6th Annual Vascular Access Symposium

Milwaukee, WI US
October 20, 2016

The End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) population is heterogeneous, including patients with severe comorbidities for whom hemodialysis may not be an appropriate long-term maintenance therapy. The thrust of this year’s meeting will be alternatives to hemodialysis. The patient populations reviewed will range from those considered otherwise healthy and suitable for kidney transplantation to those with a limited life expectancy as a result of advanced age or severe comorbidities.

The major goal of this year’s meeting will be to understand that alternatives to hemodialysis exist and may be better therapeutic options for a given patient. These alternatives include (1) peritoneal dialysis, (2) palliative care and (3) the mechanical implantable biohybrid kidney. Such an overview would not be complete without a discussion of another alternative modality to hemodialysis, namely, prevention.

The heterogeneity of the contemporary ESRD population is not reflected in the current paradigm of ESRD care. Consequently, the care that is delivered may not be beneficial and may be potentially harmful, impractical and associated with excess costs. Providers who deal with the ESRD population should be conversant with all alternatives to hemodialysis.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 4.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

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A $3.00 non-refundable processing fee will be assessed for all registrations. 

Cancellation refunds will be provided at 50% of the original registration fee.

This course is complimentary for Internal Nurses, APPs, Fellows, Residents and Students; however registration is required; for instructions on how to receive your complimentary registration you must contact Heidi Brittnacher at 414-805-9427 or hbrittna@mcw.edu before attempting to register on-line.

Target Audience

Physicians and Allied Health Care Professionals

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe data driven therapies that may prevent or retard progression to renal failure
  2. Understand the role of alternate modes of renal replacement therapy including newer biohybrid devices and peritoneal dialysis
  3. Acquire the skills necessary to accurately perform the One Minute Fistula Check
Additional information


Heidi Brittnacher
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 805-9427
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 4.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/20/2016 - 12:30pm CDT
Event ends: 
10/20/2016 - 5:30pm CDT
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 W. Watertown Plank Road
Kerrigan Auditorium
Milwaukee, WI 53226
United States

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all Medical College of Wisconsin sponsored events. If you require special accommodations in order to attend this event, please contact Heidi Brittnacher at (414) 805-9427 or hbrittna@mcw.edu.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Heidi Brittnacher at (414) 805-9427 or hbrittna@mcw.edu.

Program Director: Allan Roza, MD (Division of Transplant Surgery)

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Available Credit

  • 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 4.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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