Life as a Nephrologist Series
Palliative Care and Nephrology with Dr. Holly Koncicki

Palliative Care and Nephrology with Dr. Holly Koncicki

December 15, 2020

On this episode, Corey is joined by our guest, Holly M. Koncicki, Associate Professor of Nephrology and Palliative Care at Mount Sinai. Dr. Koncicki is in the Division of Nephrology and Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

First, Dr. Koncicki discusses what inspired her to become a nephrologist and how she became interested in palliative care. Corey and Dr. Koncicki review data from To Dialysis and Beyond: The Nephrologist’s Responsibility for Advance Care Planning. She offers advice on decisions about modality for advance kidney disease patients and dialysis. She notes how is it not only important to work well with the interdisciplinary team, but it’s crucial to coordinate with the patient’s other providers, such as their cardiologist, oncologists, etc. The conversation about the patient’s care needs to continue overtime and the care team must be on the same page in order to make it less difficult for the patient.

In relation to advanced care planning and dialysis, they talk about over discussing and reflecting on conversations to match patient values.

They expand upon dialysis versus conservative management:

How do you objectively tell your patients they would not do well on dialysis?

How do we assess who is at a high risk of having poor outcomes on dialysis?

How do we get doctors to think about conservative kidney management?

They wrap up by discussing Dr. Koncicki’s AJKD article Opioid Management in CKD and how doctors should appropriately select opioids as well as the importance of setting expectations for patients.

 

 

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Women in Nephrology

Women in Nephrology

October 14, 2020

The faces of leadership in nephrology are changing, what was once a playing field for exclusively men, is slowly transforming to include a diverse group of men and women.  

In this episode, we are joined by women who have traversed the leadership ladder. This group includes a current President, two incoming presidents of nephrology societies and an industry executive:   

Dr. Holly Kramer, National Kidney Foundation President, clinical nephrologist at Loyola University Medical Center

Dr Lisa Curtis Associate Professor of Medicine at UAB and incoming Women in Nephrology President

Dr. Susan Quaggin, Canadian nephrologist and incoming American Society of Nephrology President

Dr. Reshma Kewalramani, CEO and President of Vertex Pharmaceuticals

These women discuss their journeys, the importance of mentorship, taking risks, kindness, and keeping prospective. Also, they talk about finding your purpose, perseverance, and how to bounce back from failure and rejection. We hope you enjoy this episode with significant insights and advice from each guest. Please share this episode and let us know your thoughts on Twitter @NKF_NephPros or email nkfpodcast@kidney.org

Episode 20: International Medical Graduates in Nephrology: A Guide for Trainees and Programs

Episode 20: International Medical Graduates in Nephrology: A Guide for Trainees and Programs

August 27, 2020

In this episode, we discuss the recently published ACKD article, “International Medical Graduates in Nephrology: A Guide for Trainees and Programs” Our guests are the authors, Javier Neyra, Maria Clarissa Tio, Silvia Ferrè and the co-editors Matthew Sparks and Samira Farouk.

 

Although international medical graduates are offered opportunities for training and professional growth that are beyond those available in their countries of origin, they typically encounter barriers to transition from training to practice and early-stage career development. The authors describe the exchange visitor and temporary worker visas granted to foreign trainees in the U.S, focusing on the transition from training to nephrology practice and/or research. They provide recommendations and encourage trainees to seek continuous support from their programs/sponsors and assistance from immigration representatives at their training institutions. This episode provides a positive message that there are many pathways to arrive at the desired post-training destination and emphasizes how additional funding opportunities are there! Ultimately, these authors will not let you navigate blindly.

 

We are bringing on a new co-host for this month’s episode, please help us welcome Natasha Dave, MD! She is a nephrologist at the Bruce W. Carter Miami Veterans Affair Medical Center. She completed her internal medicine residency training at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago and then completed her Nephrology fellowship and chief year at Baylor in Houston. Post-fellowship she joined Baylor as an assistant professor of medicine primarily practicing at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center prior to moving to Miami.

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Dr. Dave's other clinical and educational interests include mentorship, social media/educational content generation and as her Twitter profile (@NatashaNDave) suggests electrolytes. She serves on the Executive Council of Women in Nephrology and is involved in a number of online projects and roles that begin after she completed a one year social media internship with the Nephrology Social Media Collective (NSMC). Some of these roles include being a faculty contributor for the Renal Fellow Network and American Journal of Kidney Diseases blogs as well as partaking in committees with the American Society of Nephrology, Nephrology Business Leadership University, Kidney Medicine journal and NSMC. Outside of medicine her other passions include long distance running, meditation and travel.

 

 

Episode: 19: Telehealth with Eric Wallace, M.D., FASN

Episode: 19: Telehealth with Eric Wallace, M.D., FASN

July 29, 2020

This episode we bring on Eric L. Wallace, M.D., FASN, Director of Home Dialysis at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Medical Director of Telehealth. Telehealth allows patients to teleconference and/or have telephone conversations with their existing doctor(s).  In today’s environment, with many provider offices still closed, this may be a good solution and/or alternative for patients to continue their existing care under the direction of their provider via teleconference. Dr. Wallace discusses his journey to becoming an expert in telemedicine and the challenges that come with the territory. He explains how you can accomplish a lot over the phone in nephrology, but there can be issues with technology, internet connection (especially for patients in rural areas), and tech literacy. Lastly, he explains how socioeconomics play a huge role in Telehealth, public health and public education issues, techniques to improve your phone calls with patients, and the future of Telehealth. 

