General Information

General Information

For over 30 years, nephrology healthcare professionals from across the country have come to Spring Clinical Meetings to learn about the newest developments related to all aspects of nephrology practice, network with colleagues, and present their research findings.

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man and woman posing with NKF swag bags at a past spring clinical event

What is SCM?

An important objective of SCM is to present the latest insights into chronic kidney disease care. Participants will learn about new and evolving concepts related to kidney disease through a carefully designed combination of interesting courses, practical workshops, thought-provoking symposia and insightful debates incorporating the latest developments in clinical nephrology.

Future SCM Dates

SCM23

April 11-15, 2023

Austin, TX

SCM24

May 14–18, 2024
Long Beach, CA

SCM25

April 9–13, 2025
Boston, MA

SCM26

May 6-10, 2026

New Orleans, LA

Continuing Education

Continuing Education

The mission of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Continuing Medical Education Program is to provide education for academic as well as private practitioners in nephrology and other specialties/disciplines impacted by kidney disease.
 
 
Visit our Professional Education Resource Center to view more continuing education program opportunities.

General Meeting FAQ

What are the dates of SCM22?

SCM22 will take place April 6-10, 2022 in Boston, MA. SCM On-Demand will be available with on-demand recorded content through June 15, 2022.

Is there a mobile app available for SCM22?

Download the app in the App Store or Google Play, or search "NKF SCM 22" in the app store to access SCM22.

What are the on-site registration hours?

Tuesday                              3:00pm – 8:00pm            

Wednesday                        6:30am - 7:30pm

Thursday                             5:30am – 6:00pm

Friday                                   7:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday                              7:00am – 5:00pm                            

Sunday                                 7:00am – 12:00pm (information only)

What is included in SCM On-Demand Only Registration?

SCM On-Demand features access to recordings of all SCM22 general sessions and corporate symposia, to be available 48 hours after the live presentation has occurred. SCM On-Demand will also feature exclusive content not available during the live meeting, and access to the virtual poster gallery. SCM On-Demand is available through June 15, 2022. In-Person event attendance, pre-conference courses, workshops, and networking events are not included in the SCM On-Demand Access Only registration option.

Can I access SCM22 sessions after the conference?

Most SCM22 content will be available within 48 hours of the completion of the live session and available on-demand until June 15, 2022. Pre-conference courses and workshops will not be available on-demand. All registered attendees will receive credit for attending the live conference sessions April 6-10 or viewing sessions on-demand.

What internet browser should I be using to access the on demand sessions?

The meeting platform works best on Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer is not supported.

Are there handouts available for the sessions?

Presentations are available within each session in CaseHippo and through the SCM mobile app (based on approval from the speakers). When attending a session, handouts can be found within the attachments tab on the right side of your screen.

Can I attend any session that I want?

You are welcome to attend any session on any program track, however sessions not listed on your program track are not approved through your disciplines’ accrediting agency.

How can I tell if a session is accredited to my discipline?

Sessions available for CE/CME are tagged with a green designation on the conference program. When viewing the session information, you can view the amount of credits/contact hours available, as well as the relevant program tracks.

How do I complete my evaluations?

Evaluations are available this year within CaseHippo and the SCM22 mobile app. Each session evaluation becomes available when the session is live and can be completed by clicking the "eval" button.

 

NEW THIS YEAR! Select the heart icon within a session to "favorite" and add to your itinerary for easy access to session evaluations during and after the meeting.

How do I track my credits and get my certificate?

Criteria for successful completion includes attendance at one or more sessions, which will automatically be verified within the conference platform, and completing the session evaluation. Partial credits/contact hours will be awarded based on the number of sessions attended. Certificates will be available after the conclusion of the conference (on April 10) through the virtual meeting platform. You can view track your attendance and credits by logging into CaseHippo and selecting the “Certificates” tab.

I submitted an abstract by the November 30th deadline. When will I receive my abstract decision?

The abstract process is closed and complete for SCM22. We encourage you to look out for the announcement for abstract submission for SCM23 in Fall 2022. 

What ground transportation options are available?

Ground transportation options can be found here.

Are any meals included with my in-person registration?

In-Person Registration includes:

  • 2 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 2 networking receptions.

COVID-19 Policy and Procedure FAQ

Is SCM22 taking place live?

Yes, SCM22 in Boston, MA is proceeding as a live event, with the expectation that all individuals will do their part to contribute to a safe environment. For attendees who do not wish to attend live, there is an on-demand option.

Is there a COVID-19 vaccination requirement at SCM22?

