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Pharmacist Program


This year’s program offers expert insight into cutting-edge topics specifically designed for practicing pharmacists and student pharmacists.  Presentations will align the latest evidence with best practices for direct application to care of the patient with chronic kidney disease to improve medication-related outcomes.

Pre-conference Courses

Drug Dosing: This new interactive course includes nationally recognized speakers who will distill current drug dosing controversies into pragmatic recommendations for application to your daily practice.

Hypertension: This new course is offered in collaboration with the American Society of Hypertension.  Topics feature a review of home versus office blood pressure assessments, secondary hypertension, and approaches to management.  The course will also cover clinical cases in an interactive format, including clinical challenges faced when caring for patients with hypertension, including in pregnancy, orthostasis, hypertensive crises, and the elderly.

Critical Care Nephrology: This course is designed for the critical care practitioner and will offer advanced topic coverage to advance clinicians knowledge of identification, management and treatment of electrolyte and acid base conditions in the critical care setting, medications commonly used in the critical care setting and pharmacologic, renal dosing and nephrotoxic implications, how to recognize shock and define the red flag labs and tests in the treatment of systemic shock and management of the uncontrolled diabetic in the ICU setting.

General Sessions

Integrating New Approaches to Blood Pressure Control: Topics will cover nuances of antihypertensive management in special populations, how to strategically manage difficult and resistant cases of hypertension and new tools to sophisticate blood pressure management such as optimal devices for measurement and timing of medications.

Diabetes and CKD: Topics include new insights into the predictors of progression and integration of new metrics for monitoring the patient with diabetic kidney disease. Updates on pharmacologic considerations for use of oral hypoglycemics in CKD will offer insight into appropriate use of these medications to optimize outcomes.

Improving Medication Safety and Outcomes: This session will delve into how to use literacy assessment to improve medication adherence and safety, how to identify and teach patients about important factors leading to adherence issues such as depression and issues with complementary medicine in the nephrology setting.

Hot Topics: The New Transplant Allocation System; Outpatient Dialysis for AKI, APOL1, ESCOs and Accountable Care; Hepatitis C and CKD; 8 Glasses of Water per Day?

Lunch Workshops

Largely case-based and highly relevant to clinical practice, topics include anemia management, immunizations in the CKD patient, hypertension, electrolytes management, complement associated kidney diseases, social media, dialysis techniques, communication skills, calciphylaxis, and implications of oncology treatment on the kidney.