Annual Dialysis Conference (ADC)
ADC is a large dialysis conference, offered annually, typically in March, at various locations across the country. ADC offers a pediatric tract and a specific pediatric renal tract within the pediatric focus with breakout sessions for dietitians and networking lunches. Cutting edge dialysis care is the focus on this event and is 2 ½ days with an optional additional fundamentals course.
Pediatric Renal Nutrition Academy (PRNA)
PRNA is a training-specific event offered periodically, typically prior to other major conferences to allow for optimization of the clinicians conference travel budget. PRNA is designed to be a one day course in hands-on skills for pediatric renal dietitians, covering the major areas and topics that pediatric renal dietitians need to know and includes all areas of pediatric renal nutrition. An introductory tract is available for clinicians new to the field or those who want a skill review, and an intermediate-advanced level event is available for more experienced clinicians who wish to take their skills to the next level. Information about upcoming PRNA events are regularly shared on the pediatric renal nutrition listserv.
American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN) Affiliate Meeting
The ASPN affiliate meeting is a 1 ¼ day event that focuses on non-dialysis pediatric renal care, such as CKD pre-dialysis, other pediatric kidney conditions and kidney transplant. It is geared toward nurses, dietitians, social workers, psychologists, child life specialists and similar clinicians. Some breakout sessions are included for dietitians. It is typically in October, annually and is held in various locations.
Western Society of Pediatric Nephrology (WSPN)
The WSPN group focuses on clinicians in pediatric nephrology practice in the western part of North America, however, their annual 1 ¼ day educational event is open to clinicians from other areas. Typically, a physician focused meeting, periodically, the meeting will focus on outreach to multi-disciplinary practitioners and will include nutrition-specific sessions. The WSPN meeting typically focuses on non-dialysis care. Information is periodically shared on the pediatric renal nutrition listserv when this event is inclusive of multidisciplinary practitioners. It is held in locations in the western part of North America.
National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Spring Clinical Meetings
The NKF spring clinical meetings is a large 4-5 day event open to all renal practitioners and includes a pediatric-focused track and a pediatric renal nutrition half-day pre-conference event, as well as cutting-edge information on nephrology nutrition care. The event is located in various locations across the U.S. and is typically held in the spring.
Annual Transplant Nutrition Conference
The North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO) Annual Transplant Nutrition Conference is a 2-day workshop focusing on transplant nutrition care for the entry level to advance practice dietitian providing required content to maintain transplant nutrition competency. The event is located in various locations and is typically held in late summer or early fall.