Welcome Message from our Course Directors

Dr. Saurabh Pokhariyal, Director and HOD, Nephrology & Renal Transplant Medicine FMRI, Gurgaon

I would like to welcome you to this course on Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). As a major non-communicable disease CKD is assuming epic proportions across the world. Treatment of advanced renal disease by dialysis or renal transplantation is prohibitively expensive and in low income countries very few patients can afford such care. The focus should therefore be on preventing kidney disease or slowing the progression of CKD so that dialysis or transplantation can be avoided. We have put together a comprehensive module on diagnosing, classifying and managing all aspects of CKD and it should go a long way in helping our primary care physicians in caring for such patients.

Dr. Saurabh Pokhariyal has been in active Nephrology and Transplant Medicine for over 19 years. Over the last 11 years, he has been instrumental in setting up the Department of Nephrology & Renal Transplant Medicine, including the Dialysis Unit, at leading hospitals in Delhi NCR, including Medanta - The Medicity and Fortis Healthcare - Fortis Vasant Kunj and more recently, at Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurgaon. A graduate of Kanpur Medical College, Dr. Pokhariyal did his Nephrology training from Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow and subsequently spent one year as an Assistant Professor of Nephrology at the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad. Following this, he did a three-year fellowship in Nephrology and Renal Transplant at the prestigious University of Toronto in Canada. While his expertise in Nephrology and Renal Transplant Medicine covers the breadth of the speciality, Dr Pokhariyal has a keen interest in critical care nephrology and in doing ABO-incompatible transplants. He has also worked extensively in Primary Glomerular Diseases. Currently, he is the Director and Head of Department for Nephrology & Renal Transplant Medicine at FMRI, Gurgaon.

Dr Kieran Walsh, Clinical director - BMJ Learning and Quality BMJ, UK

BMJ is one of the world's leading providers of medical knowledge and education. The BMJ brand stands for medical credibility - we are known around the world for the quality of our content. Our portfolio of learning products provides doctors and other healthcare professionals with the opportunity to engage with the most current and relevant content for their continuing professional development. BMJ is proud to offer the new Chronic Kidney Disease certificate course. The modules in the course have been created and reviewed by eminent subject experts across India. We are sure that this course will help you improve the quality of care that you provide to patients.

Dr Kieran Walsh is Clinical Director at BMJ. He is the editorial lead of the medical education, and clinical decision support products at BMJ. He has a vast amount of experience in online medical education, face to face delivery of medical education, and both summative and formative assessment. He has published over 200 papers in the biomedical literature and has published four books: the first and only book on cost effectiveness in medical education; a dictionary of quotations in medical education; a history of medical education in 100 images; and the Oxford Textbook of Medical Education. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators. In the past he has worked as a hospital doctor specialising in General Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.

Course objectives

  1. Definition of chronic kidney disease (CKD) ,epidemiology (EPI) of CKD, common causes of CKD, different stages of CKD, indications for referral to a nephrologist and follow-up and monitoring required
  2. To know if screening is helpful in early diagnosis of CKD, and its management and to know who is at high risk of developing CKD, choose investigations and to diagnose diagnose CKD
  3. To understand the treatment of reversible causes of renal failure in a patient with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and measures to slow progression of kidney disease.
  4. To understand information regarding monitoring and management of various complications of diabetes with particular emphasis on diabetic nephropathy and hypertensive nephropathy kidney disease
  5. Understanding nephropathy CKD during pregnancy and in the elderly and children
  6. Learning about timely vaccination of in patients with CKD and what are the mandatory vaccinations that every patient with CKD should receive.
  7. Importance and merits of the different vascular access and The various kinds of vascular accesses available for dialysis, their pros and cons , and how to manage the complications associated with them.
  8. Understanding about Protein-energy wasting (PEW) and the factors associated with it and parameters used in assessing PEW in adults and children with CKD. Evidence-based requirements of key nutrients for adults and children with CKD with/out dialysis

About Indian Society of Nephrology (ISN)

The Indian Society of Nephrology was born when 10 like minded and strong-willed individuals sat together on a balmy day in Mumbai (then Bombay) in 1970. Since its inception, the Society has focussed on the advancement of education and practice aimed towards improving of care of patients with kidney diseases. The Society has continuously provided a platform for dissemination and sharing of scientific exchange amongst professionals interested in the study of kidney and its diseases in the country. The Indian Society of Nephrology currently has over 950 members. A vast majority of the members are nephrologists, but we have increasing representation of other specialist, such as transplant surgeons, pathologists and basic scientists which helps widen the base of the Society. The Society collaborates closely with other like-minded societies such as the International Society of Nephrology and the Asian-Pacific Society of Nephrology for a closer international integration.