaza in Downtown Little Rock. Registration will open January 10, 2018. For questions regarding registration, contact Kelly Bulloch at or call 501-686-7175.

Residents, Students, and Fellows 

Friday Only                $75                

Saturday Only            $75             

Friday & Saturday      $125                


Conference Pricing for Physicians    

Friday Only               $300                

Saturday Only           $300                

Friday & Saturday     $500                           


In support of improving patient care, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

 AMA Designation Statement

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. 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.

 Clinton Presidential Center

Clinton Presidential Center

 The Little Rock Marriott

The Little Rock Marriott


The Friday afternoon portion of the conference will be held at the Clinton Presidential Center, which houses the Clinton Library and gives visitors a first-hand look into the life and work of the 42nd president. The Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday portions of the conference will be held at the Little Rock Marriott.  Conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Little Rock’s River Market District, the hotel is only a few blocks from the Clinton Library, restaurants, boutiques, museums, galleries, and night life.  Amenities include complimentary in-room high speed internet, valet parking, a concession shop, fitness center, business center, Starbucks, and the Heritage Grille Steak and Fin Restaurant.

A limited number of guest rooms have been reserved at the Little Rock Marriott at a reduced rate of $139 per night.  The room block will be held until March 15, 2018; 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, visit the Marriott reservation page or call the hotel directly at #501-906-4000 and provide the discount code "U-N-C."

Travel Grants for Residents and Fellows

UAMS will fund ten conference travel grants for internal medicine or pediatric residents and adult or pediatric nephrology fellows.  Each grant will cover the conference registration costs plus airfare and up to three nights lodging at the Little Rock Marriott, not to exceed $850. 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) “What are some ideas you have to improve nephrology education?”  Applications must be emailed to Kelly Bulloch at by 5 pm on February 16, 2018, 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, including contact information.


A refund will be made upon written request prior to March 5, 2018; however, $100 will be retained for administrative costs. No refunds will be made after March 5. We reserve the right to cancel the program if necessary. Full registration fees will be refunded for cancelled programs. UAMS cannot be responsible for reimbursement of airline or other transportation fares or hotel 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 liver disease and urolithiasis, as well as provide strategies to enhance education and enthusiasm for the field of nephrology at all academic levels. The inclusion of a diverse group of presenters, the use of social media to promote the meeting and as an educational tool, and the hands-on nature of the course seem very likely to appeal to trainees and get them into the field and excited about research. The content for the 2018 KIDNEYcon meeting was carefully selected based upon evaluation feedback from the 2016 and 2017 KIDNEYcon meetings, statistical evidence presented by Arkana Laboratories, and recommendations from several national nephrologists who are considered experts in their respected fields.  KIDNEYcon will include a hands-on workshop that helps physicians understand the pathway to becoming a physician scientist as well as workshops in Kidney Biopsy, Vascular Ultrasound, Interventional Nephrology, Kidney Pathology, Acid/Base Fluids and Electrolytes, and NephroTalk (a patient-centered care workshop that approaches difficult discussions with patients). By incorporating interactive techniques such as the seven workshops listed above, 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. The strategies outlined will lead to improved patient outcomes. This conference also serves as 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 activity, please contact Kelly Bulloch at

Electronic Syllabus

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