The activity is jointly provided by Med-IQ and Dallas Nephrology Associates.
Mark J. Lerman, MD, FACP, FASN, FAST
Transplant Nephrologist at Dallas Nephrology Associates
Medical Director Kidney and Pancreas Transplant
Medical City Dallas Hospital
Sandra M. Lauriat, MD, FACP
Board Certified Nephrologist
Dallas Nephrology Associates
Kathryn Schaefer, MSN, RN, CPHRM
Senior Manager, Accreditation and Compliance
East Lansing, MI
Dallas Nephrology Associates
This activity is intended for internal medicine and primary care physicians, as well as cardiologists, endocrinologists, and geriatricians.
Upon completion, participants should be able to:
- Understand the role of kidney transplant in the management of CKD
- Describe the transplant evaluation process and relative contraindications to transplant
- Understand the benefits of living donor transplantation versus deceased donor
- Describe the risks vs benefits of kidney transplant including infectious and non-infectious complications
- Understand the different medications that are required after transplant and the importance of compliance with medications and follow up
- Describe the role of the referring physician after transplantation
Statement of Need
This activity outlines the different ways a primary care physician can assist patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) towards the goal of transplantation. The importance of transplantation, its inherent risks and benefits, the process of the transplant application as well as the post-transplant medication regimen will be reviewed. The role for the primary care physician will be described both before and after transplantation.
Primary care physicians and specialists need to understand the importance of transplant in order to provide the best care and improve outcomes for patients with CKD.
Joint Providership Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Med-IQ and Dallas Nephrology Associates. Med-IQ is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Med-IQ designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Medium/Method of Participation
This CME activity consists of a 1.0-credit online publication. To receive credit, read the introductory CME material, read the publication, and complete the evaluation, attestation, and post-test, answering at least 70% of the post-test questions correctly.
Initial Release Date: October 18, 2018
Expiration Date: October 17, 2019
Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 1 hour
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The content of this activity has been peer reviewed and has been approved for compliance. The faculty and contributors have indicated the following financial relationships, which have been resolved through an established COI resolution process, and have stated that these reported relationships will not have any impact on their ability to give an unbiased presentation.
Sandra M. Lauriat, MD, FACP, has indicated no real or apparent conflicts.
Mark J. Lerman, MD, FACP, FASN, FAST, has indicated no real or apparent conflicts.
The peer reviewers and activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
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