3rd Preston Renal Biopsy CoursePreston United Kingdom
April 26-27, 2014
Education Centre 1, Royal Preston Hospital, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, Preston UK
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals
Local Coordinator/Contact Person for information
Dr Aimun Ahmed and Dr Alexander Woywodt
Aimun Ahmed MSc MD FRCP, Consultant Physician and Nephrologist, Senior Lecturer at Manchester University.
Renal Unit, Royal Preston Hospital, Sharoe Green Lane
Preston PR2 9HT Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Phone: 01772-52-4629 (Secretary)
Most nephrologists perform renal biopsies on both native and transplant kidneys. Training is usually “on the job” under the supervision of an experienced biopsy operator. However, other than watching there is very little in terms of hands-on training before one performs the first couple of biopsies.
The aim of this course is to provide introduction regarding indications, contraindications and complications of renal biopsy. We have real cases to debate whether doing a kidney biopsy would be useful or not. The unique feature of this course is the hands-on sessions in small groups. In this course there is the opportunity to practice the use of ultrasound to identify and localize native kidneys of healthy volunteers as well as transplant kidneys.
We teach how to correctly position patients to scan their kidneys. There is opportunity in this course to gain hands-on experience with the actual kidney biopsy itself with our purpose-built renal biopsy simulator, also we have the purpose built renal biopsy model manufactured by ‘’Blue Phantom’’ i.e. candidates practice on 2 different models in the same course. All of this will give valuable experience and the opportunity to get a grip on equipment and handling in a stress-free setting. In summary we train on how to use ultrasound scan to localize both native and transplant kidneys and on how to do renal biopsy (on model) and examine kidney cores under microscope to make sure they are adequate biopsies.
This is the first course of its kind not just in the UK or Europe but in fact in the whole world to train on 2 different models in the same course, with plenty of ‘’hands on’’ time. The first course to train on doing renal biopsy and to teach its indication, contraindication, and how to deal with its complications, also which needles to use and what to look at before and after the renal biopsy. We present real clinical dilemmas and controversial cases where biopsy may or may not be indicated and also in management and treatment.
We have excellent UK speakers who are experts in their field teaching in this course. The interest we had for our 1st and 2nd course in 2012 and 2013 was huge. The waiting list for the course was as many as the candidates who attended the course and because it is a ‘’hands on’’ course the number were limited to 20. The feedback we had also was excellent (sample is attached of the feedback). Candidates thought it is the best course they had ever attended. We had candidates from 14 different countries over 3 continents; Europe, Africa and Asia coming to Preston. Candidates from 9 European countries came to our renal biopsy course (Ireland, UK, Greece, Portugal, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Romania, Hungary), and some of them have commented that without the sponsorship of ERA-EDTA and obviously the reduced course fee they would not have been able to afford to come to such a valuable course! The course without the ERA-EDTA sponsorship would have been 5 times more expensive which would have limit interest from outside the UK.
The course is awarded with 12 CME points by the Royal College of Physicians in London and kindly have been and endorsed in 2012 and sponsored by ERA-EDTA in 2013. we are looking forward with more support from ERA-EDTA.
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