Sponsored by NM Kidney Foundation

13th Annual Southwest Nephrology Symposium

Virtual Symposium Available until
February 2023

All proceeds benefitting the NM Kidney Foundation

View the Virtual Symposium
Until February 2023

How to participate?

$40 Fee To Assist Renal Patients

The $40 fee is used for Dental Scholarships for renal patients who have no dental insurance which is used to complete their renal transplant workup.  This is given to any NM patient pursuing transplants at either UNM or Presbyterian transplant.  So far, 7 dental scholarships have been awarded to UNM transplant patients.  Pres has had 3 dental scholarships awarded”.

All proceeds benefitting the NM Kidney foundation

Attendees must submit form electronically to receive the link to view the virtual symposium.

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Virtual Agenda

PPT slides are available after the symposium


We greatly appreciate the paid support that our sponsors/exhibitors have provided for the 2021 symposium:  Kindred Health Care and Velphoro / Fresenius Renal Pharmaceuticals – please attend their presentations during the virtual exhibit hall. 


Virtual Exhibit Hall

nonCE sponsored by Kindred Health Care


Memorial Service

Please email to alicia@renalmed.com names of patients who have passed in 2020.   


Introduction to Dermatology

  • Dr. Azeen Sadeghian - Board certified Dermatologist

Objective: Recall 2 skin manifestations that are more common in renal patients. 


Heavy Metal Nephropathy

  • Dr. Ken Xu – UNM Nephrology
Objective: Review unknown risks and how to prevent or evaluate.


Arteriovenous Access Graft Care

  • Dr. John Marek – UNM Vascular Surgeon

who is a candidate, how it is constructed, usual postop findings of inflammation, how to preserve AVG patency, when to refer back to vascular


Gastroparesis in Diabetes

  • Dr. Ifeoma Achusim RN PharmD MPH

Objective: List 2 treatment options for gastroparesis 


Virtual Exhibit Hall

nonCE sponsored by Velphoro/Fresenius Renal Pharmaceticals 


Nonadherence to treatment – what have we learned

  • Dr. William Polonsky and presented with permission by Leslie Dork CNP- Renal Medicine Associates

Objective: Discuss one rationale for nonaherence to treatment and how to improve adherence.


How to grieve healthy when we lose a patient or loved one

  • Dr. Dale Erickson – Renal Medicine Associates Nephrology

Objective:  Define healthy grieving and one way to help achieve this. 


Pruritus and Anemia – what is new

  • Dr Jayant Kumar - Renal Medicine Associates Nephrology

Objective: List 2 new findings in pruritus or anemia treatment. 


Peripheral Arterial Disease

  • Dr. Eric Depopas – El Camino and XRAM Interventional Radiologist

Objective:  Recall how to assess for PAD and when to refer. 


Evaluation and CE

Thank you for participating.

Media Gallery

Highlights of our last Symposium

Important Information

Disclosures for the Virtual Symposium

Foundation acknowledges the support of  the Chronic Disease Prevention Council:  Prepared CE for SW, CHW; Zoom Webinar mentorship Disclosures for the virtual symposium: This activity has been submitted to the New Mexico Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The New Mexico Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. CE has also been submitted for Social Workers, Community Health Workers and Dietitians.   

Virtual attendees must register, sign in and attend the entire conference, and submit evaluation to be awarded continuing education credits.  There will be no partially awarded CEs.  The certificate will be available online after the symposium after the evaluation is received. 

The Learning Outcome: The learner is expected to relate or apply new ideas into their work setting to help solve a patient or work setting problem; by using knowledge gained from this webinar.   

The PowerPoint presentations will be posted on the NMKidney.org website. We are pursuing this webinar as an enduring CE program from February 2021 – 2022.  A link will be sent to your email after you register which will be used to attend the virtual seminar and blank evaluation.  So please print your email address very clearly.   

Nephrology Symposium

Organization Committee

  • DNP Beth Evans ( Renal Medicine Associates)
  • DNP Leslie Dork  ( Renal Medicine Associates)
  • NP   Alicia Bruno  ( Renal Medicine Associates)
  • NP   Liza Lucero  ( Renal Medicine Associates)
  • NP   Lan Nguyen ( UNM nephrology section  and  Renal Medicine Associates)
  • NP   Stephanie Mahooty ( Renal Medicine Associates)
  • NP   Nicole Pacheco  ( Renal Medicine Associates)
  • PA   Sandra Geubelle ( Renal Medicine Associates)

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