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Dr. David J. Levenson gives an overview on the grand myths of Nephrology.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss common misconceptions about the use of diuretics
  • Discuss common misconceptions about the care of patients with acute and chronic kidney disease
  • Describe risk factors for radiocontrast AKI, as well as indications for dialysis

Reading Resources:

  1. Chobanian AV et al. JAMA 2003:289;2560-72.
  2. De Coster C, McLaughlin K, Noseworthy TW. Criteria for referring patients with renal disease for nephrology consultation: a review of the literature. J Nephrol. 2010 Jul-Aug;23(4):399-407. Review.
  3. Rachoin JS, Cerceo EA. Four nephrology myths debunked.  J Hosp Med. 2011 May;6(5):E1-5. doi: 10.1002/jhm.703. Epub 2010 Dec 17. Review.


Dr. Levenson has financial interests with the following any entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Other:  Business interest in certain dialysis units and a vascular access center operated by DaVita Inc.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.75 contact hour.

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Release Date: 5/10/2013 | Last Modified On: 5/10/2013 | Expires: 5/9/2014

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