The National Kidney Foundation’s 2017 Spring Clinical Meetings offer a unique opportunity for all disciplines­–advanced practitioners (APs), physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dietitians, technicians, and social workers–to meet in one place at the same time. Kidney disease patients are complicated and they often need a village to care for them; bringing together all disciplines allows for interchange of ideas and experiences.

The Advanced Practitioner program at SCMl 7 will provide attendees with the latest information and updates on relevant practice guidelines, as well as tools to directly impact management of the nephrology patient along the continuum of kidney disease.

Pre-conference courses will be held on Tuesday, April 18. Brought back by popular demand is the Critical Care and Nephrology course. It will offer insight into patients who are critically ill and the impact this has on kidney disease. Morning topics include management of decompensated congestive heart failure and cardiogenic shock; acute kidney injury in the ICU, an update on pulmonary renal syndrome, as well as a discussion on immunological and infectious complications. The afternoon will cover areas such as nutrition in the ICU, key aspects of renal replacement therapy in the critically ill patient, updates in trauma resuscitation and massive hemorrhage, hepa-to-renal syndrome and fluid and electrolyte disorders in the ICU.

New this year is a half-day course on new and emerging advances in chronic kidney disease. This exciting session will not only cover ground-breaking advances (such as telemedicine) but will also delve into how to best manage CKD patients in various stages of their gender reassignment process. This session will also feature a talk on the renal impact of patients who use “recreational” and herbal remedies. It is sure to offer a unique and timely look into issues pertaining to CKD.

Another new addition is a presentation entitled, “Update of Evidence-Based Patient Care in CKD and ESRD Management:’ This half-day course will provide the advanced practitioner with updated fundamental tools that are useful for practice in the CKD clinic.

The general program (starting on Wednesday, April 19) is full of new and exciting topics sure to peak the attendee’s interest. Learn about how medical apps (geared toward medical professionals) can enhance your knowledge, coordination of patient information and delivery of care in the CKD setting. This session will also feature a speaker who is a dialysis patient who will discuss how he uses apps to manage his health.

Acute kidney injury in the outpatient setting and with the older adult will be covered as well. Other exciting topics include calciphylaxis, bone and mineral management, neph­ rolithiasis, renal artery stenosis, renal cell carcinoma, an overview of adrenal gland disorders, rheumatology, hepatitis A, B, C, ophthalmic issues in nephrology, care of the pregnant renal patient, and recognizing renal disorders in children. This is destined to be a great program for APs of alllevels.

On Thursday, April 20, join colleagues at the Council of Advanced Practitioners Networking Luncheon (for all APs-members or not) for networking, news and updates, and lunch.