NephroTalk: Learn & Practice Advanced Communication Skills

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NephroTalk is an annual 3-day course for nephrology fellows modeled on the VitalTalk courses. NephroTalk has been published and led to improved communication skills after training. The course is designed for nephrology fellows to achieve core competencies in palliative care communication skills.

Fellows will learn and practice advanced communication skills with simulated patients and receive coaching from expert faculty. Communication topics include:

  • Discussing serious news
  • Responding to strong emotion
  • Addressing conflict
  • Eliciting goals of care for treatment decisions
  • Discussing dialysis withdrawal and end of life

When: January 14-16, 2019
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Course Director: Jane Schell, MD
Cost: $500 per participant (includes a welcome dinner and breakfast/lunch daily)

Interested?  Email Dr. Jane Schell (

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