When: March 18-19, 2021
Cost: The meeting will be ALL virtual with parts of the program catered especially to early career physicians and best of all it is FREE to all trainees who register for RPA which is also FREE!
The Renal Physicians Association (RPA) remains committed to empowering nephrology professionals. The past year has been very challenging for our patients and the entire kidney care team. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s annual meeting was canceled, and this year’s meeting will be virtual. While I was looking forward to catching up with old friends and meeting new people, the format of the 2021 annual meeting will allow for greater participation and increased engagement.
I am excited to announce we are kicking off this year’s meeting with a session on social media, specifically focusing on Twitter for nephrologists, or #NephTwitter. We are also focusing on topics to help early career nephrologists succeed in practice. There will be panels discussing new models of kidney disease care as well as addressing the social determinants of care of our patients.
The Louis Diamond Keynote Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Vivian Lee. Dr. Lee leads Verily Life Sciences’ Health Platforms, and she is the author of The Long Fix: Solving America’s health Care Crisis with Strategies That Work for Everyone. She will discuss what a transition to a value-based system of healthcare delivery could mean for nephrologists, and what individuals can do to become advocates for change.
While there will not be an AAKP Dinner this year, we are honored to welcome Kevin Fowler, a kidney transplant recipient, who will discuss strategies to engage our patients in their care.
The last day of the meeting will include clinical sessions with a special focus on novel therapies for diabetic kidney disease and the role of the nephrologist in caring for this growing patient population. We are thrilled to have Dr. Katherine Tuttle, co-author of the 2020 KDIGO Clinical Practice Guideline for Diabetes Management in CKD, deliver this address.
While we can’t meet in person for a cup of coffee or a cocktail, we have incorporated Live Q&A, Meet the Speakers and virtual Happy Hour sessions. I look forward seeing everyone at #RPA21. So login to Twitter (or sign up if you’re not yet engaged) and help spread the news using the hashtag #RPA21 – and come play #RPABingo for fame and glory!