All in-person event attendees must be fully vaccinated by March 18, 2022, or receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to attending Spring Clinical Meetings. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID test. Rapid tests do not qualify. NKF can only recognize vaccines that are fully-approved or authorized for use during a public health emergency by the US Food and Drug Administration's Emergency Use Authorization or by the World Health Organization's Emergency Use Listing. We will be verifying vaccinations through the Healthpass by Clear. 

 

Per CDC definition, “Fully vaccinated” means a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines. COVID-19 boosters are not required to attend the Spring Clinical Meetings.

How do I provide verification of my COVID-19 vaccination or negative test for on-site attendance?

NKF is partnering with Event Farm and the CLEAR app to verify COVID-19 vaccinations and testing.

 

NKF will be using Health Pass by CLEAR, which provides a secure, digital proof of COVID-related health insights via the free CLEAR mobile app. Complete your health screening with Health Pass by CLEAR ahead of time for expedited check-in and entry! 

Download and enroll here.

 

For the most efficient entry possible, every attendee should enroll with CLEAR before the event to complete their COVID-19 pre-screening. Once your vaccination record or negative test has been uploaded to the platform, it can typically take up to 30 minutes for your status to be verified. We encourage all attendees to complete this process at least 24 hours before the event.

 

Step 1: Download and enroll in CLEAR

1. Download the CLEAR app and tap on the white Health Pass tile. 
a. Select “Have a Code?” and enter the code EFATTENDEE42

 

2. Tap “Enroll or verify you’re in CLEAR” to create your CLEAR member account 
a. New to CLEAR? When prompted, enter your email address, phone number, and have your gov’t issued photo ID ready to complete enrollment
b. Already a CLEAR member? Use the email address associated with your membership and snap a quick selfie to verify your identity

 

3. Continue to follow prompts on the Entry Requirements page to securely confirm your proof of vaccination or negative test results
 

Step 2: Before arriving to the event, complete your Health Pass for faster entry at check-in

1. Open the CLEAR app and tap on the white Your Pass tile
2. Confirm your identity with a quick selfie
3. Tap “Open Health Pass” to get your result. Green means you’re good to go!
 

Need further information? Access the FAQ document here. 

 

Will masks and social distancing be required?

Well fitting and properly worn face coverings are encouraged to be worn indoors at the Conference at all times except when actively eating or drinking or presenting at a safe distance from other speakers and the audience. While masks are not required, we encourage attendees to be mindful of all SCM attendees and speakers, which include patients and immunocompromised individuals.

What are the cleaning protocols at the Hynes Convention Center?

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and the Convention Center’s cleaning services partners are adhering to cleaning guidelines set forth by the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. They have the latest in cleaning technology, including electrostatic sprayers and EPA-certified, hospital-grade disinfectants that disinfect surfaces in 60 seconds.

Does the Hynes Convention Center have adequate ventilation?

Yes, it has hospital-grade ventilation systems.
 
The Hynes Convention Center has the ability to improve airflow through the use of its robust HVAC system capabilities. The ventilation system at the Hynes was converted to a Merv 13 filtration.
 
Hynes Convention Center follows the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for HVAC usage, including:
  • Increasing air exchanges to maximum mechanical capabilities
  • Maximizing outside air supply through units
  • Increasing exhaust air to the atmosphere
  • Utilizing the highest rated Merv Factor Filter
  • Extending hours of operations to garner increased volumes

What other social distancing safety measures will be in place?

To further keep our attendees safe, we are happy to have Social Bands available for all attendees. We hope this will make attendees feel more comfortable by providing a way to silently communicate your distancing preferences. The bands incorporate a red, yellow, and green-light color scheme, with red indicating “no contact”, yellow meaning “elbows only” and the green inviting “high fives and handshakes".


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What COVID-19 testing options are available near the Boston Hynes convention Center?

Sameday Testing  344 Newbury St, Boston, MA, 02115

 

Fenway Health 1340 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

 

Whittier Street Health Center 1290 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA 02120

 

Boston Medical Center 801 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118

 

Tufts Medical Center’s COVID-19 Testing Site 276 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

 

AllClear Healthcare - Boston  3 Center Plz, Suite 101, Boston, MA 02108

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Contact Information

National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings
30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016

Phone: 212-889-2210

Fax: 212-689-9261

E-mail: clinicalmeetings@kidney.org

 

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Inquiries
Stephanie Cogan, Vice President, Corporate Relations, Constituent Programs

30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016

Phone: 800-622-9010 or 212-889-2210x166

E-mail: stephaniec@kidney.org