Board Review Course & Update

Board Review Course & Update 2011

Archived Information from Previous Courses

A Prescription for Success

The timing of the ASN Board Review Course & Update (BRCU) in late August maximizes participants' readiness for the ABIM Nephrology Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Examinations on October 18, 2011 (also April 10, 2012 for MOC only). This course provides a timely, comprehensive, and thorough update for the practicing nephrologist.

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant will be able to 1) interpret the fundamental concepts of nephrology in the areas of kidney function/structure; fluid and electrolytes; glomerular/vascular disorders; tubulointerstitial disorders; bone/mineral metabolism, and stones; hypertension; AKI and ICU nephrology; CKD, ESRD, and dialysis; and transplantation; 2) formulate diagnostic and therapeutic options for the management of kidney disease; and 3) test individual medical practice competence against a series of simulated patient/case scenarios.

Who Should Attend?

Senior Nephrologists: Practicing nephrologists in all key areas of the specialty. The course also benefits pediatric nephrologists, intensivists, and hospitalists.
Board Examination Participants: Individuals are thoroughly prepared for upcoming Certification and MOC exams.
Renal Fellows: Fellows seeking a detailed outline and discussion of what their current fellowship program should include.
Fellowship in ASN: The 65.25 CME credit hours earned at the BRCU can be applied towards the 70 hours required to qualify for FASN status.

BRCU Format

Each BRCU topic section and its applicable time allocation are patterned after the ABIM nephrology examination blueprint.

Lectures, interactive case discussions, and panel Q&A sessions are integral parts of the BRCU program. Relevant physiology and pathophysiology are blended with clinical discussions aimed at reviewing, updating, and preparing for the Board Certification and MOC Examinations.


Participants receive a comprehensive syllabus containing lecture outlines, explanatory text, copies of key slides, and updated bibliographies.

Accreditation and CME Credit Designation

ASN is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

ASN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 65.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Statement from ABIM

This course has been developed as an original and independent educational offering based on the public ABIM examination blueprint and is not approved or endorsed by ABIM. In accordance with ABIM policy, no ABIM Board members have been involved in the development of this course. ASN cannot guarantee that attending this course will result in passing the ABIM examination.

BRCU 2011: Saturday, August 27

Welcome and Introduction

Moderator(s): John M. Burkart, MD, and Marc A. Pohl, MD

Time Session Details
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Certification and Maintenance of Certification

Assessment of Kidney Function and Structure

Moderator(s): Marc A. Pohl, MD

Time Session Details
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

GFR, Performance Equations, Monitoring Progression of CKD, and Interpretation of Proteinuria, Albuminuria, and the Urinary Sediment

  • Richard J. Glassock, MD, FASN
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Imaging the Kidney and Urinary Tract and Urologic Conditions that the Nephrologist Must Know

  • Marshall L. Stoller, MD

Perturbations in the Distribution of the Body Fluid Compartments

Moderator(s): Marc A. Pohl, MD

Time Session Details
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Physiology of Volume and Sodium Regulation: Edema, Hypovolemia, and Hypervolemia

  • John B. Stokes, III, MD, FASN
12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch (Sat)

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Relationship between Sodium and Water: Principles of Hyponatremia and Hypernatremia

  • Burton D. Rose, MD

Breakout Sessions: Volume, Sodium, and Water Disorders

Time Session Details
2:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Case Discussions: Session I (Sat)

  • Burton D. Rose, MD
  • John B. Stokes, III, MD, FASN
2:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Case Discussions: Session II (Sat)

  • Tomas Berl, MD, FASN
  • Richard H. Sterns, MD

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Faculty Listing

Chair, Education Committee

Ronald J. Falk, MD, FASN
University of North Carolina Kidney Center
Chapel Hill, NC

ASN Education Directors

John M. Burkart, MD
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Winston-Salem, NC

Marc A. Pohl, MD
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH


Zalman S. Agus, MD
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Gerald B. Appel, MD, FASN
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York, NY

Phyllis August, MD
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
New York, NY

William M. Bennett, MD, FASN
Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital
Portland, OR

Tomas Berl, MD, FASN
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Denver, CO

David A. Bushinsky, MD
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY

William G. Couser, MD, FASN
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Thomas A. Depner, MD
University of California Davis
Sacramento, CA

Thomas D. DuBose, Jr., MD, FASN
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Winston-Salem, NC

Michael Emmett, MD
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Ronald J. Falk, MD, FASN
University of North Carolina Kidney Center
Chapel Hill, NC

Agnes B. Fogo, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

F. John Gennari, MD
University of Vermont College of Medicine
Burlington, VT

Richard J. Glassock, MD
Los Angeles, CA

William L. Henrich, MD, FASN
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Donald E. Hricik, MD
University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH

Stephen M. Korbet, MD, FASN
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Warren L. Kupin, MD
University of Miami School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Julia Lewis, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Ajit Limaye, MD
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Charmaine E. Lok, MD
University Health Network-Toronto General Hospital
Toronto, ON, Canada

Joseph V. Nally, MD
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland , OH

Douglas J. Norman, MD
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, OR

Jean L. Olson, MD
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Paul M. Palevsky, MD, FASN
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine VA Pittsburgh Healthcare
Pittsburgh, PA

Beth M. Piraino, MD
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Asghar Rastegar, MD
Yale University
New Haven, CT

Helmut G. Rennke, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA

Burton D. Rose, MD
Waltham, MA

Stuart M. Sprague, DO, FASN
North Shore University Health System
Evanston, IL

Richard H. Sterns, MD
Rochester General Hospital
Rochester, NY

John B. Stokes III, MD, FASN
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Marshall L. Stoller, MD
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Charuhas V. Thakar, MD
Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH

Ashita J. Tolwani, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

Stephen J. Tomlanovich, MD
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Raymond R. Townsend, MD
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

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