Practical CKD Knowledge for the Primary Care Clinician
A Case-Based Workshop

Saturday, April 26, 2014 * 7:30am - 1:00pm
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV
Course Directors: Michael J. Choi, MD, FNKF and Bernard Jaar, MD, FNKF

Target Audience: Designed for primary care physicians, internal medicine and family practice residents, fellows, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.


Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Recognize CKD as an urgent public health problem which could be improved by primary care providers
  • Identify patients at risk of kidney disease due to important risk factors such as family history, age, and ethnicity in addition to diabetes and hypertension in a timely manner so that appropriate risk reduction strategies can be implemented as early as possible.
  • Use evidence-based CKD evaluation strategies including use of eGFR and uACR in all high risk patients including those with non-modifiable risk factors to facilitate early identification and staging of CKD
  • Implement an evidence-based CKD stage-specific clinical action plan in patients with CKD to manage complications and common comorbidities of CKD such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, mineral bone disorders, anemia, and electrolyte abnormalities to reduce risk of CKD progression
  • Evaluate individual patient need for consult/referral/co-management with nephrology according to best practice recommendations to increase patient benefit associated with co-management and facilitate CKD stage 4 patient education and preparation for renal replacement therapy

Program Agenda




7:30am - 8:00am

Breakfast and Introductions


8:00am - 8:45am

Primary Care Practitioner Role in Prevention and Risk Management

Chester Fox, MD, FNKF

8:45am - 9:30am

Implementing an Evidence-Based Stage-Specific Clinical Action Plan

Jeffrey Berns, MD, FNKF

9:30am - 10:15am

Managing Complications of CKD

Michelle Estrella, MD

10:15am - 10:30am



10:30am - 11:15am

Medication Safety in CKD

Michael Choi, MD, FNKF

11:15am - 12:00pm

Co-Management and Referral Between Nephrology and Primary Care

Joseph Vassalotti, MD, FNKF

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Renal Replacement Therapy: What the non-nephrologist should know

Bernard Jaar, MD, FNKF

12:45pm - 1:00pm

Wrap-up and Evaluations


Registration Fee: $25
Includes breakfast, course syllabus, and CME/CE credits.


For questions contact Jessica Joseph, Senior Director of Professional Membership Programs at (212) 726-5354 or email


The National Kidney Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The National Kidney Foundation designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program is pending approval with the American Academy of Family Physicians.

This program is pending approval with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.