Optional Hands-On Workshops

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Vascular Access for Dialysis

Updates and Skills Advancement for Physical and Ultrasound Examination

Dirk M. Hentschel, MD and Adina Voiculescu, MD

Friday • August 14, 2020 2:45pm – 5:30pm

Enrollment is limited so that faculty can provide live, small-group instruction and hands-on experience with patients and ultrasound equipment. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

This special hands-on workshop is led by national leaders in vascular access for dialysis. It provides nephrologists with both updates and direct skills development.

Updates include:

  • An intensive update of state-of-the-art practices for vascular access 
  • Best practices to avoid and to resolve vascular access complications
  • Guidance to lower access-related costs
  • Strategies to lower morbidity and mortality
  • Criteria to optimize clinical decision-making related to diagnosis of access dysfunction, “fistula first, catheter last,” and when to use a graft

Small-group, hands-on instruction affords participants ample opportunity to learn from, practice, and pose questions to Harvard Medical School faculty. Working in groups of no more than five people, interactive instruction is provided with the assistance of patients and ultrasound equipment. Participants will:

  • Explore and gain experience with state-of-the-art techniques for physical exam, auscultation and application of Doppler ultrasound for access flow measurements
  • Get tips to increase proficiency with troubleshooting vascular access concerns reported by staff

Of special note:

  • Hands-on instruction groups will support the needs of both advanced and novice practitioners.
  • Participants will rotate among four stations, each with a different patient, to gain exposure to different pathologies and the opportunity to measure flows in different accesses.
  • Seating for this program is limited.
  • Light refreshments will be provided.
  • This program is hosted on site.
  • To be assured a place in this program, early registration is strongly advised.

 

2020 Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Nephrologists

Skills Advancement for Point-of-Care Ultrasound Examination of Kidneys and Volume Status

Adina Voiculescu, MD, Dirk Hentschel, MD and Leo Riella, MD

Saturday • August 15th, 2020 8:00am – 4:30pm

Enrollment is limited so that faculty can provide live, small-group instruction and hands-on experience with patients and ultrasound equipment. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

This special hands-on workshop is led by national leaders in ultrasound applications in Nephrology. It provides nephrologists with both direct skills development and interpretation of normal and pathological findings.

Learning objectives include:

  • Understanding of basic principles of ultrasound and knowledge of equipment and use
  • How to perform renal ultrasonography of native and transplanted kidneys and the bladder (image acquisition)
  • Interpretation of normal and abnormal findings of the kidney (image interpretation)
  • How to perform an ultrasound of the abdomen to assess volume status, including IVC filling

Small-group, hands-on instruction affords participants ample opportunity to learn from, practice, and pose questions to Harvard Medical School faculty. Working in groups of no more than five people, interactive instruction is provided with the assistance of patients and ultrasound equipment.

Of special note:

  • Hands-on instruction groups will support the needs of both advanced and novice practitioners.
  • Participants will rotate among four stations with high-end ultrasound machines, each with a different patient, to gain exposure to different pathologies and the opportunity to view the kidneys and other structures necessary to determine the volume status.
  • Seating for this program is limited.
  • Light refreshments will be provided.
  • This new program is hosted on site.
  • To be assured a place in this program, early registration is strongly advised.