 

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Episode 18: AJKD Editorial Interns

Episode 18: AJKD Editorial Interns

May 6, 2020

This episode features the the second cohort of interns from the American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD) Editorial Internship Program. This one-year program is an opportunity for nephrology fellows to participate in journal editorial processes. Tune in to learn more about their experience!

The 2020 interns are:

Harish Seethapathy - Massachusetts General Hospital

Bethany Roehm - Tufts Medical Center

Amy Yau - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Ryann Sohaney - University of Michigan

 

The application for the 2020-2021 is due May 30, 2020! Applicants need to be current first year neph fellows or second year fellows staying on for a third year, with an interest in academic writing and publishing. 

Music by Scott Holmes “Follow Your Dreams” licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0

Episode 17: Kidney Medicine with Dan Weiner (Life as a Nephrologist Series)

Episode 17: Kidney Medicine with Dan Weiner (Life as a Nephrologist Series)

February 26, 2020

In this episode, Editor-in-Chief Daniel E. Weiner, MD, MS, discusses Kidney Medicine, a peer-reviewed, open access journal focused on clinical research in nephrology and hypertension launched in 2019. Listeners will more about how Kidney Medicine provides content that encompasses all clinical nephrology while additionally providing a platform for highlighting the patient-reported outcomes research and qualitative research that are essential for improving patient care. Follow @KidneyMed on Twitter and visit kidneymedicinejournal.org to check out the current issue and submit manuscripts! 
 

Please help us welcome our new host of "Life a Nephrologist", Corey Cavanaugh, DO! Corey Cavanaugh, DO, is a nephrologist specializing in glomerular diseases or diseases that impact the kidneys. These include lupus, vasculitis, membranous nephropathy and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), among others. Cavanaugh attended medical school at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University, where he met his wife. They both completed their internal medicine training at the University of Louisville. Cavanaugh then went on to pursue a nephrology fellowship at Yale University before settling in Virginia. 

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Music by Scott Holmes “Follow Your Dreams” licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0

Episode 16: Pediatric Nephrology (Life as a Nephrologist Series)

Episode 16: Pediatric Nephrology (Life as a Nephrologist Series)

July 17, 2019

I’m delighted to share a conversation we recorded between two wonderful people, Dr Patty Seo Mayer and Dr JJ Zaritsky. Dr Seo Mayer is Medical Director of Pediatric Nephrology at Inova Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Specialists of Virginia, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Dr. Zaritsky is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University and Chief of Pediatric Nephrology at Nemours duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. They have an engaging discussion about pediatric nephrology as a newer field of medicine and describe the people who are drawn to it as naturally empathetic problem solvers.

Music by Scott Holmes “Follow Your Dreams” licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0

Episode 15: Rural Nephrology with Dr. Lisa Weber (Life as a Nephrologist Series)

Episode 15: Rural Nephrology with Dr. Lisa Weber (Life as a Nephrologist Series)

June 3, 2019

Dr. Lisa Weber is a fascinating and extremely busy person, a nephrologist and dialysis medical director in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Weber has a multifaceted career involving caring for CKD and transplant patients in the city of Wichita, and travelling to oversee dialysis clinics in the surrounding areas. She attended medical school at the University of Kansas and completed Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. We talk about some of the joys and challenges of practicing as a rural nephrologist and how she “wears a lot of hats” by necessity.

Music by Scott Holmes “Follow Your Dreams” licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0

Episode 14: Dr. Vanessa Grubbs (Life as a Nephrologist Series)

Episode 14: Dr. Vanessa Grubbs (Life as a Nephrologist Series)

April 29, 2019

This episode is a conversation with Dr. Vanessa Grubbs, a nephrologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF. Dr. Grubbs went to medical school at Duke University, completed internal medicine residency at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, and nephrology fellowship at UCSF. She describes her true passions as renal palliative care and narrative non-fiction. We talk about these topics as well as racial disparities in the care of kidney patients, and her path to nephrology from primary care. Her book, Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers, a Kidney Doctor's Search for the Perfect Match, was published by Harpers Collins in 2017. It’s a memoir, a love story, and a gripping description of the experience of dialysis and kidney transplant patients all in one. She also has the enviable Twitter handle: @TheNephrologist.

Music by Scott Holmes “Follow Your Dreams” licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0

Episode 13: AJKD Editorial Internship (Life as a Nephrologist Series)

Episode 13: AJKD Editorial Internship (Life as a Nephrologist Series)

February 14, 2019

This is a conversation with the first cohort of interns from the American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD) new Editorial Internship Program. This one-year program is an opportunity for nephrology fellows to participate in journal editorial processes. 

The first year’s interns are:

Samantha Gelfand MD, University of Pennsylvania

Pascale Khairallah MD, Columbia University,

Devika Nair MD, Vanderbilt University,

Adrian Whelan MD, University of California at San Francisco

The application for the 2019-2020 internship is now open! Applicants need to be current first year neph fellows or second year fellows staying on for a third year, with an interest in academic writing and publishing.  

Music by Scott Holmes “Follow Your Dreams” licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0

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