Online Curricula: Geriatric Nephrology

Introduction to the American Society of Nephrology Geriatric Nephrology Curriculum

People 75 and older comprise the fastest-growing group of patients initiating dialysis. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has mandated that fellows receive formal training in geriatric nephrology, but nearly 25% of US institutions with ACGME-accredited nephrology training programs do not have comparable training programs in geriatrics. As a result, these institutions lack an educational structure for teaching geriatric nephrology to fellows.

Recognizing the importance of this issue to physician training and patient care, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) convened the ASN Geriatrics Task Force. Co-chaired by Dimitrios G. Oreopoulos, MD, PhD, and Jocelyn Wiggins, BM, BCH, the task force designed and developed the ASN Geriatrics Nephrology Online Curriculum, with generous financial support from the Association of Specialty Professors (ASP).

This curriculum is based on the ACGME's six core competencies (patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice). The 38 chapters in this online text address the most significant aspects of caring for aging patients with kidney disease, including assessing GFR in the elderly, drug dosing and renal toxicity, management of ESRD in elderly patients, and end of life decision making.

ASN's members, leadership, and staff are grateful to the task force and chapter authors who devoted considerable time and expertise to developing this text. Providing the best medical care for geriatric patients requires a host of special skills and training. This curriculum will be freely accessible to all ASN members and other members of the renal community, to physicians and other providers. The curriculum will make a tangible difference to the care of the aging patient. ASN thanks ASP for supporting the Society's continued efforts to lead the fight against kidney disease.

For more information about the curriculum, the Society's efforts related to geriatric nephrology, or ASN, please contact Mark Lukaszewski, ASN Policy Assistant, at mlukaszewski@asn-online.org or 202-640-4635.

Thomas M. Coffman, MD, FASN
American Society of Nephrology

Chapters

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Geriatric Nephrology: An Epidemiologic and Clinical Challenge

ASN has also made available the presentations (with audio) from the 2-day course "Geriatric Nephrology: An Epidemiologic and Clinical Challenge" that was offered at Renal Week 2008 and Renal Week 2009.

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