Racial Disparities in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

ASN Renal Week 2009 Official Symposium
Welcome and Introductions
Paul Smedberg MD, and Thomas Hostetter, MD

Overview of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in CKD
L. Ebony Boulware, MD

Genetic Components of Racial Disparities in CKD
John R. Sedor, MD

Environmental Components of Racial Disparities in CKD
Keith C. Norris, MD

Questions and Answers
Drs. Boulware, Sedor and Norris




Paul Smedberg, MD (Welcome speech)
Director of Policy and Public Affairs
American Society of Nephrology

Thomas Hostetter (Moderator)
Professor, Department of Medicine (Nephrology)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY 10461

L. Ebony Boulware, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Baltimore, MD

John R. Sedor, MD
Vice President for Research
MetroHealth Campus
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Keith C. Norris, MD
Professor of Medicine
Vice President for Research
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
Los Angeles, California

This group of talks is accredited for up to 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. This group of talks has a single post-test, which must be completed along with an evaluation form to obtain credit. The links to the post-test appear on the individual talk pages.
Date of Web Release: December 16, 2009
CME Credit Eligible Through: April 30, 2011
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™: 1.5
Target Audiences: Physicians, Researchers and Fellows-in-Training.
Method of participation: Listen to the talk, read the PubMed abstracts linked to data slides and talk references, take the post-test, read the abstracts linked to post-test answer feedback material.

OVERVIEW :
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) afflicts millions of Americans and is growing at a rapid rate. The disease is characterized by substantial differences in incidence, progression, treatment, and outcomes across racial and socioeconomic lines. Health disparities are moving to the forefront of health care policy, and the medical community needs to fully understand these issues. This symposium will first provide a general explanation of the epidemiology of CKD. Then, the session will reveal the physical and environmental components of racial disparities related to the disease as well as provide potential solutions to this ongoing problem.

ACCREDITATION AND DESIGNATION STATEMENTS:
Accreditation Statement
The American Society of Nephrology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Credit Designation Statement:
The American Society of Nephrology designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in each portion of this activity.

SPONSORSHIP / SUPPORT :
Support for this session is provided by an educational grant from Amgen.

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