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Going Virtual 2020: Penn Kidney Transplant Symposium


Nursing and healthcare professionals who care for kidney transplant and dialysis patients are invited to attend Penn Medicine’s Annual Kidney Transplant Symposium on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

Due to COVID-19, the Kidney Transplant Symposium will be offered virtually.

Penn Medicine’s Annual Kidney Transplant Symposium

Headshot of Dr. Roy Bloom of Penn Medicine“We are excited to continue providing updates on in kidney transplantation by offering the attendees the option to participate online, this year,” said Roy D. Bloom, MD, Medical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

“Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with faculty during Q&A sessions following each presentation,” he continued. “Despite the inability to meet in person this year, the symposium will be very similar to previous symposia with the addition of the online platform.”

The National Kidney Registry, Living Donor Kidney Transplants and Hepatitis C Transplantation: 2020 Agenda Highlights

The 2020 agenda spans the phases of kidney transplantation from evaluation to listing to surgery to the post-transplant phase, Dr. Bloom explained.

“This year our program will highlight Penn’s experience in living donor kidney transplantation, and our close partnership with the National Kidney Registry as well as important milestones in the ground breaking Hepatitis C donor transplant option across several organ transplant groups at Penn.”

Additional topics highlighted in the 2020 agenda include the role of smoking cessation in kidney transplant eligibility, financial and psycho-social preparedness for kidney transplantation, and how to prepare patients for when the organ offer call comes.

Virtual Meeting Platform

The event will be hosted through BlueJeans Events platform. The interactive symposium will allow participants to ask questions of the presenters in real time. Symposium evaluations and certificates will be provided electronically.

Registration is currently open, and will close on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. 

CEU Credit

Applications for 5.75 Continuing Education Credits/ CEPTC have been submitted for:

  • Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA)
  • American Board for Transplant Certification (ABTC)
  • National Association of Social Workers – Pennsylvania Chapter (NASW-PA)
  • National Association of Social Workers – New Jersey (NASW-NJ)
  • National Association of Nephrology Technicians and Technologists (NANT)

For more information, contact Margaret Leid, Transplant Outreach Coordinator at or 215-298-3929

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