Passport sponsors educational symposium for medical professionals to learn more about chronic kidney disease

Passport is sponsoring a live professional education symposium called, “CKDinform: Early Detection and Prevention” for primary care practitioners (PCPs) to learn more about chronic kidney disease (CKD).

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) event takes place on Saturday, November 11, at the Marriott Louisville East, 1903 Embassy Square Blvd., in Louisville.

The 3-hour symposium focuses on the unique role that PCPs play in managing CKD patients. Topics will include the burden of CKD to the population, modifiable CKD risk factors, screening methods, and interpretation of test results. Evidence-based treatment recommendations and management plans for CKD will be presented, and the program will also address the need for timely referral to nephrologists, in addition to the importance of patient education and counseling.

It  is designed for physicians (primary care, cardiologists, endocrinologists), nurses, advanced practitioners, and other clinicians who care for people with CKD.

Attendees at the event will earn up to 3.0 continuing medical education/continuing education (CME/CE) credits/contact hours. Registration in advance is $25; registration at the door will be $30.

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Caregiver burnout is a growing problem across the U.S.

Restoring JoyFrom health sector caregivers to medical students and faculty, caregiver burnout continues to be a growing problem across the United States, according to a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville.

A study released in 2015 by the Mayo Clinic and the American Medical Association reveals that more than 50 percent of physicians in the U.S. demonstrate at least one sign of burnout, a 9 percent increase between 2011 and 2014.

And, according to the 2016 National Healthcare Retention & RN Staffing Report published by NSI Nursing Solutions, Inc., the turnover rate for bedside RNs increased to 17.2 percent, up from 16.4 percent in 2014.

The Joy Experiment seeks to tackle this challenge through an exploratory pilot project for finding new way to use creativity (combined with compassion) to mitigate burnout and improve the health and well-being of caregivers. To learn more about this, please click here.