A Patient for Every Kidney: Optimizing Opportunities and Outcomes in Kidney Transplantation

A Patient for Every Kidney: Optimizing Opportunities and Outcomes in Kidney Transplantation

A series of Live Grand Rounds Presentations

Welcome to "A Patient for Every Kidney: Optimizing Opportunities and Outcomes in Kidney Transplantation." This CME-certified initiative is intended for all members of the health care team who provide care for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), including internal medicine physicians and nephrologists and members of the transplant team (transplant physicians and surgeons, nurses, nurse coordinators, social workers, and pharmacists). A series of live CME/CE-certified in-hospital presentations will be held at locations nationwide in 2016.

Program Description:

In most cases of organ failure, transplantation is the treatment of last resort. However, for patients with ESRD, kidney transplant is considered the definitive treatment; the benefits of transplant are seen even in older ESRD patients who have multiple comorbidities. There is a critical need to provide educational interventions that focus on increasing the numbers of people with ESRD who are successfully matched with a donor kidney. New data regarding strategies to identify appropriate transplant candidates – even among high-risk patients – are emerging. New data are also characterizing the health and cost benefits of transplant with expanded-criteria kidneys and donation-after-cardiac-death kidneys.

A Patient for Every Kidney is an important new grand rounds program that will help clinicians improve long-term survival for kidney transplant patients using new agents and formulations that allow for individualized maintenance.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Describe evidence supporting increased use of higher KDPI kidneys and optimizing allocation of donor kidneys
  • Apply current evidence regarding strategies to individualize and optimize immunosuppressive therapy to prevent chronic rejection and minimize immunosuppressant-associated toxicity
  • Identify patients at risk for non-adherence and implement strategies to maximize adherence in patients undergoing kidney transplant

Accreditation Statements:

Physicians – This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Potomac Center for Medical Education and Rockpointe. The Potomac Center for Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Nurses – Global Education Group is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.

For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact Global at 303-395-1782 or inquire@globaleducationgroup.com.

Designation Statements:

Physicians - The Potomac Center for Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses - This educational activity for 1.0 contact hour is provided by Global Education Group. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.