UA Nephrology Cohosts Free Training for Fellows, Residents on Dialysis Vascular Access, May 5

Graphical representation of hemodialysis courtesy of NIDDK-OTRSThe University of Arizona Division of Nephrology is hosting a Dialysis Access Education Workshop on Saturday, May 5, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Arizona Simulation Technology & Education Center (ASTEC) on the UA Health Sciences campus, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.

[Graphic at right courtesy of Wikipedia: NIDDK-OTRS]

Twenty spots are available for the free health-care provider educational event. The hands-on training for fellows and residents includes:

  • Physical exam of vascular access
  • Ultrasound of vascular access
  • Ultrasound guided vascular access
  • Ultrasound guided renal biopsy
  • Peritoneal dialysis placement & discussion

Image of flyer for this eventView the flyer for this event: ua-lsu-dialysis-access-workshop_flyer_2018.pdf 

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Instructors include Bharat Sachdeva, MD, Chyi Chyi Chong, MD, Gabriel El-Kass, MD, and Bijin Thajudeen, MD. Drs. Chong, El-Kass and Thajudeen are on faculty in the UA Division of Nephrology as clinical assistant professors.

Dr. Bharat SachdevaDr. Sachdeva is an associate professor and nephrology fellowship program director with the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, La. He also is a member of the ESRD (End-Stage Renal Disease) Network 13, one of 18 such networks nationwide that seek to improve quality and safety of dialysis related services provided to individuals with ESRD. He earned his medical degree from Government Medical College, Govt. Medical College, Guru Govind Singh Medical College, in Faridkot, Punjab, India. Afterward, he completed his internship at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital, before doing his internal medicine residency training and nephrology fellowship at LSU – Shreveport.

Dr. Chyi Chyi ChongDr. Chong earned her medical degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, completed her residency at Baystate Medical Center/Tuft University School of Medicine in Springfield, Mass., and her nephrology fellowship at Louisiana State University Health Science Center. She joined the UA faculty in 2016.

Dr. Gabriel El-KassDr. El-Kass is an interventional nephrologist with Tucson’s Southwest Kidney Institute (SKI) who works with UA nephrology fellows. Certified by the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology in advanced hemodialysis access procedures, he received his interventional training in Brooklyn, where he completed his internal medicine residency training at Lutheran Medical Center/SUNY Downstate Affiliate. He completed his nephrology fellowship with Weill Medical College of Cornell University/New York Hospital in Queens. He joined SKI in 2015 and the UA faculty in 2017.

Dr. Bijin ThajudeenDr. Thajudeen completed medical school at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College in Kerala, India. After completing an additional three year training in internal medicine there, he moved to the United States, where he completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship training at the University of Arizona. He joined the UA faculty in 2013, and now serves serves as chief of nephrology service at Banner – University Medical Center South, and as medical director of the DCI Dialysis Center South Tucson and in Douglas, Ariz. 

The agenda includes:
Time — Topic

  • 8:00-8:15 a.m. — Registration/Breakfast
  • 8:15-8:30 a.m. — Introduction
  • 8:30-9:00 a.m. — Physical exam and ultrasound of AV fistula/graft (El-Kass/Chong)
  • 9:00-9:40 a.m. — New technology (Tan)
  • 9:40-10:00 a.m. — Break
  • 10:00-10:30 a.m. — Central line placement (Chong/Thajudeen)
  • 10:30-11:10 a.m. — Kidney biopsy (Sachdeva)
  • 11:10-11:30 a.m. — Break
  • 11:30 a.m.-noon — Intervention for hemodialysis access/Case discussion (El-Kass)
  • 12:00-12:30 p.m. — PD catheter/Case discussion (Sachdeva)
  • 12:30 p.m. — Adjourn
Release Date: 
05/04/2018 - 11:00am