#KIDNEYcon Registration is Open

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When- April 6-7, 2018

Where- Little Rock, Arkansas 

Who should attend- Internal Medicine Residents, Pediatric Residents, Adult and Pediatric Fellows, Attending Nephrologists 

Travel Grants- Available to Adult and Pediatric Residents and Fellows (DUE DATE Feb 16th) 


Director- John Arthur, MD, PhD

Professor and Chief of Nephrology
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Co-Director- Shree Sharma, MD


Arkana Laboratories, Little Rock, AR

Education Director- Matthew A. Sparks, MD

Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director

Duke University

KIDNEYcon is an annual conference (this is the 3rd year) designed to provide updates in the latest advances in kidney care in a hands-on collaborative format. A key component of KIDNEYcon’s mission is to build enthusiasm for the field of nephrology among residents and fellows. We also aim to facilitate collaborative research projects among participants of the conference. The conference is a platform for nephrologists and medicine trainees to interact with experts from across the nation and learn about and discuss recent advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease. The conference consists of half day workshops targeted primarily to medicine residents, nephrology fellows and early stage nephrologists and a Saturday scientific and clinical conference with broader applicability.


KIDNEYcon 2018 will feature 7 interactive hands-on workshops

Attendees will be able to attend 2 workshops (one Friday morning and the other Saturday morning) from the list below

  • The Kidney Biopsy Academy 
  • Vascular Ultrasound for Assessment of Volume Status Workshop 
  • Interventional Nephrology Workshop* only Saturday 
  • NephroTalk Communication Skills Workshop 
  • Acid/Base Fluids and Electrolytes Workshop 
  • Kidney Pathology Workshop 
  • Physician Scientist Workshop- How do I get there from here?* only Friday 

The Friday afternoon session will feature the Nephrology Education Summit at the Clinton Library. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the library before the Summit. Five speakers representing a wide range of topics spanning from medical student education to fellow education will be presented. This will be followed by a talk from Jeff Amerine focusing on how others can effectively implement educational initiatives at their own institution using LEAN Canvas model.

Friday afternoon will feature a trainee Jeopardy competition and a keynote address discussing the physician scientist pathway.

The Saturday afternoon session will sessions on AKI and Liver Disease and kidney stones “Rocks Rock Little Rock”

Attendees are invited to stay on Sunday to discuss research collaborations in nephrology.

One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses — Sir William Osler 

Please consider coming to Little Rock. I am really excited about this years conference and our goal is to break the mold of the traditional conference. You will leave KIDNEYcon with more confidence and knowledge.

Matt Sparks

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