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Madison, WI 53704

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The Wisconsin Dialysis Symposium is a day-long continuing education program.

Workshops are designed by and for dialysis technicians and nurses, renal dietitians and nephorology social workers. The agenda includes separate Ethics and Boundaries sessions.

Attendees earn up to 7.0 CEU’s.

Check out the schedule below.


7:30-8:30 am EARLY BIRD Breakfast Workshops

EBB#1 Pancreas Transplantation 2017: Coming of Age, Expanding Indications and Current Outcomes
Speaker: Jon Odorico, MD, Transplant Surgeon, UW Health
A kidney/pancreas transplant recipient will also share their story.

EBB#2 Improving Food Access for Healthier Outcomes
Speakers: Beth Neary, MD, MS Nutritional Science, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health
Jill Jacklitz, MSSW, Director of Education, UW-Madison Center for Patient Partnerships

EBB#3 Removing Waste and Variation from Home Hemodialysis Treatments
Speaker: Jeff Stumpe, PE, MS, Process Improvement Specialist, Quality Process Improvement Department, Froedtert Hospital

8:30-9:00 am BREAK


9:00-10:15 am PLENARY Session

Welcome, Announcements and Orientation to the Agenda
KEYNOTE: Risky Business: Numeracy and the Communication of Health Information
Presenter: Steven Sparks, M.S. Health Literacy Director, Wisconsin Health Literacy

10:15-10:45 am BREAK


10:45-12:00 am Workshops

AM#4 Nutrition Considerations for Diabetics with Advanced Kidney Disease
Speaker: Rebecca Wallschlaeger, MS, RDN, CD, Transplant Nutritionist, UW Health Abdominal Transplant Program

AM#5 When Patients Can’t Make Decisions: Ethical Lessons from the Pediatric World
Speaker: Julie Raether, MSW, LICSW, Post 9/11 Transition and Care Management Care Coordinator, Minneapolis VA Health Care System

AM#6 The Evils of Access
Speaker: Allan Roza, MD, FACS, Medical College of Wisconsin

12:00-12:15 BREAK


12:15 EXHIBIT AREA closes

12:15-1:30pm LUNCH WORKSHOPS

LUNCH#7 97,126 + 1: Getting on the Kidney Transplant List
Presenters: Joan Heimler, RN, CPTC, Moderator
Allison Stephans, MSW, APSW, Abdominal Transplant Coordinator, Froedtert Abdominal Transplant Program
Christine Carloni, Financial Coordinator, Aurora-St. Luke’s Abdominal Transplant Program
Rebecca Wallschlaeger, MS, RDN, CD, Transplant Nutritionist, UW Health Transplant Program
Deborah Dicke Henslin RN, CCTC, Mayo Clinic Transplant Program

LUNCH#8 Time Management and the Challenge of Infection Control
Speaker: Jesus Almeida, BSN, RN, CNN, Kidney Care Manager, Aspirus Langlade Hospital

LUNCH#9 Cooking From the Food Pantry
Speaker: Chef Duane Sunwold, Instructor at Spokane Community College, Inland Northwest Culinary Academy, Spokane, WA Contributing Chef, National Kidney Foundation Kidney Kitchen

1:30-2:30pm WORKSHOPS

PM#10 Vascular Access: Teaching Your Patients How to be Advocates for Their Lifelines
Speakers: Rod Luther, CCHT, BSEVascular Access Coordinator, Upper Midwest Region, Fresenius Kidney Care
JeVonie Tyars, Former Hemodialysis Patient (In-Center and Home Therapies)

PM#11 Using Quality Improvement to Tackle the Dialysis Unit’s Most Difficult Problems: Can We Improve Albumin?
Speakers: Laura J. Maursetter, DO, UW Health
Meredith Ludwig, RD, CD, Clinical Dietitian, Divine Savior Healthcare

PM#12 Tangled Webs We Weave with Caregiver Boundaries- Solution? Q-TIP!
Speaker: Candace Williams, LCSW, FDC, CMS, Cognitive Psychotherapist, Wellqor

2:30-2:40 pm BREAK

2:45-3:45 pm WORKSHOPS

PM#13 Your Patients Learn More & Live Healthier through Humor & Music
Speaker: Bruce R. Bacon, Northeast Area Director of Sales, Patient Care America

PM#14 Palliative Care for Patients with ESRD
Speaker: Renee Foutz, MD, Assistant Professor of Pallative Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Medical College of Wisconsin

PM#15 Certification Update
Speaker: Katherine H. Houle, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNN-NP, Associate Executive Director Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC)

3:50 -4:50 pm PLENARY SESSION

"It's an Inside Job Today...and Everyday"
Speaker: Jenn Fredericks, Coach, Caregiver, Consumer


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