Below is a full list of CME/CE activities offered by the National Kidney Foundation.  The majority of these activities are hosted within PERC and utilize your PERC login information; however, some of these activities are hosted elsewhere.  Each activity hosted outside of PERC requires you to log in as a new participant.


Substance Abuse: A 2015 Primer

This continuing education activity is designed to help nephrology social workers detect and assess substance abuse in patients with chronic kidney disease or kidney failure. The new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders will be explained and reviewed.  Participants will learn about the different classes of abused substances and their physiological and psychological impact on this population, with a special emphasis on the newer substances of abuse.  Screening and assessment tools to help determine an appropriate intervention and treatment plan will be presented.

Target audience: Social Workers
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Jane Kwatcher, MSW, LCSW; Mathais Stricherz, EdD
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: Aug 25, 2016
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Are Electrolytes Really Important?

This activity will address maintenance of sodium balance during fluid removal in dialysis treatments. Treatment strategies for addressing imbalances of sodium and other electrolytes as well as associated pathologies will also be discussed.

Target Audience: Nurses and Dialysis Technicians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Jeff Giullian, MD, MBA
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: Aug 25, 2016
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Dialysis Access: A Fragile Lifeline

This activity will address the tale of the neglected aneurysm, the pros and cons of forearm arteriovenous graft (AVG) before upper arm arteriovenous fistula (AVF), and the pros and cons of buttonhole cannulation.  

Target audience: Physicians, Nurses, and Dialysis Technicians
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Michael Allon, MD; Charmaine Lok, MD, MSc, FNKF; Tushar Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: Aug 25, 2016
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Connecting Hospice, Dialysis, and Healthcare Reform

The goal of this program is to encourage the early incorporation of hospice and palliative care discussions in care planning, and to underscore the need for, and benefits of, closer collaboration between hospices and dialysis clinics in the context of healthcare reform.

Target audience: Social Workers
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Carlos T. Gravern
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members
Available through: Aug 25, 2016
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The Potassium Challenge in CKD: Managing Acute & Chronic Hyperkalemia (A Knowledge-Based Program)

This CME/CE Activity focuses on the pathophysiologic consequences of hyperkalemia, the limitations of current therapeutic strategies, and the risks associated with suboptimal dosing or discontinuation of RAAS therapy as a result of persistent hyperkalemia.

Target audience: Physicians, Family Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dietitians, and Pharmacists
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Robert D. Toto, MD; Peter McCullough, MD, MPH, FNKF; Kamyar Kalantar-Zedeh, MD, MPH, PhD
Cost: Free for members and non-members
Available through: Jun 26, 2017
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Getting Ahead of Metabolic and Mineral Disturbances in the Management of CKD-MBD: A Focus on Management Strategies

This activity will review the pathophysiology of mineral and bone disorder in chronic kidney disease (CKD-MBD), as well as its relationship to cardiovascular risk and other comorbidities.  Current and emerging strategies to proactively manage CKD-MBD will be explored.

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dietitians, and Pharmacists
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Kathleen Hill Gallant, PhD, RD; Ellie Kelepouris, MD, FAHA; Rajnish Mehrotra, MD, FNKF
Cost: Free for members and non-members
Available through: Jun 25, 2016
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Pathogenesis and Management of Nephrotic Syndrome in Primary Podocytopathies (A knowledge-based program)

This CME/CE Activity will address the ongoing medical problem of nephrotic syndrome, including the management of proteinuria. Content will review the pathogenesis and etiologies of nephrotic syndrome. Evaluation, management strategies, and treatment options will also be addressed.

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dietitians, and Pharmacists
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Laurence Beck, MD, PhD, Brad Rovin, MD, Fernando Fervenza, MD, PhD
Cost: Free for members and non-members
Available through: Jun 26, 2017
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Challenges in Lipid Management: Addressing the High-Risk Patient and the Potential for Novel Therapies (A Knowledge-based Program)

This CME/CE Activity will address clinical gaps and barriers to optimal lipid management, and how to manage high-risk patients. An overview of research on novel therapies, such as PCSK9 inhibitors, will also be discussed. This activity will include online slide presentations with 3-D animated simulation segments to actively educate and engage participants.

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dietitians, and Pharmacists
Approved for: 1.0 **
Faculty: Martin Quan, MD, Karol E. Watson, MD, PhD, Christie M. Ballantyne, MD
Cost: Free for members and non-members
Available through: Feb 27, 2017
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NKF Kidney Talks Video Series

This CME/CE NKF Kidney Talks Learning Activity enables the participant to learn from renowned speakers through short, visually engaging animated presentations. This program is comprised of three stand-alone video presentations that inform clinicians of current science about treating proteinuria as it relates to membranous nephropathy.

Membranous Nephropathy: New Insights Regarding Pathogenesis
Membranous Nephropathy: New Insights Regarding Diagnosis
Membranous Nephropathy: New Insights Regarding Treatment

Target audience: Physicians, Family Physicians, and Nurse Practitioners 
Approved for: Each course is approved for .25 **
Faculty: Laurence H. Beck, Jr., MD, PhD; Fernando C. Fervenza, MD, PhD
Cost: Free for members and non-members
Available through: Aug 15, 2016


Heart-Kidney Interaction & the Role of Vasopressin and Hyponatremia in Heart Failure

This program will address the common medical problem of hyponatremia in heart failure (HF), and its clinical management in the presence of kidney disease. Content will review mechanistic responses to disequilibrium in the heart-kidney interaction that lead to alterations in water and sodium balance, the role of vasopressin in the pathogenesis of hyponatremia, and the relationship between hyponatremia and mortality risk. Expert faculty will address differential diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of hyponatremia in HF patients, and will provide insight into clinical evidence for available treatment options, including the benefits and limitations of vasopressin receptor antagonists.

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Nurses
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Mathew R. Weir, MD; Joseph G. Verbalis, MD; James E. Udelson, MD
Cost: Free for members and non-members
Available through: Aug 15, 2016
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Clinical Aspects of Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 in Chronic Kidney Disease

This program will provide current information about the emerging clinical significance of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), a major modifier of bone mineral metabolism. Studies linking FGF23 to adverse renal and cardiovascular outcomes in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) will be discussed.

Target audience: Physicians, Family Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dietitians, and Pharamcists
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Csaba P. Kovesdy, MD, FASN; Myles S. Wolf, MD, MMSc; Orlando M. Gutierrez, MS, MMSc
Cost: Free for members and non-members
Available through: Aug 15, 2016
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New Insights Into the Role of Phosphorus Balance in Chronic Kidney Disease

This program will improve learners’ strategies for managing serum phosphorus and anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) or kidney failure.

Target audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dietitians, and Pharmacists
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Myles S. Wolf, MD, MMSc; Geoffrey A. Block, MD, CCRI; Sylvia E. Rosas, MD, MSCE, FNKF
Cost: Free for members and non-members
Available through: Aug 15, 2016
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Journal of Renal Nutrition (JRN) Online CPE Program

This web-based series of CPE activities is based on single articles published in the Journal of Renal Nutrition (JRN). 

Target audience: Dietitians
Approved for: Varies (1.0 or 2.0) **
Faculty: Varies
Cost: Free for CRN members / Fees apply per article through JRN
Available through: Each article is available for credit for two (2) years from its original posting.
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**All Physician credits are AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. All Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Pharmacist, and Technician credits are measured in contact hours. All Social Worker credits are continuing education clock hours. All Dietitian credits are measured in CPEUs. Family Physician allows up to that many Prescribed Credits. For Physician Assistants, up to that many hours of Category I credit. For Case Managers, credits are measured in clock hours.