5th Annual KIDNEYcon 2020 Program Announced & Travel Grants Available for Trainees

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What: KIDNEYcon 2020 (www.kidneycon.org)

When: April 16-19, 2020

Where: Little Rock, Arkansas

Who Should Attend: Internal Medicine Residents, Pediatric Residents, Adult and Pediatric Nephrology Fellows, Attending Nephrologists 

Travel Grants: Available for Adult and Pediatric Residents and Nephrology Fellows (Deadline to apply: February 1st )

KIDNEYcon is an annual conference (started in 2016) 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 trainees to interact with experts from across the nation and learn about and discuss recent advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease.

KIDNEYcon consists of half day workshops targeted primarily to medicine residents, nephrology fellows and early stage nephrologists and a scientific and clinical conference with broader applicability. KIDNEYcon is the official meeting of the Nephrology Social Media Collective (NSMC).

Thursday: Symposium on AKI Management in Critically Ill

Thursday Afternoon Cooking @ KIDNEYcon

Friday Day Symposia

Friday Evening Program

Saturday Workshops

Attendees will be able to attend 2 workshops (one Saturday morning and the other Saturday afternoon) from the list of 6 below

  1. The Kidney Biopsy Academy 
  2. Vascular Ultrasound for Assessment of Volume Status (POCUS)
  3. Acid/Base Fluids and Electrolytes Workshop  
  4. Kidney Pathology Workshop
  5. Urine Microscopy Workshop
  6. Mini- NBLUniv (Nephrology Business and Leadership University)

Saturday Evening Party

The annual party at Dr. John Arthur’s house is a perfect way to cap the event. Food is delicious sand features hand made meatballs (and vegetarian as well), will martinis, and mentoring. The annual M3 event is always a blast.

Sunday Research Collaborative Meeting

Sunday morning will consist of a collaborative meeting of KIDNEYcon attendees to help foster research projects between institutions and individuals. All are invited to attend.

From the KIDNEYcon Directors

We look forward to seeing you at KIDNEYcon 2020. We have a great program that is sure to be exciting. See you in Little Rock.

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
Durham, NC

Director of Mentoring and Trainee Engagement: Samira Farouk, MD, MS
Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY

COI-: Matt Sparks, Samira Farouk are on the executive leadership team for the Nephrology Social Media Collective (NSMC). Matt Sparks is a board member of NephJC/NSMC. These are all voluntary positions.


  1. Great! I’m already excited with the arrays of program of events. I hope to participate as this conference will no doubt improve the quality of my training as a nephrology resident, exposure to new advancements in renal medicine and research

  2. This will be a great event for me to update my knowledge in kidney care and also to interact with expert in the field of renal medicine.
    I hope to participate and use the event to establish collaboration in research.

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